TRIGGER WARNING (HIGHLIGHT WORDS BELOW):
THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: May 17th 2016 by Harlequin Teen
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.
Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it really didn’t exist.
This was so freaking good, oh my god. I’m a huge JLA fan, and so far she hasn’t let me down, bless. In fact, I think this might now be my favorite book by her. Yup, it was that good. Honestly, just… so good.
The Problem with Forever started out pretty dark. It earned the content warning for child abuse, which was something that came up a lot throughout the story, so if that is something you might be triggered by, please be careful. Despite that, this was a book about learning how to deal with trauma, bettering yourself, moving on, and finding your own voice.
I just… I really liked this, okay? Mallory was such a great main character. She was so strong and brave, and going on this journey with her as she learned to overcome everything that happened to her and changed her a person was amazing. JLA’s writing made me feel so much for Mallory and her struggles, and every one of Mallory’s accomplishments felt like my own. She was truly a special character, and her development as the story progressed was incredible.
In fact, every single character in this book was complex and fleshed-out. Even those who didn’t appear much had their own backstories and unique personalities. Some of my favorite parts were of Mallory making new friends and interacting with her best friend and her family.
The big relationship between Mallory and Rider was also so good. It was handled really well, considering they’d been friends since they were kids and there could’ve been the whole ‘I’ve loved you since always’ kind of thing. They had such sweet moments together, and I loved reading about them. Even their confrontation at the end of the book brilliant, and so so so important for both of them as characters and for us readers as well.
The Problem with Forever was everything I love about YA books. I’m just sad this was a standalone. I could easily read another book about these characters. The book was touching, funny, and all kinds of awesome. And the beautiful cover absolutely reflects the insides, haha!