Tittle: The Problem with Forever
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
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.
Can I just say that this story took me on an emotional roller coaster, from start to finish. Following the point of view of Mallory “Mouse”, we were giving a view into a survivor of child abuse and neglect. Her story is not hers alone, it is also twisted in with Rider, Mallory’s personal savior. I truly enjoyed the the way the author switched between past and present. The way we were giving bits and pieces of Rider and Mallory’s past. She gave of the reader enough information to work with that we could figure out what happened to the two of them along the way. I also enjoyed the way that she had Mallory find her voice, by bringing in characters who make her fight for what she wants, for those she love, and for her forever.
What else i enjoyed about this story that we were able to watch the childhood affection, between Rider and Mallory grow. But they had to learn how to not depend on one and other.And in for them to be together, they both had a lot of self work that needed to be done. While Mallory is learning that she can defend herself and be someone the people can lean on when she is needed. Rider has the learn that he can not take care of everyone, while neglecting himself. Both Mallory and Rider learn the lesson that their is no such thing as forever, when they have to deal with the lost of a friend. They both had to revisit their past to face their future.
Jennifer L. Armentrout in The Problem with Forever, gave a voice to survivors. The story was so well written, that she made you think about what you would do in the same situations. What would you to feel alive and to have the forever that you deserve.
If asked the question would I recommend this, the answer is yes. One hundred times yes. I enjoyed the ups and downs and everything in between. I could get enough of all the characters from main to supporting, each one played an important role to the story. So if you have not read this, you should not only is this a great read it also gets you to start thinking about your forever and what you would do to have it.