Review: The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Hardcover474 pages
Published May 17th 2016

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.

My thoughts ~

I think all of us, at the end of the day, just want to be real and want to be loved.  --Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Problem with Forever is about two teenagers with a seriously horrible past, Mallory Dodge (Mouse) and Rider Stark.  They are raised for more than a decade by abusive foster parents.  Not only was Rider her best friend, but he was her protector, he took beatings that she was meant to take. He sacrificed himself to protect Mallory and keep her safe at all costs. Eventually, they are removed from that horrible environment, but they are separated and taken in by different families. Four years later, they are reunited as Mallory goes from being home schooled into a local high school and she and Rider are reunited.

Even though they both moved into good homes, Mallory and Rider are anything but okay, they still have issues they are dealing with from the past.  Because of their traumatic upbringing, Mallory becomes as silent as a mouse, nickname given by Rider, she is unable to stand up for herself and has difficulties communicating with others.  As for Rider, he appears to be relatively unscathed but, things are not always as they seem.

I just loved Rider, not only because of how he cared for Mallory in the past, but because those actions continued through to present day. Rider stepped back into Mallory's life and became her protector all over again.

Mallory grew so much throughout the book and I was happy and tearful when she could stand in front of the class and give her speech.

One of my favorite reads of 2017.

Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it really didn’t exist. –Mallory Dodge

Happy Reading ~ Jovi


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