The Problem with Forever

The Problem with Forever

by Jennifer L. Armentrout


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The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

"Heartbreakingly real…a remarkable novel about the power of first love and the courage it takes to face your fears." —Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling author

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a riveting story about friendship, survival and finding your voice.

Growing up, Mallory Dodge 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, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at a public high school. But she never imagined 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 soon it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make 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.


"This book blew me away, completely. Gripping from page one, I—quite literally—couldn’t put it down."
—Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author

"We’re left breathless and a little haunted and wanting more."
—Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author

"An achingly real masterpiece… Heart-wrenching, heartwarming, heart-everything."
—Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373212057
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Edition description: Original
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.70(d)
Lexile: HL630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 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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The Problem with Forever 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was so good, love the way she writes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next book she writes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG, another amazing book.!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has said so many things I never knew how to say it was Beautiful and Real, in a way not much out there is. I Love it and thank you to J. Lynn for writing it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jennifer l. Armentrout is one of my favorite authors. It's the none paranormal books that stick with you the real word a person can relate to stuff, don't look back, wait for you series, frigid are few examples that keep the book or eReader in your hand from page one to the last page. Not the the lux series and wicked and covenant weren't equally excellent reads; but, Mallory and Rider fit this real world feel. They were together in a bad situation and they never thought they'd see each other again and four years later they can't believe they have been wrong. Mallory found a good path while Rider life a harder road. I was hooked the minute Rider asked " Mouse?" This is good read and not one to be passed up.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in two days, I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was both emotional and amazing. The strength that Mallory finds in others, as well as herself, is inspiring. If it could get through the approval process, it would be an excellent required reading book for high schools. So many life lessons shared in such a beautiful story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the 1st sentence. This book is a must read! ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would love to read a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it from beginning to end! I would love to read a sequel :)
Anonymous 5 months ago
Wonderful book. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that has had the gritty, raw feel that parts of this story have. The typical ‘boy from the wrong side of the tracks loves girl from privilege’ is twisted here; they both come from the same starting point, and serendipitously find one another again. Mallory’s silence (symptoms of ptsd and anxiety) are believable and you can imagine how difficult it is for her to do things we take from granted. The one thing that kept this from being five stars for me was that while I understand Mallory’s problem with being assertive and it is very justifiable, I usually prefer my heroines sassy and outspoken- so really, just personal preference there.
WhatsBeyondForks 10 months ago
This was a pretty powerful story. Mallory had more character growth than most fictional characters out there, and I felt empowered for her as she found her voice, literally. Along with survival, friendship is a big theme within this book. Blood is strong, but sometimes a true friend is just as strong, if not stronger. Rider had some growth of his own, and I was so proud of him. I think it was harder for him in some ways than it was for Mallory. This was a truly beautiful story.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Wonderfully written story that is worth rereading again and again.
AReadingRedSox More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of Jennifer Armentrout's, and the only thing I'm sad about is that I didn't read this book sooner. It's SUCH a great read y'all: the romance, the character development, the issues that are dealt with. A truly perfect contemporary! Check out more great book reviews on my blog, A Reading Red Sox, here:
Katiekoz More than 1 year ago
4.5☆ This book is different from the other stuff that JLA writes, but it's still her writing so of course I'm gonna like it. Mallory and Rider are such interesting and complex characters that have been through so much already in their lives. I loved reading about Mallory and how she progressed and grew as a person throughout the book. JLA does such a good job with writing her characters and making me feel for them. I instantly empathized with Mallory and Rider. I can't even imagine having to go through what they had to face and coming out of it ok. I love Rider! He is such a good and sweet guy who only wants the absolute best for the people he cares about. I loved the ending, it was really cute and touching and I'm very happy with where Mallory and Rider are in life.
CCraig More than 1 year ago
There is something about wounded heroes and heroines that yanks me into a book. And Armentrout grabbed me by the heart and had me caring for Mallory and Ryder from the very first page. My heart went out to both of these characters because of their childhood abuse and the scars they carried with them. A dark subject for certain, but the story also carried hope, forgiveness and love. You won’t be able to put this book down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so hopefull. The characters were well written and the story flowed. A must read. 355 pages. No cliffhanger .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive reread it sooooo many times and it never gets old!
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
I jointly reviewed this with my co-blogger, Becca! “Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it really didn't exist.” THE STORY: Lisa : After suffering with a traumatic childhood, Mallory is now in the care of two trusted, supportive and loving parents. She's attempting her senior year in a public school after being home-schooled for many years, yet it's not the easy task since she's still struggling with the after-affects of the abuse. On the very first day, Mallory runs into Rider, the sole good memory she has of those horrible years in foster care hell. The connection with Rider is instant... as if they had never been apart. Rider is also struggling with issues from his past, and he's on a vicious spiral downward. Mallory's habit of staying mute is being tortured as she struggles with the decision to stay silent or speak out and try to save her friend, the only person who stuck by her during those bad years. As you can tell... lots of feels in this story. Two struggled teens who spent a horrible time together, now reunited, and both still dealing with overcoming the trauma they both suffered. Becca : I couldn't have said it better myself Lisa!! Both Mallory and Rider endured such a traumatic childhood. A decade of their childhood was spent being neglected and abused and the only thing they had to get through it was each other. Just the concept alone gave me all kinds of feels for these two characters. THE CHARACTERS: Becca : The Problem with Forever begins on Mallory's first day of high school and is told from her POV. Mallory can speak, but chooses to be mostly mute out of fear because of her childhood. It is not that she doesn't want to talk, it's that she freezes in fear and cannot force words out. My heart broke for Mallory, after years of abuse as a child she is adopted by a loving family and even after years of therapy is still trying to put the pieces together. When she sees Rider at her new school, it is both good because he was her lifeline as a child and bad because it brings back so many unwanted and repressed memories. Rider appears to have it all together, as if he has worked through every issue from his childhood. After a year in a group home, he was placed in a foster home where he gains two almost brother Hector and Jayden. It is not in the nice part of town and he is still labeled as "trouble" but he is safe a fed there. I loved the relationship between Rider and Mallory, it was so warm and comforting at first and then slowly turned to more. I really enjoyed the slow burn of the build up. Experiencing the stories of their childhood was so hard, after all they had went through I could fully understand their connection. I also fall big time for the "second chance romance" trope, it gets me every time! The secondary characters in this book were awesome too! Mallory's adoptive parents were so amazing and very important parts. I love a book where the parents are active in their child's life. Her best friend Ainsley was so fun and totally cool! Also Rider's BFF Hector was pretty awesome, and his little brother Jayden was so funny! Even Paige, Rider's ex was a good addition because I loved to hate her! Jennifer Armentrout did an amazing job of building these characters and helping them grow. There were times I was mad at Mallory for being so scared and afraid, but in the end it struck me as being all part of her journey. As for Rider, because of his
jenababy13 More than 1 year ago
The Problem With Forever is the type of book that makes me want to cry at the end. I'm not sure if it's from happiness, from feeling all the emotions the characters are experiencing, from the heartache of the events, or all of the above. All I know is that this book was one heck of a story and I loved every world-shattering part of it. We start off with our protagonist, Mallory, who essentially is a shell of a person. She's completely intact however, after a traumatic childhood, she keeps everything inside and is extremely introvert. She finally decides, after having a break through couple years to go to a brick and mortar high school. It's there that she is bombarded with social situations she didn't imagine but also comes face to face with her past. I must admit, I truly enjoyed being inside of Mallory's head as odd as that sounds. There was one point semi-early in the book where a quote she says just hit me and has haunted me since I read the words. "My name is Mallory... Dodge." I drew in a deep breath, speaking to no one. "And I like... I like reading. And I don't like... I don't like who I am." I feel like these words just shook me to the bone. Without a doubt, everyone has felt this at some point in their life. For me, I adore reading and there has been so many times that I have questioned myself or didn't like what I have seen in the mirror. These words truly made you feel what she was feeling not just in that moment, but essentially her whole life. Following her was unlike any other character I have read and I adore every moment of watching her grow and change. With our other characters, you cannot help but love them all in some way. Each friend and adult somehow finds their way into their heart. I'd go into specifics but, Rosa, Jayden, Hector, Kiera, Ainsley, and even Paige all affect you in some form or another. Then, there's Rider. Oh Rider. The sexy, smart knight in shining armor who deserves the world and doesn't see it. You cannot help but root for this boy every step of the way. Overall, I adored every piece of this story. There were so many parts that shattered me, some that made me melt, and some that made me smile with happiness. The Problem With Forever is definitely a story worth reading and I would recommend it to everyone.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
The Problem with Forever, is the first book I’ve read of Armentrout’s. I see her books everywhere and was ready to fall into one. The Problem with Forever is at times hard to digest. Mallory went through so much. She had Rider to protect her, through the worst parts of her life. Though, I felt that this story was heartbreaking but also heartwarming. I never fell into the characters. I didn’t find the connection with them that I desperately wanted. It’s a good/enjoyable story of a girl who turned from this meek little mouse, to a girl who knew what she wanted. Who wasn’t afraid to fight for what she wanted. Some things just seemed a little glossed over. Like, oh yeah this happened but there was no emotional pull for me. I was honestly, slightly disappointed because I truly wanted to love this. The writing is done well, the characters develop through out the story. The story itself was intriguing and I wanted to see what happened next. Overall, I give this book Three Boundless Stars. It was a good story....Lissa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She's one of my favorites (if not my number one) so she did not disappoint with this book. The plot is beautiful, the story one people can connect with and the characters are very very real. Another AMAZING BOOK!!!!
FandomJunkie1 More than 1 year ago
You know when you read a book that's so good that when something cute of awkward happens you have to close the book and take a moment to scream eternally? That's this book and I loved every minute. So happy I read it and got obsessed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing and well written. It is about overcoming fear and people trying to break away from there past.