Release Day Review: The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout

ProblemWithForeverTitle: The Problem With Forever
Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: 31st May 2016
Pages: 480
Read it in: 2 Days
Source: From Harlequin Teen for review

Synopsis: Goodreads

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 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.

My Review:

 

To have received this for review was completely overwhelming to me – I never thought I’d have the chance to read one of Jennifer’s works before it was published.  And this novel has shown me once again that Jennifer can do no wrong with her work. I found that with this novel there was something inside of me that just connected to the characters despite never having been in their exact situation to the point where REAL tears were cried twice during reading this book…

Mallory, was a wonderfully flawed character. To the very end, she still remained flawed, and yet she was probably one of the most wonderful female characters any young woman could look up to. Mallory’s battle with her past remained with her every day of her life through the conditioned status of not making a sound. She found it very difficult to talk to anyone and make friends because of her childhood. And for the whole of her life she continued to struggle with that, but through the novel we could see her try to fight it through making friends and little victories. It is for this, that I think she is a wonderful character for anyone to admire.

Though this book has a wonderful character in Mallory, it also has some other quite amazing characters through the back stories and current stories they were given. Rider, the male lead in this novel, was the friend that protected Mallory when she was younger as they had lived together in a foster home that wasn’t pleasant. Their meeting again so many years later was complete chance and fate. Honestly their relationship was wonderful, right from the moment they met again, through all the hiccups, and finally at the end. I loved the way these two cared for each other, helped each other and ultimately loved each other. Rider was the reasoning for the conditioning, the only way he could protect Mallory was if she stayed quiet. And because of this, it’s beautiful reading this novel because he tried to help her and protect her all over again when they re meet.

There are obviously more characters in this novel, some which also pulled on my heart strings, some which annoyed me, and some which were just lovely additions to the already great cast of characters.I think Jennifer did an amazing job creating a world of flawed characters as it really goes to show that no one is perfect. Even if they try to appear so.

Overall,

It’s beautiful, powerful, hard hitting. Another wonderful story that tackles the issue of mental illness and conditioning. I recommend tissues when you read this one.  Because there is no use in denying the emotions and the feels!

5Stars

 

“I’m real.” – Rider

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