Title: The Problem with Forever
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Date Started: July 18
Date Finished: July 19
Format: Hardcover from local library
Mallory Dodge has had a hard life. She’s a foster kid who grew up in the worst foster home – the dad had rage issues and the mom was an addict to everything – and it all ended when she was thirteen because of a huge accident. Now, she has been taken into a loving home of two doctors who are willing to give her anything she wants. And what she wants is to go to high school her senior year. Shouldn’t be too much of an issue, right? Well, after the way she grew up, Mallory has a few ‘issues.’ She doesn’t really speak to anyone she doesn’t know all that well and she gets a little anxious when it comes to large crowds. But she’s willing to give it a shot anyway.
And it goes about as well as she was expecting. She’s a little anxious, she doesn’t talk all that much to people, and she’s nervous for what her speech writing class is going to hold when the crazies thing happens. Rider Stark walks into her speech class. Rider was her foster brother and took a lot of the beatings that were meant for her back in the day. She hasn’t seen him in four years, and is struck silly when she realizes it’s him. But that’s nothing compared to his reaction. He can’t believe it’s her either and they settle into how things used to be; where he’s her protector even though she’s trying to change. Sometimes habits are hard to break.
So this is the first Armentrout book that I read that didn’t have something to do with the supernatural/paranormal, and I have to say I loved it almost as much as the other books that I’ve read by her. The characters and the world were set up beautifully, where she created just enough intrigue about Mallory’s past with Rider that I was dying for more information. I also liked the fact that Mallory wasn’t your typical MC. She is damaged from the start of the book and slowly puts herself together by facing her fears. It helps that she has an awesome support system. Her best friend from when she was homeschooled, Rider, the girl she meets in English class Keirra, and even Rider’s foster family Hector and Jayden. The interactions between all the characters had my heart doing leaps as each page passed. My only problem with this book was the ‘climax’ of the book that basically made Mallory realize that she had changed over the last four years and it was Rider who was stuck. I have to admit that was kind of low of Rider to try and break up with her because she was too good for him. Where have I heard that one before?
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. A wonderful read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Mallory was a fantastic main character and Rider was an interesting love interest. Not to mention I liked how Armentrout split time between Rider and Mallory’s other friends. That was a nice change of pace.
Bookshelf worthy? Another book to add to my Kindle wishlist.