The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
I love JLA's books, but something about the blurb if this one put me off. But, I finally decided to give it a chance and cracked it open.
I was actually pleasantly surprised by the book, and it irritates me that I was surprised. Thus is the same author that addicted me to an Alien romance (the Lux series) and I'm really not into Alien romances...so I shouldn't have been surprised that this book was just as awesome.
In some ways, this book reminded me of Hopeless, but with a different form of trauma/abuse. The other similarity was 2 kids that were childhood friends being brought together after being separated for years. Even with the similarities, I'm not suggesting they are the same, just in the same theme/family.
I couldn't help by feel for Mallory. If you don't feel for what she's been through, you're totally heartless. One of my favorite scenes, by far, was the scene where Mallory and Rider saw each other for the first time. That scene, and the realization that they had their long lost person back...priceless. It had me swooning.
I never thought I'd say this but Rider actually gave Daemon a run for his money as the best JLA hero. I just seriously loved him. He was flawed, but oh so real. And I loved the way he loved his Mouse, how he was so happy to find her again, how he never forgot about her, how protective he was of her and how he looked out for her in every aspect.
This book definitely ranks up there with my favorites. Mallory was very strong, pushing herself out of her comfort zone in an effort to overcome her childhood and demons that still lingered. It was definitely a journey as she discovered her voice and who she was.
If you’re at all on the fence about this book, I can’t recommend it enough. It’s definitely a must read.
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