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

June 28, 2016 Book review 10 ★★★★

Lots of authors are writing YA contemporary books that deal with emotional issues but The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout stands up with the best of them.  Why?  Because it makes you feel every single one of those emotions while reading it.


Book Review : The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. ArmentroutThe Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by Mira Ink Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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.

Romance swoon! Tear Jerker Young Adult


The First Line of The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout:

“Dusty, empty shoe boxes, stacked taller and wider than her slim body, wobbled as she pressed her back against them, tucking her bony knees into her chest.”


My Thoughts on The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout:


I’m mixing it up a bit today and instead of a review; I’m going to show you my emotions during the book instead: 

Heavy hearted: 

So many horrible injustices occur and this book slaps you bang in the middle of them.  There is no looking away or avoiding them, some people (such as Mallory and Rider) are landed with a raw deal and you get to experience those hard times right along with them.


When Rider sent Mallory a text saying ‘Night Mouse’.  It said so little and so much all the same time.  It made me feel all warm and fuzzy.


I empathised so much with Mallory.  I haven’t been through her shocking childhood experiences and I don’t have an anxiety disorder.  But I am shy and struggle with words at times and I felt her difficulty at expressing herself vocally.

“Words were not the enemy or the monster under the bed, but they held such power over me.  They were like the ghost of a loved one, forever haunting me.”


I felt all the feels of a first love without any of the dreaded insta-love.  Instead I watched a childhood connection grow to a starry-eyed, tender romance that just gladdened my cynical heart.


I hate absent parent syndrome and that thankfully was absent here.  Instead we got a strong adult presence in Mallory’s foster parents.  They clashed with her at times but communication was a strong point in their relationship and I loved this.


I watched Mallory grow in confidence page by page and tackle her insecurities.  When I watch someone overcome obstacle after obstacle and fight every battle, it makes me feel like tackling my own demons.


Overall this is a book that you feel in your heart as you read.  I have gone off contemporary young adult books a bit as they can seem too clichéd but not this one.  It whispered gentle sweet nothings at me and found a place into my heart.  Is it predictable, yes a bit, but it still caressed my soul and made me very happy that I read it.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout?


I’d highly recommend this to you if you enjoy ya contemporaries with romantic, emotional storylines.  Or if you love inspirational character growth.  Fans of Golden by Jessi Kirby or The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay or Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry should also appreciate this one.


Thanks to NetGalley and Mira Ink for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.




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10 Responses to “Book Review : The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout”

    • trish

      I think the cover is fab too! And weird, I *think* I’ve fixed it, hopefully. Don’t know how that happened.

    • trish

      Thanks Jenn! I like to play around with my review formats. Hope you get to it sometime and enjoy it as much as I did.

    • trish

      Such an emotional rollercoaster Lexxie but I loved it! I know exactly what you mean about feeling like you had been though a lot! 🙂

  1. Lola

    This one sounds great with how it makes you feel all those emotions. It sure sounds like these characters go through a lot, but it also has some charming and giddy emotions to make up for the heavier/ darker ones. And I am glad to hear there’s no absent parent syndrome here, it seems it happens a bit too often in books and it’s nice to see books where the parents or in this case foster parents are present. Great review!
    Lola recently posted…Review: Sunborn Rising Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff

  2. Berls

    I just love JLA! I haven’t actually ready THAT many of her books – she’s written a lot – but I she’s such a cool person and I’ve enjoyed everything I have read. I live how you did this review and it’s pushing this book to the top of my list – I love the feelings, that’s what makes me love books! Great review.

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