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Aug 23, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout



Title: The Problem with Forever
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fiction







Blurb:

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.

Krishna's Thoughts:

It has been a long time since my last book review.

I came back because I read this book and I just can't and I mean I JUST CAN'T NOT review this book. It was raw and gritty and real. It wasn't just a normal YA romance. It certainly wasn't fluffy. It has depth. It has heart. It has that special something that makes a book go inside your head, heart and soul. It stayed with me. I thought about it after DAYS of finishing it. Then, I got on my my computer, dusted my book blog and started writing this review because this book is that good. It made me get off my lazy mode. 




Mallory is the kind of heroine who gives off a mixed feeling. There were times when I just want to hug her and tell her that it's okay and there were times when she frustrated the hell out of me and I just want to slap her. This was good because without these feelings she incited out of me, she wouldn't be real to me. Her mind is complex. She was weak, so weak and then she was strong, so strong. I loved being a part of her complex journey into finding the strength to finally get up and move forward. For her to finally stand up, open her mouth and fight for what she wanted, to finally tell the people she loves what she wanted out of her life.

And then there was Rider. He's the kind of hero you just have to love. He's strong but so broken. The only regret I have on this book is that I didn't get inside Rider's head. I didn't get his take on what happened. His pain was not the focus of the book but Mallory's journey to finding her strength and fighting for Rider.

The chemistry was good. The flow of how they got together is quite nice too. It wasn't hurried. They had to go through a series of hurdles before they got together. I appreciated how they had to question themselves before confirming their feelings. They didn't get together just for the heck of it. There was a lot more to it. 


Verdict:

I LOVED IT. GO GET IT. 

Author's Bio:

# 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, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications.  Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

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 Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more. She is also the creator and sole financier of the annual Write Your Way To RT Book Convention, a contest that gives aspiring authors a chance to win a fully paid trip to RT Book Reviews.


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