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A girl and a boy who have seen things while growing up, that has engraved a thought in their head, that they are not REAL. This a story about their journey of finding and feeling real in the world. A good read but not extremely impressive.
The Problem with Forever by @jennifer_l_armentrout Is probably one of the most different books written by her. While mostly whenever I read her books it was more focussed on Fantasy and other wordly creatures. So when I finally read this, it made my heart swell.
This is a story of two people Mallory and Rider, who both were a part of abusive and a very bad foster system. They suffered greatly in their childhood and were encountered with both physical and mental abuse. Rider was always a protector of Mallory, saving her from all the possible demons that he can as a child, untill they escape and Mallory is adopted by a set of parents. Few years later both of them meet again when Mal finally joins high school after being homeschooled for quite long. They both reconnect on their old spark and the journey starts again. Both have deep seated issues to deal with, so love doesn't come easy.
The ride to finally being together is quite emotional and overwhelming. Story of Mal and Rider is very beautifully written by Jen and have been one of my favourite contemporary romance ❤️.
If you are looking for a 5/5🌟 read, this is definitely it
I’ve never read anything by Jennifer L Armentrout before but after just a few chapters of The Problem with Forever I began to realise that maybe I should have. Her writing is absolutely lovely to read and she portrays emotions so well, right from the start I could feel Mallory’s pain and anxiety pouring off the pages.
The story itself is actually very touching. Trying to fit into normal high school society when you struggle to speak and experience anxiety is somewhat of a challenge and Jennifer writes this so well. As a slightly older YA reader I tend to avoid high school settings because they’re sometimes a little young for me and the drama is typically a bit dull, however this is completely different here. We manage to avoid most of the stereotypical high school themes and focus just on Mallory and her journey.
Pretty quickly Mallory bumps into a familiar face at her new school. Rider Stark was another child who grew up in the same horrible foster home that she did. When they were kids he used to try and protect her and now suddenly they’re reunited after years apart. What sparks between them is not only the rekindling of a deep friendship but also the first embers of something more and we’re treated to a genuine and sweet romance between the two. The romance isn’t completely faultless though. Initially Rider has a girlfriend, Paige, who treats Mallory coldly because she’s jealous of their history and bond. I did feel pretty bad for Paige because she clearly cares for Rider very much and Mallory’s arrival only seems to bring her heartbreak. She’s painted as a bit of a bully, the typical ‘mean girl’ at school, but underneath that I think she’s just a girl dealing with the pain of losing someone she loved.
All of the characters in this were surprisingly likable and individual. They all had their own issues to deal with but there wasn’t too much focus on side-plots which helped the story stay focussed on Mallory. I really loved Jayden, a young boy caught up in the wrong things because he’s trying to do the right thing. He was so cute and witty. Such great characters across the whole book really helped to flesh out the story and make it feel real and genuine.
The book was perhaps a little slow in the middle but the detailed insight into Mallory’s struggles and how she dealt with her personal issues was so touching and inspiring that the pacing didn’t bother me too much. By the end I was completely sold on this book and would easily recommend it. There is a brief epilogue, it was a little bit of a let-down in some respects as I was hoping for a bit of a glimpse into their futures but I still enjoyed the book a great deal.
The problem with forever was a magic of a contemporary, from the first page i was drawn into the life of Mallory. Mallory had a hard life with not only mental abuse but physical, her only friend was Rider who lived with her and was her protector. As it mainly set four years later we do see flashbacks of Mallory's past. Now Mallory is adopted by a couple of doctors who saved her when she was burnt. Now she is headed to high school, after being home-schooled since getting out of the abuse she suffered. Rider is bored of school so he is happy when he and Mallory find each other again, he has his set of problems as he normally had more of the abuse. The romance is not at the forefront so no immediate getting together as their are many obstacles, Mallory and Rider have to face not only together but on their own. My thoughts that until last year i never read any Jennifer L Armentrout books, (the Lux series) but i much love her contemporary's, as you can feel the characters come off the page. To me can't say anything bad about this book as for me it ticked all the boxes.
It's no secret that I'm a massive fan of Jennifer's work, and I devour everything she writes the minute it's released. Well, The Problem with Forever elevates my admiration to a whole new level of awesomeness. I am completely blown away after reading this book. So much so that it's taken me a few days to gather my thoughts into some kind of logical order. Without a doubt, this is one of the best books Jennifer has written (and I don't admit that lightly.)
One of the things I loved the most was the refreshingly different characters. Both Rider and Mallory were complex characters with plenty of strengths and weaknesses. Character development was steady and well balanced as we gradually got to peel back the layers to understand exactly what had happened to them in childhood and how that had shaped the people they were today.
Mallory struggles to articulate herself because of her past. It is not shyness; it is a protective mechanism that has become a habit. She understands that she needs to stretch out of her comfort zone because she wants to have the type of future that once seemed impossible. What she didn't expect was to bump into Rider again after a four-year separation.
The moment they rediscovered one another was electrifying. Honestly, I think my heart damn near stopped in my chest. I felt the raw emotion as if I was living the scene myself. And from the minute Rider came back into her life, he became her protector again, and I swooned along with Mouse.
Oh, Rider! (I'll talk about him in a bit.)
Mallory suffers intense anxiety as she attempts to overcome her fears and the obstacles holding her back. There were plenty of scenes where she couldn't speak and I felt her anguish, her self-loathing, her frustration. It was downright cringing at times, and if this was a movie I would have had my eyes squeezed shut and my head in my hands. I felt all the feels while reading this book and in my opinion Jennifer NAILED the emotional complexity perfectly. I've suffered panic attacks and anxiety in the past and the way it was described was exactly my experience of it. Seriously well done for that.
Rider. Oh, Rider. How on earth am I going to find a place on my already-crowded book boyfriend list for you? I don't know how I'll manage it, but there is no way you are being left out. Rider is Mallory's perpetual savior and he resumes that role the minute they become reacquainted. I felt this gave him the sense of purpose he was lacking and it made him feel better about himself. Because on the inside he's destroyed; a total mess thanks to the horrific upbringing he endured. But he won't even admit that to himself, and my heart bled for him the entire way through this book. He put her needs before his own time and time again, and while she was capable of standing up for herself in the end-and she needed him to step away to let her do that-I couldn't fault his loyalty and commitment to her. It was so obvious he was completely in love with her before he ever admitted it.
I loved how Mallory matured and progressed during this book, and how it was a realistic gradual progression. I especially loved how she took charge toward the end and forced Rider into confronting his demons. It showed strength, bravery and above all, love.
I didn't like how Mallory's foster dad treated Rider and it was so unfair given their past.
The chemistry between our couple was scorching hot, though nothing much happened until the second half of the book. But I really felt the intensity of the attraction and the bond between them.
While I most definitely swooned over Rider, I didn't think he treated Paige right. I didn't like Paige, and she was cruel and hurtful to Mouse, but I could understand where she was coming from. It was a messy situation.
I totally predicted the speech at the end and how that would all pan out, but I still lapped it up. God, it was so emotional to read! I had tears in my eyes. It was genuinely brilliant.
I liked all the secondary characters and they were well-developed too.
My only complaint is that the inner monologue became a little repetitive toward the end, and I felt some of it could have been cut. However, it in no way dented my enjoyment, because this was still an amazingly perfect read. I stayed up until 4am the first night, and 2am the second night, and I only do that with books that I truly adore. I only put it down the first night because I literally couldn't keep my eyes open and the words were blurring.
In summary, this is a superbly written tearjerker filled with plenty of raw emotion and tons of swoon-worthy moments that will leave you breathless and speechless. Another truly incredible read from an author who can do no wrong in my book.
I received an ARC from the publisher via Jennifer's publicist in exchange for my honest review.
I am not too proud to admit that I love teen romance. This book was no exception. It tugged on my heartstrings. I really felt for Mallory while reading this book and got emotional when she overcame various obstacles. The chemistry between her and Ryder was so well written that it made my heart flutter.
Ryder probably irritated me more in places than he should have. I really sympathised with Mallory while I was reading. The side characters were some of my favourite bits and I wish they were more prominent throughout the story, I think they were still fleshed out enough as it was. I would have liked for more of a relationship between Hector and Ainsley though.
The only thing that irritated me about this book is that it ended. Probably not what I'd call a lighthearted read, but definitely worth reading in my opinion.
YA contemporary is one of my favourite genres so when I found out Jennifer L. Armentrout – one of my favourite authors – was writing one I was completely ecstatic. She always writes good stories that have amazing characters and smoking hot love stories and The Problem with Forever is no different. If you liked Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limit series or Simone Elkeles Perfect Chemistry series then this book will be perfect for you. And if I’m honest, there just isn’t enough of these stories around so I’m really hoping that JLA decides to write more.
The Problem with Forever is an emotional story about two teenagers who have terrible pasts after being in a group home together but found strength in one another during the dark days. Years later they are reunited and given a second chance but can they overcome the past and move on with their future?
I always love stories that can pull me in from just reading a few pages and The Problem of Forever did that. I was about two chapters in and I just knew I was going to love this book. From the get go your pulled into an emotional and dark story that was honest, raw and sad. It’s not all sad though. It’s also a story full of hope and about creating a future that was better than the past. Not only that but it has an amazing love story that is tangled up in all the hurt so prepare yourself for an emotional ride.
I loved Mallory as a character. She was fantastic! She’s a survivor and she is trying to move on from her past. She does struggle but she also tries to push herself. The events from her past have left her feeling like she can’t speak up so she’s a very quiet person but like I said she’s trying to change that. She’s been in therapy and found ways to cope with her issues. But now she wants a future and she pushes herself to have a better life. I really came to respect her for trying, even though at times she fails, she still continues to try. But I found once she found Rider again that was a big turning put for her. She found the one person again that always believed in her no matter what and accepts her for who she is.
Rider was also a fantastic character. He and Mallory both handle things completely different and while Mallory’s issue affect her where she can’t talk, Rider seems to have no hope for himself. I felt sad for him at times. He’s such a protective character. He’ll do anything for Mallory or for the ones he cares about. He realises that this second chance they’ve been given is a good thing. He doesn’t want to lose any moments especially seems they’ve been apart for so long. I really admired Rider’s strength. He’s really is an amazing and supportive character.
The secondary characters were second to none and I’m totally shipping a story for Hector and Ainsley. Seriously their story cannot be left that way. I need more! I loved how JLA added something personal about herself in this book as well – Ainsley’s medical condition. I have to be honest when I say I didn’t know anything about it before now and now I’m aware of it, I’m glad I am. I don’t want to say to much as it’s something Ainsley discovers herself throughout the story so I want you to experience it for yourself. But it’s an interesting one.
In all, The Problem with Forever was without a doubt one of my favourite YA contemporary stories for 2016 and at just under 500 pages somehow this book still wasn’t big enough. I urge you all to read it because if you haven’t guessed by now it is amazing!
Thank you to Mira Ink for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Problem with Forever has to be my favourite JLA book I just loved it so much that I was glued to my kindle reading it. The story is emotional, heart-breaking, funny, sexy, passionate and covers loss and sensitive topics. The connection between Mallory and Rider was just beautiful and I became smitten with Rider. Both Mallory and Rider have had a hard life but there is nothing Rider would not do to protect Mallory. Circumstances tear them apart from each other and when they see each other again four years later, Rider is there again protecting Mallory as if time apart had never occurred. I loved Rider’s reaction when he sees Mallory again I became like a giddy little girl in love. The secondary characters played a huge part in the success of this book. I was in stitches at the cockiness and swagger Rider, Hector and Jayden delivered, but what I loved most was the love Rider had for Mallory. The story was intense and gripped me into its hold that I didn’t want it to forever end.
I really enjoyed the start of the book and the relationship between the two characters, I was quite enjoying the dynamic, then suddenly there was a murder and someone went blind in the space of a second. The two scenarios just felt rushed and kind of out of nowhere, like it was kind hinted with her friend needing glasses, but then not enough to make you think she was going blind. Less so of a dramatic surprise, more so of a where the hell has this come from. I did like the end of the book though and the link to the velvet rabbit. This book is slightly like "the boy who sneaks in my bedroom window", but I think I prefer that book or Jenny Han books
This book told the emotional journey of Rider and Mallory, teenagers who are left broken after the abuse they faced in the foster home. It shows the beautiful yet very emotional relationship between Rider and Mallory. This book is truly one of my favourite reads because the love and care Mallory and Rider have is truly one of the most beautiful relationships, that I have ever seen in a book. Jennifer's writing is truly beautiful, something which I don't recognise often. But the way she uses language is like magic, it captivates you in a single sentence, showing you every single emotion they feel. This book has also definitely taught me a thing or two about always being grateful for what you have. I would recommend this to anyone, if I could give this book 10 stars; I would give it, in a heartbeat. The author should be very proud of this book as it's truly a piece of art, that captivates the art of love in such a emotionally beautiful way.