Book review: The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: The Problem Wit Forever
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Daniela’s rating: 4 stars

Daniela’s review

I enjoyed reading this book SO much. It’s been a while since I’ve read anything by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and I’m glad this was the one I picked.

Growing up, Mallory Dodge 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, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at a public high school. But she never imagined 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 realise that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet soon it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make 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.

Like I said, it was a really gorgeous story. I enjoyed reading it A LOT.

This story is all about the ugly side of life and how it can turn out to be something good, or how it can leave something good in people, if they pay attention.

There are countless of ugly things in life, we see them every day and still, we all think we’re pretty invincible. Nothing can touch us. And sometimes, we forget to be grateful for what we have, for what we’ve been given. We just take it all for granted. I loved and it saddened me, too, how it was all portrayed in this book.

We have two kids that had an awful childhood, one no kid should ever go through or experience. Kids should be able to play and laugh and just enjoy life. But some have to grow up way too fast and learn that things are not always easy or happy. And in this case, we have two kids who had to learn that at a pretty young age and after everything, they were torn apart. And these things always leave a mark on people, wether they overcome it or not, it’s just something that time will tell. But fate is a funny thing, it can destroy, separate and united people in a blink of an eye. It’s always surprising. Sometimes welcomed, but sometimes is better for the past to stay in the past, right?

Mallory has always been the quiet type. Too quiet. She barely speaks, and it’s not because she can’t, it’s just that she prefers not to make too much noise. Her scars from her past run deep and even though she’s managed to overcome some of her demons, some are here to stay or so she thinks.

Then we have Rider. Man, I truly don’t know how authors do it, but it’s always so easy to fall in love with these guys. Like, seriously. Rider is just the awesome kind of guy. He’s always paying attention, always trying to help. He’s overprotective in the kind of way that doesn’t want any harm to happen to Mallory. It’s not that he’s the jealous guy, it’s just that he wants only good things and protect Mallory from any evil or ugly thing in the world. But I guess, the world always has its say in life. So, no matter how hard he tries, some things are too strong to make them go away. He’s also full of guilt and responsibility that has never been his, but he’s taken it upon his shoulders and carried them as his own.

I enjoyed this book A LOT. I think it’s a sweet read, fast-paced and great if you’re looking for something like that. It had a couple of unexpected twists that made the whole thing a lot more interesting, but it also became a bit repetitive with a couple of things, especially when it came to Mallory but still, Jennifer L. Armentrout clearly knows what she’s doing.

I totally recommend it!


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