The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 17, 2016
Pages: 480 pages
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a riveting new story about friendship, survival, and finding your voice.
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.
As a teacher, I have a lot of students who are part of or have been a part of the foster care system. Sometimes, they’re with a new caregiver every year. Sometimes, that caregiver is horrible; sometimes, they’re fantastic. Sometimes, the kids are lucky enough to find a permanent home with people who love and care for them — and even adopt them. Sometimes, not. Unfortunately, it’s kind of a terrible crap shoot that affects the lives of thousands of children every year. This story spoke to me because the two main characters are both part of the foster system and have struggled just as I’m sure some of my students struggle (so much goes on outside the classroom that teachers do not know and can only guess — we just do the best we can for those students).
I think this may be one of Armentrout’s best works. We really get to know these two characters, Mallory and Rider, and feel their internal and external struggles as they fall in love once again while working through some pretty challenging emotional issues.
But I’m making this sound like a Psych 101 textbook. Mallory’s a great character that I really rooted for as she fought to keep her life moving forward, away from the trauma of her childhood and past the negativity that filled her life for so many years. Seeing Rider again was like a warm balm to her soul and, even then, it wasn’t smooth sailing into the Love Canal.
Rider also has his own issues to work through, feelings of uselessness and the belief that he wasn’t worth anything. That type of negative conditioning, learned over years of abuse, isn’t something that “goes away”. It’s something that a person must triumph over again and again and Rider has a very long time realizing that he is actually a good person who deserves to love and be loved.
I don’t always go for contemporary YA romances (I cry way too easily…and it’s hard to read when your eyes are filled with tears!) but The Problem with Forever was well-worth the tears and kleenexes.
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Praise for THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER:
“The intensity between Mouse and Rider is palpably sizzling… romance aficionados [will] lose themselves in Mouse and Rider’s smoldering glances and steamy kisses.” –Kirkus
“Armentrout’s effort to gradually coax her protagonist from her shell via a supportive, loving community succeeds, and readers looking for an inspirational comeback story will find Mallory’s to be satisfying and hopeful” –Publishers Weekly
About Jennifer L. Armentrout:
# 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, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
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 book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.
She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
Author on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4476934.Jennifer_L_Armentrout
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