THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER BY JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT - BOOK REVIEW

I've only read the Lux series by Armentrout, which was a paranormal romance, so I wasn't sure how I'd like her contemporary romances. Luckily, I quite enjoyed this one!

Hello everyone! 

I am back with another book review today it is, The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout.


**Trigger warning: child abuse/neglect. I won't be talking too much about this aspect in my review but it is a large part of the book, including fairly descriptive flashbacks. Please proceed with caution.**

This book follows seventeen-year-old Mallory who, after four years of homeschooling, four years after being rescued from that abusive foster home, four years of speech and talk therapy, is ready to go to school for the first time in her teenaged life. She is trying to put the past behind her and wants a fresh start before heading off to college soon. But the last person she expects to see at her new school is Rider, the boy who saved her so many times when they were little and living in that horrible home. Shocked, Mallory tries to navigate the world of school, new people, and speaking up for herself - while trying to figure out if Rider is just a part of her past, or if he is also a part of her future.

In all honesty, I wasn't really expecting this book to be much more than a fluffy romance. Just based on my previous experiences with Armentrout's books, I figured it would be pretty easy-going. Well-written, but easy-going. And that wasn't really this book. It definitely didn't go as deep or dark into the world of child abuse as some other books definitely have, I'm looking at you, Paper Butterflies, but it was definitely more than just a fluffy contemporary.

I went back and forth on whether or not I liked Mallory and Rider together - obviously, they've been through a lot together - but I wasn't 100% sold on the idea that they had more than a familial connection. To be perfectly honest, there were times when I thought they were for sure not going to be together. Then other times I flipped to a maybe. I'll let you figure out how it ends.

Perhaps my one and only complaint about this book is that there are so many important and deeper issues that could have been explored but weren't. Everything from drug use/selling and probable gang life to child abuse and racial issues. Armentrout seems to have incorporated these themes briefly, but then doesn't really get to the root of the issue. I know this isn't a book about the Baltimore drug scene, but if you're going to go through the trouble of having one of the characters die from a related incident, maybe have the characters talk about it a bit more? Otherwise, in my opinion, it just cheapens what happened to the characters in the book.

Overall, while there was definitely some room for improvement, I think this a pretty good book and I look forward to picking up more of Armentrout's contemporaries in the future!