Blog Tour: The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout

From #1 NY Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a deeply powerful and emotional story about struggling to overcome your past and find where you belong. This was my first book by this author but I was greatly impressed, I'm sure it won't be my last. Read my thoughts here: 

Title: The Problem With Forever
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: June 16th 2016 by Mira Ink

Blurb: 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 lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider's life spiral out of control, Mallory must make 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.

*First of all I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review: The Problem With Forever tells the story of Mallory, a teenager who is about to start her senior year at a public high school for the first time. After an abusive and complicated childhood, Mallory was finally adopted by a fantastic couple but her past still chases her, she doesn't talk much and meeting new people and talking to them is still a huge challenge for her. This is why her decision to go to a public high school is so brave and important for her.

From the first chapters, we instantly know that Mallory is going to be one of those special characters that stay with you long after finishing the book. I think Jennifer L. Armentrout made a great job creating her and characterizing her. It's difficult not to feel bad and even feel pity for her at the beginning, but Mallory quickly shows she is made of strong stuff and wants no pity. As the story progresses, we see her grow and flourish and become a better version of herself. It was a very special moment, to see her find her voice again as I ended up really caring for her.

And then there's Rider. He shared Mallory's horrible childhood and became her protect during those tough years but they haven't seen each other for four years, when Mallory walks into his class. They are both shocked and curious about each other and soon start to reconnect. I felt like this reconnecting was not rushed and they really got to know each other again. It was clear that they needed each other to be better and get past their memories and I was very happy for them both. Theirs turned out to be a beautiful love story.

The Problem With Forever is a very emotional story that made me shade a tear or two and really touched me. It's such a bittersweet story. Although I'd say it's sweeter than bitter. And I felt like a privileged observer while reading it. Mallory's story is one worth reading and I'm sure it'll leave no one indifferent.   

Rating: 4 stars

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Author bio:

# 1 New York Times and International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. 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 also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn.

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