Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Rating: Three stars
Date published: May 17, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:
For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she 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 with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that 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 the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces 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.

I wasn't planning on reading The Problem with Forever. The description for it just didn't leave me with the feeling of needing to read it. Couple that with the 474 page length for a romance novel and I really didn't want to read it. Then I saw it at the library and I couldn't help myself. I like Jennifer L. Armentrout. From the Lux series to the novels penned under J. Lynn, I have enjoyed her writing.

First off, let me just say that I did enjoy The Problem with Forever. I loved Mallory and Rider finding each other again and I loved the connection between them. I thought it was very well written and the feelings between them jumped off the page. I also really liked Mallory's growth throughout the novel. She really overcame her fears and figured out who she was and what she wanted.

My only issues with this book was that I was extremely underwhelmed and Mallory herself was quite annoying at times. The constant ellipses in her dialogues drove me crazy. I get why they're needed, but they just weren't a joy to read through.

Overall, The Problem with Forever was a good read, but definitely not one of my favorites.

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