The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout – 3 stars
This was definitely a unique read. I’ve read a lot of JLA’s books (mostly the YA paranormal), and have loved them. This one did fall short for me just because the fun, quirky, and witty humor was far less in this than her other books. The Problem with Forever is a beautiful story of becoming from tragedy. It’s about looking back at what you’ve lived through and coming out stronger, or at the very least, trying.
The main character, Mallory, has speech problems due to her tragic past. Due to writing about a girl with a speech impediment, there are a lot of ‘…’ throughout the book. A LOT. For me to really get into it, I had to read it as a girl with such a disability would speak. That helped, but granted, the ‘…’ was a bit overdone. Especially in parts where Mallory was not speaking, or another character was.
The story is about growth, accepting who you are, but also willing to overcome your struggles. For trying to always be better. It’s something I think a lot of us need to remember. Don’t just accept your face value, but increase your worth with time.
While this was my least favorite book of Armentrout’s, it was still a good read.
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.