If There's No Tomorrow

If There's No Tomorrow

by Jennifer L. Armentrout


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Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year

She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. The upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances. Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her entire existence has been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335499073
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Edition description: Original
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 117,781
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

# 1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. Find her on Twitter @JLArmentrout or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

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If There's No Tomorrow 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
CherylLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Hard hitting, emotional & unforgettable!
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: I’d spent the last million years harboring a rabid case of bitter jealousy when it came to Skylar. But the worst part was that she was genuinely sweet, which made hating her a crime against humanity, puppies and rainbows. I might seriously hit you, and since you weigh, like, eighty pounds wet and I have about a hundred on you, I’m going to snap you like a KitKat bar. Yeah, he’s hot, but he’s also the school bike and everyone has had a ride… Wait, why am I explaining different kisses to you two? No one in this room is a member of the hymen parade. You know the different types of kissing. The home was on a massive farm, and it was the kind of house no one needed unless they were polygamists and had fifty children. Time… time slowed down and moved too fast, all at once. My Review: I rarely (never) read YA but I have been hearing rave remarks and accolades about the marvelous stories and talent of the scribe known as Jennifer Armentrout for ages so I wanted to see what the fuss was all about; I hope the devil has thermal underwear as a freeze may be coming his way, I loved this exceptionally well-crafted book and couldn’t put it down. Yes, there was eye rolling, typically teenaged angst, family tensions, problems with parents, girlfriend spats, boyfriend drama, the debates about whether they “really, really like” someone, and only toes curling kisses to rate on the steam-ometer. But the storyline was unexpectedly poignant and deep and delved into the heavier issues of the aftermath of trauma, survivor’s guilt, grief, shame, depression, and cowardice. Despite a large number of characters to keep straight, the writing was easy to follow, insightful, emotive, highly observant, and descriptive. Ms. Armentrout’s deftly written and clever arrangements of words pulled me right into Lena’s world and frequently stung my eyes, squeezed my heart, and tensed my frame. The storyline was written from the single POV of an uptight and emotionally stunted and buttoned-up seventeen-year-old girl who was the only survivor of a drunk-driver/single-car accident that critically injured four of her friends. As the only sober passenger, Lena felt responsible yet she was not making an effort to handle her all-consuming guilt, as her typical response to any conflict or emotional situation had always been to repress, deny, withdraw, and/or flee. Kudos to Ms. Armentrout for portraying the difficult issues and counseling process needed for individuals of all ages but particularly the vulnerable teen in dealing with the finality of death and poor decisions.
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
"I made an art form of looking toward tomorrow instead of focusing on today." (50) What a title? If there ever was a title that grabs your attention, If There's No Tomorrow might just be one. Don't you think? If There's No Tomorrow is a story about what could've been, but also what endured and what how to endure. By New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, I dove right into this not sure what to expect. I can tell you that I didn't expect to devour it or love it without waver. "I've always been a reader and I read a lot. . . to. . . escape life. To delve headfirst into a world that dealt with real-life issues to open my eyes, or a world that was something else, something completely unreal. . . I wanted to experience new things and always, always reach the last page feeling satisfied. . ." (22) Yes, how could I not love it with lines like that about our main character, Lena. Then there's the "talented, funny, smart, nice" Sebastian. These characters, their emotional development due to a lost, a tragedy that rock their core, touched deep into our hearts. We understand, we feel and we can easily imagine the heart-wrenching angst that goes through these teenagers' minds. Yes, for a young adult novel, there's a lot of real life issues that goes on, and it needs to be out there. If There's No Tomorrow touched on a topic that needs to be read, because believe it or not, books (even fiction) soothes, teaches and relates our souls. And for impressionable young adults, it's even more important to not sugar coat, but allow authenticity of what life's issues are. In all, If There's No Tomorrow made a way into my bookish heart with its characters (Sebastian's many heartpounding speeches!), its plot and its subject. Jennifer L. Armentrout have shown this reader how beautiful her writing is and I look forward to many more. For my clean readers, please note there are minor language and some intimacy (but not graphic) in this book. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. Jennifer's ability to capture the voice of YA is so masterfully and at the same time she weaves a relevant and captivating story. Pure perfection. I loved these characters. Lena is a book nerd who reads more than she talks to people. Her group of friends have dragged her into the world of the living by getting her to play volleyball and hang out with them. Her very best friend, the boy next door, Sebastian is her secret love. She's looking forward to her senior year and thinking about her tomorrows. Her relationship with her father is nonresistant. Her live is normal. I'm amazed how well this author captures the voice of a high school girl with a secret love and a love of books. And then there is Sebastian. He plays football but it's really his father that wants that. Popular and talented, everyone is friends with him but his best friend is the girl next door who he met when they were eight. He sneaks in her room at night and they talk. They will always be best friends. But what I love the most about Sebastian is his understanding, his compassion because when his very best friend needs him he's there despite her pushing him away. I love the rest of the gang too. Megan, Abbi and Dary all make this pack of friends that are quirky and fun. From the lectures to get Lena a boyfriend to the dragging her out from behind the pages of books, I loved them all. Lena's family felt real too. From her sister away at college, to her mother trying to hold them together and the distant father that just was, well distant. It all rang true. Then there is the story. This book will suck you in quickly but you know something is coming. The prologue lets you know that. So I read on the edge of my seat, waiting. And of course, it hit me unexpectedly. There I was laying in an emotional mess when I realized what happened. What this story is really about. The pain felt real because they were friends to me. I admit to taking a lot longer than I normally would to finish this book. I needed to take it in chunks after that. It's emotional and heartbreaking. I wanted to crawl inside the covers of the book and pull people together for hugs. But whenever I put it down to take a break, it called me back. I read a chapter at lunch or another before bed. I couldn't stay away long. I needed to know. And just as there are no easy answers in life, so this book worked through life to find a place of normal again. A place where there could be hope again. But still the promise of a tomorrow is never a guarantee and this book captures that very well. While this book is emotional, I wouldn't miss it for the world. It hit me hard but it was also healing in a real sense. It's the kind of book that speaks across age, gender and every other possible difference we might have. It speaks of life. It speaks of healing. Do not miss it.
misscent More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of JLA's books. She has so much character development, plot and feels in each of her novels that you hate to finish them as you know it's the end. She doesn't disappoint with this story. Lena and Sebastian are amazing. The dynamic of the characters and the conversations - it feels like you are right there participating and seeing it. So many feels in this book, I recommend hourly supplements of chocolate to compensate for the explosion of emotions you'll feel.
Katiekoz More than 1 year ago
4.5☆ Well that was an emotion filled book! I wasn't expecting the book to go the route it did; that was a bit of a shocker to me. If There's No Tomorrow is written so well. The way that JLA packs this book with so much emotion and heart is wonderful. I could really see the psychology side of her come out with all the repercussions of the incident and all the advice given to the characters. She was able to weave multiple morals into the story on top of it. Lena goes through so much in this book, but I enjoyed reading about how she viewed and thought of everything after what she went through. I felt for her every step of the way and wanted her to come out on top and find a way to be happy. Sebastian is such a good guy. He can be a goof ball, but yet really sweet and caring. I love his relationship with Lena and how it changes throughout the course of the book and with everything going on around them. It was a wonderful book to read, I wish it could have kept going!
ASpeakman More than 1 year ago
As with all Jennifer L Armentrout books, If There's No Tomorrow was a book I couldn't put down. The main character, Lena, has a lot of issues to deal with throughout the book. She describes herself as an average 17 year old girl. Shes loves to read, she's on the volleyball team, and she's working very hard to get early acceptance to the school of her choice. But, Lena makes a choice one night that not only affects her, its affects everyone around her. "I was a runner, too, and not the healthy kind. When things got too rough, I checked out, just like Dad had. I made an art form of looking toward tomorrow instead of focusing on today." Lena's friendships are ultimately put to the test after her life altering choice. It's easy to let some things fall apart after a tragedy occurs. Lena's friends try to help her come to terms and cope with her decisions but she pushes them away. Sebastian has been Lena's friend since they were eight year old. They have been in love with each other for just as long but neither one has wanted to admit their feelings. Sebastian stands up to Lena and will not let her retreat into herself. Sebastian is swoon-worthy like many of JLA's other male leads. "None of us are promised a tomorrow...We don't always get a later." This book is beautifully written. The subject matter is something important that needs to be talked about. While this is geared towards YA, what happens in ITNT, hits the mark. It shows how one choice can alter your life immensely. How we can take our lives and safety of others around us for granted. This book was spot on with the social media aspect too. It shows that people are quick to be the judge and jury of someone's choice. Lena has a very difficult time overcoming what she thinks everyone else is thinking about her. Her character does a lot of growing and changing in this book. I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. This book will stick with me for a very long time.
Julalicious More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.5/5 God this book made me cry. Seriously, I was at work and my eyes were red. Thank god I could say it was allergies ;) So if you’re sensitive like me, prepare to have some tissues while you’re reading this book. The book sort of started slow for me maybe because I knew there was more to the story than just the problems of having a crush on your best friend, whether it’s unrequited or not. But that said, I liked that the characters were quite relatable. I may not be a teenager anymore, but I do remember feeling a lot like they did whether it’s about a boy, school or family. Our main character is Lena and she’s your typical teenager looking forward to her senior year with her friends and then going off to college with her whole life ahead of her. She wants to enjoy her time with her friends as much as she can and simply live her life to the fullest. One night, one choice and all of this changed. Tomorrow doesn’t seem as exciting as it used to be. She has a lot of difficulties to deal with the aftermath of the event and it affects not only her but the people around her. The story really turns around how she deals or doesn't deal with her decision from that night and how her attitude affects the people around her. She goes through quite a few mixed feelings throughout the book and sometimes, you just want to hug her and some other times, you just want her to wake up and see what's in front of her. I think you wil love Sebastian a lot too becaue he's genuinely a good guy, if sometimes a bit oblivious, but still lol And even when she’s pushing him away like she did with the others, he’s still sticking around, refusing to leave her alone. But more seriously, this book may have started kind of slow for me, but once the story finally solidified, I was hooked and I just wanted to get to the end and see where all of this was going. Jen’s writing will make you feel every feelings Lena is going through, but I liked that we can also feel the other character’s feelings. We may be in Lena’s head throughout the book, but her interactions with the people around give you the opportunity to see how they are also living the events occurring in the book. Jen’s writing always gets me one way or another; she knows how to create a reaction from her readers; we may not all feel it the same, but I’m pretty sure if you love her writing, you know exactly what I mean. If you have yet to discover her books, I suggest you try this one. Just remember my advice to have tissues near you.
StephanieFriend More than 1 year ago
"We don't always get tomorrow. Sometimes it's not because of death. Sometimes it's the decisions we make for ourselves." Lena was honestly one of my favorite characters in the book. She is an average girl, nothing special about her. Down to earth. A little quite. Comes from a broken home. Her life is just like any other 17 year old girl who is entering their Senior year. The mountains that she has to move in the book are out of this world, but she does it. There are points in the story where I want to mentally hug her. I love the way Jen writes her female lead characters. Lena may be one of my favorites so far! Sebastian is strong, athletic, popular and the typical 'boy next door'. His character is not at all flawed. He is like Lena in the way of being an ordinary boy getting ready to enter his Senior year of high school. He too has things he must overcome. The feelings that pour out of him make me love him so much more! I picture him as a young Jensen Ackles. *Swoon* This book was a real eye opener to the fact that every action has a reaction. Jen takes real life issues and incorporates them into her books. Proving the sometimes brutality that is social media. Honestly makes you think twice about what you say and how you react to certain situations. This is a book you want your teenager to read. It also as an adult, makes you want to hold your children tighter and enlighten them on faces regarding the consequences of their actions. Again, as I'm reading this book lots of thoughts went through my head. So much things happened to these young people. Decisions were made, ones that they had to own up to. I spent a lot of time thinking about this even after I finished reading the book. It put a lot of things in perspective for me as the reader. I have to admit, I did shed a couple of tears. Bottom line, Jen's writing style still holds true as one of my absolute favorite authors. She doesn't disappoint. Her stories always flow and hold your attention. You can really tell when someone writes from the heart. Once you start this book you won't be able to stop until the very end. I honestly hope you enjoy this book, it will remain one of my favorites.
Kristas_Dust_Jacket More than 1 year ago
This one will stay with you for a long time. And it should. I had to psych myself up to read this one. Not because I was afraid I wouldn't like it. After reading The Problem With Forever, I knew that Jennifer Armentrout could do an emotional YA contemporary so well. No - it was the fact that I knew it would slay me, and I had to gear myself up for the tears. I mean, that description, right?? It sounds so ominous and unfortunate. It sounds like death is involved somehow, and knowing these are kids, any death in their young lives is going to be tragic. I was SO right. But, despite the fact that I had the book in my hand for a few weeks before I actually started reading it, I did love it. Lena's a book fan who has a large circle of friends including three best girl friends and one best guy friend. She's a moderately good volleyball player, a good student and has a great mom (although, her dad is another story). She worries about all the typical things 17-year-old girls worry about - what college will she go to and what will she study? How could she have let that guy kiss her last month? And why does she have to have feelings for her best guy friend Sebastian? Then, one choice on one night changes her world in a tragic way. I think, for me, one of the things about this book that made it especially emotional is that everything that happens to Lena has happened to other teens in America countless times over. Perhaps not always with the same outcome, but kids grapple with the choices Lena faced, and I'm sure they make the same one. I want my daughter to read this book when she gets to high school, and I hope she makes some sort of connection with the characters and uses it as a reference if she finds herself in a similar situation. Never fear all you romance lovers out there - despite the deep and heavy subject matter, there is plenty of romance in If There's No Tomorrow to sink your teeth into. Things between Sebastian and Lena develop at such a great pace. The romance never seems to be thrown in there in a haphazard way, as romances sometimes seem when they're overshadowed by the larger story arc. Lena's way of dealing with what happened remains always at the forefront, and how her relationship with Sebastian develops is shaped because of that larger story arc. It's as it should be, even if it is incredibly frustrating to read at times. If There's No Tomorrow is told entire from Lena's POV. In some of Jen Armentrout's previous books, she's gone back later and posted on her website portions of her books written from the guy's POV. I would LOVE to get some of that here. There's no doubt that this is entirely Lena's journey, so it's only right that it be told all by her. But, there are some parts of the story, that I would've loved to have known what was going through Sebastian's head. That would be an amazing extra. I'm a huge Jen Armentrout fan. She's so versatile - able to write emotional YA contemporary one month and adult romantic suspense the next. And she does them all so very well. If There's No Tomorrow will gut you and frustrate you. It will make you cry and make you smile a little from time to time too. And it's one that will stay with you for a long time.
Vicki101370 More than 1 year ago
It's the end of the summer before senior year, and Lena and her friends have bright futures ahead of them. The guys have a great football team. The girls volleyball team is playing great. And things between Lena and her best friend Sebastian are finally starting to look up. After the traditional last party of the summer - the last hurrah before they go back to school, things take a tragic turn, and the lives of Lena and her friends will never be the same again. If There's No Tomorrow is the most raw, gut wrenching story I've read from Jennifer L. Armentrout While never shying away from taking characters through trauma and grief and write about some of the hardest truths, this story takes things to a new emotional level. While Lena finally has the opportunity she's always wanted with Sebastian, she struggles to move on, to not simply shut herself off from emotion. Her story, her journey, is devastatingly difficult, raw and emotional. Jennifer more than did justice to an extremely difficult and sensitive topic. Highly recommended, for teens, young adults, everyone. Pull out the tissue box and be prepared!
onemused More than 1 year ago
"If There's No Tomorrow" was an engaging YA contemporary/romance. While the romance was sweet and a fun friends-turned-lovers story, the secondary focus of the book- a life-changing event was really the best part of this book. The book begins with Lena being so excited for senior year- everything is going her way. She is planning to go to college with her female BFF, starring on the volleyball team, and enjoying partying with all her friends, the cool kids at school. She has also worked up the courage to finally tell her male, next-door neighbor BFF Sebastian that she likes him. Things go a little awry when she finally kisses him and he pulls back. Before they have a chance to get clarity, they are at a party with drinking and then something happens (~30% of the way through the book) that changes everything. As Lena tries to recover and move on, she is drowning in her own life and what-ifs. In an attempt to avoid spoilers, I will just say that the big event is handled really well- the responses feel very real and the consequences are so clear. The resources provided to Lena are a beautiful example, which is very important in YA fiction. Her healing process was done very well and I was completely drawn into the story. Although the book is really built around the romance, the best parts of the book are around The Event and the consequences. I highly recommend this book- it's an emotional and really great read all around. Please note that I received a copy from a goodreads giveaway (but I also purchased my own hardcover copy to get it signed). All opinions are my own.
Livlovesbooks More than 1 year ago
My review title: I loved this mature YA novel! ‘It was just no one thought about these kinds of things until they happened, until it was too late.’ ~Lena ★¸¸.•*¨*•★Minor Spoilers Alert★•*¨*•.¸¸★ Writing style: First person POV (Lena’s) Cover chapter design: I like its simplicity and the colorful title letters against the white background. My tags for this novel are… Unpredictable / Easy-to-read / Tragic / Inspirational / Mature Themes / Young Adult Characters / Original / Page-turner / Romantic / HEA / Realistic One of my favorite scenes is… “Why now?” I asked again. “Why-” “Because we were too stupid to do it before and because we’re still alive right now. “I don’t know who moved first, if it was him or me or both of us at the same time, but our mouths came together in a clash. His lips. Mine. I tasted him, my fingers landing on his chest and my hand sliding up to his shoulder. And he kissed in a way that consumed me, lit a fire that burned through my skin, turned my muscles into lava and my bones and my bones to ash. There was tongue and teeth, and Andre had never kissed me like that. No boy ever had, and that was frightening and exhilarating all at the same time. Sebastian doled out kisses like there was an endless supply and I had a high demand for them, and somehow, without knowing how, I was lying on my back, and he’d lowered me so gently, so carefully. “My turn,” he murmured against my mouth. I didn’t want to stop him. •*¨*• Story rating: ★★★★★ I’d give it 6 stars if I could! Sebastian’s determination in Ch. 13 was beautiful to experience. I loved that he told her how he was feeling about everything that had happened and hunkered down by her side. He wouldn’t let Lena shut him out emotionally in her time of need as she had her other friends. His confession in Ch. 18 rocked her world and ranked as yet another one of my top favorite scenes. “I shouldn’t have waited.” “But now is, like, the worst timing in the history of timing.” I lowered my feet to the floor and stood, having to put some space between us. The abrupt movement caused pain to lance across my ribs. “Really bad timing, Sebastian.” “Or it’s the best timing,” he fired back, watching me walk around the chair. “And you know what? Waiting is too risky. There’s no bad time to tell someone you love them.” And Ch. 20 was sweet hotness galore! Her survivor’s guilt was understandably a new anchor holding her down and she struggled for a while to heal emotionally even after she’d fully recovered from her serious injuries. Being forced to go to counseling was crucial for her. Letting her friends back into her life, opening up to all of them about what really happened that night, learning the truth about her parents’ divorce and Sebastian admitting his romantic feelings for her were also instrumental in her return to truly living life and taking advantage of the second chance fate gave her. No one wants to go through such a horrible tragedy like Lena and her friends did, but many people will out of fear of appearing stupid, uncool or overly cautious. I hope many young people read this novel and understand the importance of listening to your instincts about safety. Not doing so can have tragic consequences.
NicFictionAddiction More than 1 year ago
This book did not disappoint—JLA delivered on all the feels and true-to-life pain that resonated with me, and I think will resonate with almost all YA readers. What Fed My Addiction: Peer pressure. How many times have you found yourself in a situation where you knew you should react in a certain way, but you didn’t want to rock the boat? Even as adults, I think we still find ourselves in these situations occasionally—as teens? Definitely. Lena is a smart girl. A good kid. And she makes a mistake—does something that she knew she shouldn’t do, but it would have felt awkward and pushy to do the right thing. And she has to live with the consequences of her bad decision. She has to live with the guilt that comes from knowing she should have done it differently. I think that this concept is pretty much universally relatable, which makes the story that much more powerful. A full cast of characters you can’t help but love. Every character in this book felt real to me. Lena’s friends, her family, the boy she loves… they all feel like people I could have known in high school. All wonderfully, perfectly flawed but there for Lena—or at least trying to be. (Okay, there are a couple of people who aren’t so good at being there for Lena, but part of the book is about repairing those relationships.) I loved the portrayal of realistic, messy relationships and how Lena’s personal issues get in the way. All the feels. I felt everything when reading this book, and I couldn’t put it down!! I read the whole thing in two sittings (it would have been one if I hadn’t forced myself to put the book down and go to sleep at one point) and I enjoyed every single minute! What Left Me Hungry for More: Not much. Sure, there were times when I wanted Lena to stop beating herself up and let people in, but that was sort of the point of the book, so I don’t know how I can hold that against it. This is JLA at her best and I loved it! This book reminds us that every choice we make has consequences, but we don’t have to be defined by our mistakes. It’s about the miracle of love and life and second-chances. I give it 5/5 Stars. ***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via ALA Annual in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put it down.
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Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Lena is looking forward to her senior year. She's doing well at school, she has great friends and she has a nice job. She's also in love with Sebastian, her best friend. She thinks after many years she might even dare to tell him how she feels. However, her positive flow comes to an end when something terrible happens. One moment changes the course of Lena's life forever. Could she have prevented it from happening and can she handle the guilt she now has to live with? Lena's whole life has unravelled. She seemed to have a glorious future ahead of her and now the last thing she wants to think about is what she's going to do tomorrow, let alone next year. There's something she hasn't told anyone and this secret is tearing her apart. Will Lena be able to move on and find a way to deal with the consequences of what happened to her on one awful night? Will she be able to tell anyone the truth, so she can share her burden or will she keep struggling with it on her own? If There's No Tomorrow is an impressive story about love, loss and consequences. Lena is a kindhearted girl. She loves books, she enjoys spending time with her friends, she likes good food and she has a huge crush on the boy next door. She's like a lot of other teenagers, but that changes in one fatal moment. My heart ached for everything she had to go through. Lena has a lot to deal with and she doesn't know what to do with the abundance of overwhelming emotions, they make her feel so bad that she feels she's stuck and therefore she's unable to talk to people. She used to be a cheerful girl, but now she has to discover who she is again and find a new equilibrium. That complex process was moving to witness and it made me tear up quite a few times. Jennifer L. Armentrout has written an amazing thought-provoking story about a difficult, but very real topic. I loved her honest approach of the situation. She doesn't spare her main characters, she doesn't sugarcoat the situation and she gives her readers the opportunity to make up their own minds about the subject matter. I love the way she does this and the combination with a strong story makes If There's No Tomorrow a gorgeous gripping read. I loved this terrific book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting light read with getting you into the story
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout Publisher: Harlequin TEEN Publication Date: September 5, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She's ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications, and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic--one of opportunities and chances. Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything. Now Lena isn't looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened. For what she let happen. With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when she and her friends' entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn't even guaranteed? What I Liked: I wasn't planning on reading If There's No Tomorrow. I'm a huge fan of JLA's books, but her YA contemporary didn't seem like it would be for me. To begin with, I don't usually love YA contemporary, especially though-issue YA contemporary. The Problem with Forever is 100% not for me, and I have avoided that book. I was going to do the same with this book, but when I received an ARC of it, I decided to give it a shot. Especially since I knew that certain elements that made me steer clear of The Problem with Forever were not present in If There's No Tomorrow. I'm glad I gave this new book a chance because I ended up enjoying it! To be clear: The Problem with Forever and If There's No Tomorrow are not related. They are both YA contemporary standalone novels. I'm comparing them because they're both YA contemporary novels by JLA, but they are not part of a series or anything like that. This book is told in three parts: yesterday, today, and tomorrow. "Yesterday" begins the story, with everything that happened before the accident. Not in a flashback sort of setup, but the story itself, before the accident. "Today" is after the accident. "Tomorrow" is after the accident and after Lena makes some decisions. I liked this setup a lot. I don't enjoy stories with a lot of flashbacks so I'm glad this book had none. Rather, Armentrout told the story like a normal novel, but there were dividers every third of the book. Nothing about the narrative changed, but you knew something was different by each section divider. Before the accident, immediately after, and after when Lena decides some things. The tagline of this book is "A single choice can change everything" and this is incredibly true. Before, Lena was enjoying the last summer before senior year, working and hanging out with friends, including her neighbor Sebastian whom she has been in love with since they met as kids. When the accident happens, everything changes. Lena is not the same, and neither are her friends, whom Lena is sure will never forgive her. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
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Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for the opportunity to read and review If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout! If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout. The story opens with Lena waking up and not knowing where she is. Time moves backward. Lena keeps to herself and has more than a crush on her neighbor, Sebastian. She's kind of a homebody and enjoys reading. We get to see into all aspects of Lena's life and the choices she makes. My heart stopped a few times during the story because of suspense. It also stopped because of the fear of what happened to Lena and her friends and, for a while, not knowing which friends were involved in the accident. This heartfelt story teaches us that we're all capable of making mistakes and wrong choices and we're also capable of healing. We also need people to help us overcome and handle grief. 5 stars for another great young adult book from Jennifer L. Armentrout! I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration.