Review: The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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A story about friendship, survival and finding your voice

Growing up, Mallory Dodge 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, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at a public high school. But she never imagined 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 soon 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.


Jennifer L Armentrout is one of those authors that has been on my to-read list forever. Everyone talks about how wonderful her stories are and I was excited to start reading. And unfortunately, that excitement only lasted a couple of pages. It is not that the book was particularly bad it was just blah. It was very forgettable and I don't know what all the hype was about. Maybe this is not her best work, maybe her writing is just not for me. Either way this was meh from beginning to end. I kept hoping it would get better, but it never really did. 

Mallory and Rider grew up together, she left but now she is back and there is still a connection there between them. Only things happened in those years and yeah. I am struggling to figure out why this story didn't work for me. I didn't care about any of the characters, the mean girl was a bit to much a caricature of that character type and didn't make the most sense at times, and I wanted more. I wanted to feel for the characters, wanted to hurt for anything bad that happened and cheer when things went well. I wanted to live their story and I couldn't get into it. Even now, a few days after finishing the book, I am having a hard time remembering details because it was so meh and forgettable for me. So I will keep this short - the writing wasn't terrible but it didn't get me engaged enough to care about the story. Oh well. Maybe I will give one of the authors other books a try and see if I enjoy it more. 

Rating: ★ ★1/2


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