22 September 2017

Review: If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published September 5th, 2017 by Harlequin Teen
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A single choice can change everything.

Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications, and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when she and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

My thoughts… **spoilers**


I do enjoy Jennifer L. Armentrout immensely and I knew that I would eventually purchase There's No Tomorrow, I stayed away from spoilers and I wasn’t aware of what “A single choice can change everything” would mean in this book. I had a suspicion of teen pregnancy, I was way off and completely surprised, because I have experienced the loss of someone I loved, twice, because of a drunk driver.
           
Lena is about to begin her senior year of high school. She enjoys hanging out with her friends but she isn't a party type and doesn't like to drink, she rather stay home and read a book. Lena’s goal is to enjoy her final year of high school, work hard for that volleyball scholarship, she’s also dealing with the fact that she’s in love with Sebastian and she is ready to tell him. Sebastian is her best friend, and her next-door neighbor. They have known each other for nearly ten years and have been inseparable. What she doesn't know is that he had always been in love with her as well. It’s looking like it is going to be a great year for her… until everything changes.

After the accident happens, Lena shuts down and shuts everyone out. Her response is completely understandable, she made a bad decision. She feels guilty that she was the lone survivor and can’t stop blaming herself for the accident, if only she could have been more persistent and drove the car herself, her friends would still be alive.

This book deals with tough issues… death, grief, counseling, underage drinking, drinking and driving, it’s heartbreaking and sad. Lena goes through so much and must work through her feelings, it was an emotional journey to experience. The slow-burn romance between Sebastian and Lena was so adorable and I loved seeing them open and honest with each other.

I think every teenager and adult should read this book, because it really makes you think about your choices and what would you do in this situation. It is a tragedy that is only too real and something that people face all the time. My best friend Amy passed away in 1988 while driving in a car with someone who had been drinking that evening, she was 18. Five years ago, my cousin Kayla and her friend Ally were also in a car with a drunk driver, the driver loss control, Kayla and Ally were ejected and died instantly, her other friends in the car were hospitalized. This week (19 Sept) would have been Kayla’s 19th birthday.  -J


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