Title: The Problem with Forever
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: May 17th 2016
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.
Holy. Shit. I honestly don’t even know where to start with this one. I mean, do I start with Mallory and how much I was able to relate to her with her anxiety, although it was stemming from a much different place than my own? Because I’m amazed that Jennifer was able to write a book that was on a very specific, very traumatic subject, that me, a girl who grew up in a cookie cutter suburb in Texas, could relate to.
Or how about how glad I was that her male MC wasn’t just for looks, although he definitely did have them?
Or, how about the fact that this is the first YA book I’ve read in such a long time that was a contemporary and had parents present and written throughout the entire novel?
I mean, honestly, there are so many things. Hell, even her secondary characters had character development, and that’s something I rarely see in main characters, let alone their friends that are there for comedic relief, or maybe drama.
The first relationship in this book I want to discuss is not Rider and Mallory, although, trust me, I’ll be getting to that soon, but it’s Paige and Mallory.
Now, when we were first introduced to Paige I was rolling my eyes left and right, because her character screamed stereotypical girlfriend who is there at the beginning, but only until the MC takes away the guy’s attention and they eventually break up. And yes, that was pretty obviously the plot for her at first, but what I didn’t expect was for her to actually develop throughout the story, and end up sticking up for Mallory in the end. I mean, she called her incredibly harsh things, mocked her for something she had no inkling about, and treated her as poorly as you would the dirt on your shoe, but in the end, she stuck up for Mallory during her first speech in front of the class, and it made my heart happy.
I didn’t remember standing, but I saw the shock on Rider’s face as I stepped around my desk. Halfway there I realized I didn’t have my paper, and I had to go back and get it. My face was hot. Someone, a guy, chuckled. He sat in front of Paige.
Paige kicked the back of his seat.
I am one hundred percent here for girl and girl friendships, and not having the girls just be catty bitches to each other for no reason other than one of them got the guy, and the other one didn’t. The only thing I wish different with them would be that we got to see more of that friendship develop, but we can’t have it all.
The topic of discussion, is definitely Mallory’s best friend and Rider’s bestie, Hector. Oh. My. God. If we don’t get a second book that’s purely about those two, I might actually lose my mind. I loved the way they clicked, even though they probably hated each other to be quite honest, and I need to see how they pan out.
“What?” Ainsley blinked big eyes at the stunned Hector. “You think some white chick can’t possibly understand another language so you’re going to sit in front of me and talk about me like I’m not here?” Her smile was brittle and fake. “Bitch, please.”
That bitch, please killed me. I was laughing probably as hard as Rider was, and I had no shame about it. But on a ‘forreal’ note y’all, if we don’t get a sequel with them, especially with the drama that girl has going down in her life recently, I’m going to be so upset.
Okay, okay, now we can talk about Rider.
God, the boy I pictured him in my mind as was just as beautiful as his entire character. I don’t think I’ve fallen this in love with a character, in a contemporary, in such a long.
Here is my beautiful Rider:
I know that he’s also who I picture for Gansey in The Raven Cycle, but I couldn’t help but picture him as Rider as well! He’s so beautiful, that jaw line kills me every time I see it, and his eyes are so piercing and exactly how I pictured all his little looks and gazes to Mallory. God, their entire relationship would take me an entire post to discuss, because it was beautiful, and I really can’t find a way to sum it up other than just beautiful.
This entire book just made my heart so happy. And seeing a girl dealing with anxiety, and growing as a person, made my heart happy. And seeing a MC male actually have a story line and not just be a pretty face and a love interest, made my heart happy. Actually seeing parents actively participating in the MC’s life, made, you guessed it, ma damn heart happy.
If you’re second guessing picking this book up, and if the gorgeous cover and amazing summary don’t convince you, let me tell you one thing: Just pick the damn book up. You won’t regret it, and if you do, well, read it again because you must have missed something if you weren’t in love by chapter five.
I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!