Thursday, 16 June 2016

Book Review: The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: The Problem with Forever
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Mira Ink
Publication Date: 16th June 2016
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
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.

When Mallory was a kid, she was bounced from one horrible foster home to another. At thirteen, a terrible accident got her removed from the group home where she was living to a hospital where she met the parents who would adopt her. But when she starts a new school and encounters an old friend from the foster system sparks start to fly.
My Thoughts
I love Jennifer's Wait For You series, so as soon as I heard about The Problem With Forever I knew it was something I had to read. Not only does the synopsis leave me wanting to know more, but it also has a pretty cover.....who can turn down a pretty cover.

Malory has had a tough childhood, growing up in a foster home that wasn't the best for her, her only person who she could trust was Rider, who took as many beatings as he could for her, to keep her safe. Until the day of the fire and they are separated. Malory is now in an amazing home with a great family, a family of doctors who helped her out. But Malory has made the decision to stop homeschooling, and attend school for the first time in years. To venture out of her safe environment and push herself. This isn't an easy decision for her, with such a bad past she finds it hard in new situations, and speaking is extremely tough for her, thanks to a life of growing up making no noise to avoid detection, which has translated to her fear coming to life in school, having to socialise with peers, and teachers.
I was in speech class. I was here. I'd done it. I was going to throw myself a freaking party when I got home. Like an eat-fudge-icing-straight-out-of-the-freaking-can kind of party. Hardcore.
Reading The Problem With Forever really lets you see Malory, and I was stupidly proud of her having the courage to leave her safe zone and really push herself, knowingly put herself into situations she avoids isn't going to be easy, and we get to see first hand how hard this is for her, especially when her past comes back to face her.

The Problem With Forever was a book that I emotionally invested in, I love how Rider was there Malory to keep her safe, and how this is a good memory for her mixed in amongst all the bad. I love how her life has turned around so much for her, and how supportive her family is. There were moments that I wanted to give Malory a hug, when she is dealing with some anxiety, or some emotional issues where she thinks she is second best, and I wanted to stand up and cheer when she stands her ground. Rider is someone who has a special connection with Malory, especially after everything they have been through, and although he doesn't have the life she does, Rider does his best to get by. He looks out for his friends and family, and I like how he doesn't give up on Malory,

There were characters that I disliked just for thier attitudes, and some that took a while to grow on me, so when something happens you know there were lots of tears. The Problem With Forever is a book that deals with a lot of issues in a sensitive way, and I do like how Jennifer L. Armentrout has dealt with this.

Final Verdict
The Problem With Forever was a book that surprised me in how much I would like it, and how invested I would become with the characters. I would definitely be interested in reading more about this couple or others in this world.

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