From #1 New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER-a young adult title about friendship, survival, and finding your voice being released on May 17th, 2016! Read more about this stunning new novel below and be sure to pre-order your copy today to receive an amazing FREE fan pack while supplies last!
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Title: The Problem with Forever
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by: 17 May 2016 | Harlequin Teen
Date Read: 23 April 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of auto-read authors. I have actually read almost all of her works. So, I simply cannot miss to chance to join the blog tour and read her new novel The Problem with Forever.
Forever: a seemingly long time; a time that seems to last very long and endless.
Just into the prologue I already felt a lot. It was moving and strong. I was nervous whenever I stumble into a book that made me feel this way. I find myself thinking a lot of scenarios that might play out in the story. I’m paranoid like that. But fortunately, everything played out right and okay.
“Words were never the problem. I had them, always had them, but it was plucking the words out and putting a voice to them that had always been tricky.”
Mallory suffers from an extreme post-traumatic stress syndrome that makes it hard for her to communicate verbally. Silence has always been her shield. This has been the outcome of her traumatic childhood. It’s not that she can’t really speak nor because of shyness – its just that she’s terrified to do so.
I love Mallory’s voice on the story. She may not be able to convey her emotions verbally but she’s actually very talkative on her thoughts.. Throughout the story, I really liked how she tried to get out of her comfort zone and overcome her fears. I felt her anguish, distraught and anxiety as she overcome those.
At the age of thirteen, she was adopted by two loving doctors who took care of her needs. She was home-schooled from that age until her junior year until she decided that she needed to get out of her shelf and join a normal high-school on her senior year. She thought that to be able to reach her dream on going to college, a much bigger place with a lot more of people to interact with she needs to practice interacting with normal people her age – Until she bumped again into Rider after years of separation.
“He always seems so much bigger, older than her, because in her eyes, he took up her entire world.”
Rider – aside from being hot with extra two t’s – was Mallory’s savior since she’s a child. He’s a mess inside that’s why he’s keen on fixing the lives of people around him. I loved how after all the years they are part he’s still attentive and so protective of Mallory. It goes to show that distance really just makes the heart grow fonder.
“We’d been separated. But we had never really been apart.”
The moment these two met again, I can’t help but squeal with delight and happiness. Sparks are flying! From that moment on, I literally flew into their story as well.
Throughout the story, there are parts that we were taken back to the past of Mallory and Rider giving us a glimpse of what happened then that makes up who they are today. I love getting to know them as they are good characters. I love their complexity and normality. They greatly developed as the story progress. We saw them mature and learn. It took them some time but they were able to strengthen their strengths and conquer their weaknesses.
Aside from the romance, I liked the strong family and friendship bonds that are present in the story.
Mallory’s parents are great secondary characters. They played a great role to both Mallory and Rider’s life. I really like how they treat Mallory. I can definitely feel their genuine love and concern for her. Though they way they treated Rider at first was not quite good but it definitely understandable where they’re coming from.
Hector and Jayden, Rider’s best buds and Ainsley, Mallory’s friend are also great additions to the story.
“Forever is a work in progress.”
I absolutely loved how this whole story played out. It was surprisingly good but it is to be expected since it’s by Jennifer L. Armentrout. 😉
The Problem With Forever is indeed a heart-wrenching tale telling us that letting go of the past is necessary but we should learn from it and to look forward to the bright future. Indeed, forever is a work in progress. It does not end. It’s always just up to you how your forever will play out.
In all, thank you so much for all the feels. Thank you for nailing down all the feels. This has been a very special book and a special set of characters for me.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
# 1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.
She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
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Praise for THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER:
“The intensity between Mouse and Rider is palpably sizzling… romance aficionados [will] lose themselves in Mouse and Rider’s smoldering glances and steamy kisses.” –Kirkus
“Armentrout’s effort to gradually coax her protagonist from her shell via a supportive, loving community succeeds, and readers looking for an inspirational comeback story will find Mallory’s to be satisfying and hopeful” –Publishers Weekly