The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book Review


Image result for the problem with foreverTitle: The Problem with Forever
Series: standalone
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Edition: ebook
Pages: 480
My Rating: 3.5 / 5
Goodreads page

ATTENTION: There are no spoilers in this review.



For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

(This synopsis is from Goodreads.)



I’m going to start off by saying I had really high hopes for this book because I love Jennifer L. Armentrout’s other works, namely the Lux series. That being said, I was sort of disappointed.

Was this book awful? No. It was decent. It just didn’t have the wow-factor that the Lux series had. It was like your average YA contemporary romance. It was super easy to read, though. I finished it quickly, which is uncalled for because I read super slowly. On average, I take about two weeks on a book. This one took me only two days.

I guess why I didn’t like this book that much is because I didn’t care much about the characters. Because The Problem with Forever didn’t stand out to me, I didn’t care for it. (I know that sounds harsh, but if a book doesn’t have a unique factor to it, I’m most likely not going to remember it.)

On the other hand, it was a good story. I enjoyed it. It’s one of those lighter, slightly fluffy with a hint of a dark past kind of contemporary. If you are in the mood for one of those, I would recommend this book.

Overall, the book was okay. The story was okay. The characters were fine. It just isn’t enough for me to say that I loved it.



Mallory “Mouse” Dodge

I actually don’t have much to say about Mallory.

Rider Stark

He’s your typical bad boy with a good heart who takes care of everyone.


What. Is. Her. Problem? She reminds me a bit of Regina George from Mean Girls.


He’s one of my favorite characters. He doesn’t judge anyone and is kind despite the crappy situations he gets himself in.



I give this book 3.5 / 5 BBC Sherlock heads. I was expecting a little bit more (because I loved the Lux series by the same author), but it was still good.




Until next time….


4 thoughts on “The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book Review

  1. abookblog 02/17/2017 / 9:16 am

    I liked this review, it was short and pithy (not that I don’t enjoy reading longer reviews). I’ve been meaning to get that book for a while now but I’ve just never bought it. I might still buy it someday, even though your review made me doubt, haha. Also, I really like the cover of that book (;

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    • Jessica 02/17/2017 / 11:24 am

      It’s not a bad book, but I also don’t think it’s Armentrout’s best work. Anyway, that’s just my opinion. I think you should give it a try to see if you like it. And I agree, the cover is pretty gorgeous. 😊

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  2. gargatuanbookelle 03/08/2017 / 3:35 pm

    I really loved this book, to be honest. I really resonated with Mallory’s struggles to accept the past and move forward. I liked her progression as she became more confident. Personally, I find that a lot of YA contemp’s can be very obsessed with trivial things, but TPWF felt real to me. I do wish that Rider got more of a conclusion, though. It wasn’t fair that Mal went through truck loads of therapy and all we get about him is he might go to uni. Love your blog by the way! Have you read The Covenant series by Armentrout? It’s a lot more kick ass than this was for sure 😆

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    • Jessica 03/08/2017 / 4:49 pm

      I agree. Rider needed a better conclusion. Maybe we’ll get a sequel with his story?
      Thank you! 😊 I haven’t read Armentrout’s Covenant series yet, but I want to sometime in the future.

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