Mallory Dodge, a homeschooled high school girl, was abused by her foster parents when she was little. Now, she's escaped that frightening past and is living in a good household in Baltimore, where everything is almost flawless and unimaginable, considering what she experienced in the past. Yet it's not that perfect. As she enters her final high school year in an actual public school, she crashes into the boy that has protected her from most beatings from her foster parents, and she is incredibly bewildered to see that their paths have realigned. His name is Rider Stark - charming, handsome, smart, and a brilliant artist. The two embark on a story to reveal the darker and messier parts of life, while finding relationships with others and reconciling their own. Most importantly, the two work towards moving on from their horrible past and finding themselves and where they belong in the world. This book is beautifully written to convey deeper and more meaningful aspects of adolescence to adulthood, and readers may find themselves becoming too attached to these amazingly developed characters! Definitely worth a read!
Review by: Serena H.
This book was a pretty interesting one about a teenager named Mallary Dodge. She was homeschooled until she was 15 and she started high school in public for the first time. She had a lot of trouble talking with strangers. This book should be inspirational for teenagers because she was scared of speaking with her teacher alone to start, but she did it. And it shows that anyone can do it if they put themselves up to the task.
Reviewed by Billy H.
The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout is about a teenage girl who lived in the foster system before being adopted by a loving family. She now has to go through the challenges of going to high school, meeting new people and some old ones too. This book is definitely a teen romance novel, but I enjoyed how the plot was realistic and relatable. I give the book 5 stars out of 5 for its interesting plot and well written narration.
Review by Anne G.
4/5 Stars :)
The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout follows the story of Mallory Dodge, a foster teen who is about to start her Senior Year at Lands High. Her first school year back in a public school setting. Mallory “Mouse” Dodge has been spending the last four years of her life homeschooled while recovering from a childhood of trauma and abuse. After being conditioned to keep silent as a form of defense and safety, her journey to assimilate to a setting full of words and conversation is heart-pounding yet beautiful. And she is not alone as she reunites with her childhood love and protector, Rider Stark, and struggles to separate her memories of him as a child and with the man he is now. Armentrout’s story of love and trust between these two characters envelops the reader and pulls them in to share Mallory’s pain and happiness as she navigates through her first love while also learning how to open up to others and how to defend herself. The clear character growth is astounding as Mallory learns that in order to live she cannot remain silent forever - because living her life is more important than that.
Review by Rachel L.
The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout is more than your average chick lit. It revolves around Mallory "Mouse" Dodge who grew up in a horrible foster home with her protector, Rider Stark. After a horrible accident, she is taken from that home and adopted by a wonderful family. Though she has improved immensely psychologically over the years, she struggles to face her next step ---- public high school. All of the things she imagined came true, like having no one to sit with and not speaking to anyone. However, she never expected to run into her protector Rider Stark.
This book has the classic love triangle, a lot of drama from not only Mallory's past but from her present as well, and a lot of tragedies. Armentrout does a good job of keeping the readers on their feet and kicking them with plot twists when they least expect it. There are some parts that are very predictable and too cheesy but overall this is a good read.
Review by: Myera M.