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The Problem with Forever: A compelling novel (Harlequin Teen) Hardcover – May 17, 2016
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Gr 9 Up—Engaging characters and real-life drama make for a potential hit with teens, if they can overlook the stock, repetitive romantic descriptions. Mallory (aka Mouse) is living with successful, caring adoptive parents after a horrific childhood in foster homes. She decides to attend public high school after years of homeschooling. Her world is rocked when Rider enters her speech class; Rider was her lifeline in the foster home, taking many beatings for her and teaching her how to hide and stay quiet to avoid Mr. Henry's wrath. While the protagonist seems shackled by her past, Rider appears to have moved forward, complete with a swagger and a laissez-fair attitude. They spend time together, and their relationship starts to grow from Mouse and her white knight to much more. Unfortunately, Rider's lifestyle and family link him with some unsavory characters. Mallory and Rider must evaluate their relationship—who really has changed, and is it for the better? The situations are gritty but presented in an accessible manner. One frankly depicted sex scene makes this more appropriate for high school readers. VERDICT An easy sell to teens wanting to experience a frank if predictable coming-of-age romance.—Lisa Ehrle, Falcon Creek Middle School, CO
"Armentrout is consistently stellar, but this book blew me away, completely. Gripping from page one, I -- quite literally -- couldn't put it down until I'd reached the end, and when I did, Iwanted to be able to start all over again for the first time." New York Times Bestselling Authors Christina Lauren
"Heartbreakingly real -- a remarkable novel about the power of first love and the courage it takes to face your fears. I carried the bookeverywhere until I finished it, but I'll carry the story with meforever. Jennifer L. Armentrout truly blew me away." Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times Bestselling Coauthor of Beautiful Creatures & Author of The Lovely Reckless
"An achingly real masterpiece from Jennifer L. Armentrout. Heart wrenching, heart warming, heart everything." ~Wendy Higgins, New York Times Bestselling Author
"We fall in first love with Armentrout's characters, sheleads us to the front porch and we await our kiss and everything that comesafter...we are left breathless and a little haunted and wanting more." - NewYork Times Bestselling Author Danielle Paige
"The intensity between Mouse and Rider is palpably sizzling... romance aficionados [will] lose themselves in Mouse and Rider's smoldering glances and steamy kisses." - Kirkus
"Armentrout's effort to gradually coax her protagonist from her shell via a supportive, loving community succeeds, and readers looking for an inspirational comeback story will find Mallory's to be satisfying and hopeful" - PW
"The intensity between Mouse and Rider is palpably sizzling... romance aficionados [will] lose themselves in Mouse and Rider's smoldering glances and steamy kisses." -Kirkus Reviews
"Armentrout's effort to gradually coax her protagonist from her shell via a supportive, loving community succeeds, and readers looking for an inspirational comeback story will find Mallory's to be satisfying and hopeful" -Publishers Weekly
"[THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is] an amazing book that doesn't pull any punches. And, it will make you look at the world just a little differently." -Krista's Dust Jacket
"A beautiful story about family, friends, falling in love and finding yourself" -The Reading Geek
"Another Armentrout masterpiece." -Mundie Moms
"[THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER has] burrowed itself deep in my heart." -Love Between the Sheets
"Beautiful and perfectly heartbreaking." -K-Books
"Far more than a contemporary romance, it's a lesson in life." -Once Upon a Twilight
"Well-worth the tears and Kleenexes." -The Book Swarm
"A story that you will never forget." -The Book Bratz
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Top Customer Reviews
The story was very compelling and had a very serious background for the characters, but it was also a beautiful story about their love and their friendships. It was so touching at times how all the characters impacted each other. It was also heartbreaking to realize how unfair life can be, but you still have to go and grow from that. It was a beautifully touching story and I loved the characters and their journey of healing and growing.
I highly suggest picking this book up! It is beautifully written and emotional. I am so glad that I read this, especially as it was outside my comfort zone genre wise. As always Jennifer Armentrout has not disappointed me!!!
I’m not going to get down into the weeds with the plot lines in this book. I’d hate myself if I spoiled anything for you. As you’ve read in the synopsis, it all begins when Mallory starts attending a new school and Ridge, the person who saved her during some tough times in a foster home, is a student there. They reconnect, but it’s messy. He has a girlfriend and is struggling to be a better him. It’s easy to get sucked into a lifestyle he didn’t want to be part of. Mallory is fighting her own demons – mainly her nearly-constant fight to even speak. Her former foster family had beaten her down so badly that she has a tough time putting herself out there, but she wants to. Ridge is one person she can be herself with and, because he reenters her life, she begins to heal and grow a little. The same can be said for him thanks to her. I loved how these two leaned on each other and how things grew between them as they each tackled their demons – both past and present – and they discovered who they really were.
I can’t even pinpoint my favorite thing about this book. If I had to, it’s a toss up between the connection Mallory and Rider share and the growth each character undergoes over the course of the book. Both were so honest and real that I can’t stop thinking about it. (Mother of all book hangovers right here, as you might expect.) The Problem with Forever is a totally different kind of YA from Jen and it’s easily my new favorite. I love when I find really, really good YA contemporary and this one is definitely a new favorite.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
The story is actually interesting and well told, and her characters are believably, and also somewhat realistic. I think that the psychologic set up works too. But I also felt that the book was somewhat sloppy written - a lot of redundancy in phrases, a lot of blushing going on (believe it or not, I got it. He is modest) - reminded me to a certain point about the horrible writing in "50 shades of grey", and that is not really a nice thing to say, I know.
On top - and that just might be me - I am not to big of a fan of this "cookie cutter hero" thing - all of her hero and heroines look like twins of Avery and Cam. Oh well. She is the cute tiny thing, he is the big, male, ripped hero. This one even had the dark, curly hair falling into his face all the time. Are there any other body types available?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Being reunited with Rider, a boy that was her protector for so many years.Read more
A very compelling story with a lot of heart. I found some parts, though, to be too long winded and others where the wording seemed a little out of place or...Read more