“Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it really didn’t exist.”
― Jennifer L. Armentrout,
The Problem with Forever
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Synopsis: 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.
– Taken from Goodreads
This book has been sitting on my shelf for months. I don’t normally pick up contemporary reads as soon as they come out. However, there was a crazy amount of buzz about this book on bookstagram. The cover truly is what inspired me to buy this book. It’s been sitting on my shelf for so long I forgot what the book was about.
I have started a new thing where I try to wait to read books until I no longer remember what they are about. I feel as though I enjoy the reading experience a lot more if I am going in blind. It is also helpful with trying to clear off my ever-expanding TBR shelf. That being said I went into this book blind and I am so grateful.
This book dealt with some very difficult issues in very real ways. Throughout books we saw people handling trauma and negative experiences in different ways. We also see people who are struggling financially as well as medically. There was a wide variety of characters that were present throughout the book which was very exciting.
All of the characters felt fully formed and real. They weren’t mere stereotypes of groups of people. They had stories and lives that were not defined by who they were but by what they did. I was connected to each and every one of these characters. Even the supporting characters were heartbreaking and fresh. These individuals felt like real flesh and bone.
In this book you see the dichotomy of our current socioeconomic state in the United States. There is a large gap in income causing very different extremes. What I appreciated most about this book is that we see inner city underprivileged kids who are not defined by that. They are still depicted as capable, smart, hardworking, kind, etc. They are human beings. I work at a school which has a majority of students that live in poverty. I work with these kids everyday. Therefore, it was refreshing to see characters in the book who could represent my students. A majority of the characters were hispanic and they encompassed the entire spectrum. They varied from doctors to kids having to survive on the street. However, none of these individuals ended up being defined by that. The common refrain throughout this book was that no matter where you come from or what happened to a person they can still lead a successful life doing whatever they want to do. I really appreciated this theme.
This book hit close to home. I really enjoyed it and I look forward to recommending anybody and everybody. If you are looking for a contemporary read you should pick this up!
Have you read this book? Do you have a favorite contemporary book?