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.
Jennifer L. Armentrout is my go-to author, always. Regardless of the genre, the moment she releases a new title, I jump on it. The Problem With Forever was no different. I fell in love with the cover before I even knew what the book was about, and I pre-ordered it immediately.
Once it arrived I hesitated before starting it. TPWF isn’t a small book, and I wanted to be sure I’d have the time to read it. Maybe I should have waited, but I didn’t. I tore into it and was really into the beginning.
As I read further I sort of fell out of love with it. I was so disappointed because JLA is my favourite, and as much as I wanted to love this story like so many other did, I just… didn’t. It was hard for me because I had such high expectations after the LUX series, but I just didn’t enjoy it. The book was simply too long. There were so many unnecessary things included, it bogged the story down to the point it was hard to get through.
I could appreciate the damaged main character, and her story was devastating, but I just wasn’t hooked. Mallory’s character was one I’m sure teens can relate to and I felt empathy for her, but that was it for me. Even Ryder wasn’t all that alluring. It just wasn’t what I was expecting from Jen, and I was a little thrown off at how much I didn’t like it.
I found myself more interested in the secondary characters (Ainsley and Hector) than anything Mallory and Ryder were doing.
I guess Ryder’s hopelessness got to be a bit much for me. For someone who lived the way he did before he found a home with Hector and Jayden’s grandmother, he should have been able to recognize he had people looking out for him, and people who cared about him the way he cared about Mallory.
The best parts of TPWF was the beginning, when we were re-introduced to the relationship Mallory and Ryder shared, and the ending when he got it together and the roles were reversed in that Mallory took care of Ryder.
It was an extremely difficult topic to write about, so props to Jen for trying, but this one just wasn’t for me…
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
# 1 New York Times and 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.