Published by Harlequin Teen on May 17th 2016
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 had a few problems with The Problem with Forever. I liked it okay but I wasn’t crazy about it. I wanted to be crazy about it. The cover begs for me to love it. I mean look at it its gorgeous. I kind of expected to have so many feels unfortunately it fell flat for me. I was feel less. I thought I would cry. I didn’t. So lets dive in!
Mallory – I wasn’t crazy about her. She actually frustrated me quite a lot. I feel like despite everything I really didn’t get to know her. I just really wanted to understand her more than I actually did. I dont know where her birth parents are, why shes in the system, how many homes she had been in. I felt like all those situations factored into her inability to talk.
Rider – eh, I liked him well enough. He was an okay character. I had all the same questions for Rider as I did for Mallory. I guess I liked Rider more because he didn’t let his past hold him back.
Of course there are other characters and some who play some pretty important roles. But when it comes down to it The Problem with Forever is really about Mallory and Rider. While reading I couldn’t help but compare The Problem with Forever to Perfect Chemistry By Simone Elkes. Maybe it was the good girl mixed up with the boy from the other side of the tracks that did it for me. I’m not sure.
This was the first book I’ve read by Armentrout. The writing was okay. I read it pretty quickly which was surprising because it is a bit of a hefty book. Was it classic boy saves girl, boy losses girl, they reunite and girl saves herself. If that’s your thing. Perhaps you should give this book a try.