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

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Book: The Problem with forever
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Pages: 474 ( Hardcover)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: May 17th, 2016

Official Synopsis:

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 Review:

To be honest, I had no idea what this book was even about. I just heard that it was supposed to be good and since I love Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books I just bought it.
First of all, this book is very well written. Second, the themes are quite dark and the characters have to face actual, terrible problems. They suffer from abuse, prejudice, poverty, sickness. They have traumas and the reader is able to connect to them and understand them. The kind of effects traumas can have are described very well and realistic.
I especially like the main character. She always thinks of herself as weak, but at one point she realizes that she isn’t. That she is strong and is able to help the love interest. The character development is just so great! For a few times I thought that this was going to be a typical “boy saves girl and girl cannot live without boy” story, and even if it is in the beginning, it develops to the girl saving herself with some help of that boy.
There are realistically written, strong female characters. Not every girl is stupid except for the main character, they all have a black and white side, make mistakes and also do something good. Also yas for the girl friendships and girls supporting each other and girls being just like they are in real life. I was quite happy upon seeing the word “mansplain”.
All in all, this was an amazing read.

Rating:

★★★★/5

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