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The Problem with Forever

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  26,768 Ratings  ·  4,034 Reviews
A 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 y
Hardcover, 474 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by Harlequin Teen
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Jackie Yeah. I feel like this was a major plot hole. Either way. Their relationship was never mentioned again and it should have been even if a follow up is…moreYeah. I feel like this was a major plot hole. Either way. Their relationship was never mentioned again and it should have been even if a follow up is coming. (less)
Jen Armentrout This doesn't have anything to do with The Dead List. Both are YA, but different sub-genres.

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Lola  Reviewer
I was only three chapters in when I had this strong feeling that I would never forget this story.

And now that I finished it, I can confirm that this is one of the twenty most memorable love stories I have read.

It took me close to twelve hours to finish this book, but I don’t regret any minute I spent reading this emotional story. Maybe I could have read two novels in that amount of time, but The Problem with Forever touched my heart so deeply I’m sure I’ll be rereading it again in a couple of ye
Wendy Higgins
Don't even bother trying to guard your heart as you start this book, because Jen is going to take sandpaper to that measly wall you've built, and you'll be laid bare. Raw. Vulnerable. Going back and forth between crying and swooning.
Heartbreaking, heart wrenching, heart warming, heart everything.
As a person who has suffered from anxiety since childhood, I can tell you that Mallory's reactions and the seemingly-small things that garner her anxieties, are RIGHT ON. Like, achingly realistic. I was
Aestas Book Blog
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites

"I know you might not believe it, but I'm going to keep you safe forever..."

This was a gorgeous high school romance that brought me right back to the intensity of falling in love for the first time. I've loved Jennifer Armentrout's writing ever since I read Wait For You back in 2013 and when I heard about this new book, I just couldn't resist diving it. I feel like there's something particularly special about childhood friends-to-lovers stories -- I love the s

DNF @ %75

Alright, this is a no more, please, no more kind of situation.

It was page 60 and I was already all about putting the book down for good but since I’m a loyal Jennifer L. Armentrout fan, I continued reading the story… and I regret that decision.

I’ve spent a few days deciding if I wanted to push myself and finish the book because I’m only like 100 pages left, but at this point I really don’t care.

I found myself skipping through the chapters and maybe I’m the one who outgrew YA and I’m d
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
☠ Well, This is awkward. X__x

“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.”

☠ Pffft you got that one thing right, Mickey mouse. I don't ....ahh.....don't like you....either. I'm sorrry....but....after a thousand mooning over.....what's his name.....Jake or Josh or Ryder....I'm not sure....algorithms me now. I'd have considered this a minor det
Oct 04, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, dont-like, audiobook, usa
This book is the biggest waste of time ever!

I'm sorry to be so savage but it really is such a shit book.

I listened to the audiobook.

Maybe it was my fault choosing it in the first place but
I would never have guessed how cheesy, predictable it was.

Even for a YA book this was just so cringe, how anyone can take this seriously is beyond me.

Just when i thought it couldnt get anymore cringeworthy & ridiculous THAT ENDING.
It was so stupid.

Not only was the storyline & drama so terrible BUT
C.G. Drews
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
(UGH I'M SO MAD my review deleted before it could upload and it was a freakishly great review too.)

Excuse me but THIS BOOK JUST BROKE MY HEART IN THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY. I loved it, I so so loved it. It just had aaall the right things, like delicious food, tons of diversity, adorable tragic damaged cinnamon roll characters, and a bit of bleeding (ALL THE GOOD BOOKS HAVE A BIT O' BLOOD) and did I mention I'm feeling all the things??? BECAUSE I AM. This book definitely won me over omg.

Wow...just wo
⊱ Poppy ⊰
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who want to find their voice.

“Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it really didn't exist.”

I picked The Problem with Forever with quite an expectations. Jennifer L. Armentrout was one of my fav authors. I've read almost every book of her. But yet this book was .. just not for me. If you have read the reviews of this book, you must've noticed everyone saying that this book is not our usual fun and quirky JLA read. Well I agree with them, this book really was an exception bu
Natalie Monroe
2.5 stars

"I couldn't put my finger on the exact moment I'd become a different Mallory. Maybe because it wasn't just a moment but more of a combination of hundreds, even thousands of them.


And it was knowing that I could still be...still be afraid of everything, but not letting that fear stop me from living."

I sighed as I stared at my laptop screen.

Do I really want to do this? I thought, tousling my hair sexily because I am a bookworm and bookworms are secretly hot as fuck once they ditch
Ashwood (애쉬 우드).
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another amazing book by JLA. Really couldn't put it down and I ended up finishing it in half a day. Although this book was different then how she usually writes it was just as epic.

The two main characters, Mallory and Rider were perfectly imperfect and that made them perfect in my eyes. They saved each other when no one else was there for them or even cared. As scared kids Rider was Mallory's rock, her support system, and her protector. She was his silent 'Mouse' who patched him up when he was
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

I don't know what to say. I really really don't. JLA was my absolute favorite author for two years....two years...and now I feel like she's an acquaintance that used to be a best friend from High School-We pass each other in a store and do that awkward hi/hello/ass-out-hug that plagues us when we realize we no longer have anything in common with our dear old friend. I mean, I knew JLA wasn't for me anymore, I knew that. But I had thought I remembered her writing being more...fluid?? I don't know
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
The only contemporary romance I have ever been able to finish.
Honestly, so not surprised.... I mean, is it even possible for me to dislike something written by JLA? I keep waiting for it to happen, but uh NOPE. Def not possible.

Check out my full review here:

Rachel Reads Ravenously
3 stars

This book............ it had the right idea, but the execution just wasn't quite right. JLA is one of my all time favorite authors, many of you know that because I've been screaming about her books since I discovered them. I enjoyed this book, and I love the concept of it. I just didn't like the execution of it.

This is the story of Mallory, a foster kid who doesn't speak much because of PTSD and conditioning from her previous foster home. Four years later and a nice couple have taken he
Lala BooksandLala
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
My video review can be found here:
Amber Robertson
What is 'The Problem with Forever'?
The fact it felt like forever for me to finish this book.

“Words were not the enemy or the monster under my bed, but they held such power over me. They were like the ghost of a loved one, forever haunting me."

The Problem With Forever wasn't a bad book at all, but it wasn't good. Well, that's a lie. It was good for the first 40% - I can say that from the fact I had a smile on my face and couldn't put it down once I started reading it last night until my eyes b
Apr 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: no-just-no

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This is the author everyone seems to rave about, huh? I have so many book friends who love this author and love her other books. But in all honesty, I don’t see the appeal. I found nothing extraordinary about her writing and nothing made it stand out to me. Maybe it’s me. Or maybe this isn’t her best work; maybe this specific book doesn’t reflect her writing abilities. I think (and am HOPING) it’s the latter.

What didn’t work? What I found incredibly annoying was first and foremost the actua
Joshua Gabriel (조수아)
I think that all of us, at the end of the day, just want to be real and want to be loved. —Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Before I begin, I would like to let you know that this essay is going to be less than a holistic review and more like a subjective character analysis. Why? Because honestly, The Problem with Forever doesn't have that much of a plot to evaluate or reminisce about. Still, despite its generally uneventful content, I think that everyone with a beating heart should read this book.

The Prob

 Emotional. Hopeful. Inspiring. 

Growing up in foster care, neglect and abuse are no strangers so Mallory Dodge and Rider Stark. As Six year olds, they were each other’s solaces in a world where they were failed by the adults around them. Years later freedom comes as a result of a particularly harrowing night, but with it, a separation and end to the home they found in one another.

It’s not until four years later, as seniors in high school that they re-enter each other lives. There are some powe
Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
The Problem With Forever was an emotionally haunting and beautiful story. Reading the prologue alone, I knew that I was stepping into a book that would forever be ingrained in my heart. Not only because this was a first for me, since I cried from the prologue. To think about children suffering through that type of physical and emotional abuse hurts me to the core. But that wasn't the only reason why this story will stay with me forever. Mallory and Rider enraptured me with their feelings. I beca ...more
Rebecca Woodward
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
5 Stars!!

Excellent writing, This is my first read from this Author for this genre. I not only fell in love with the cover and the blurb but the storyline is well written. With so many Young Adult coming of age books out I have to say this one is my top five. So many ways I thought the author was going to take us and boom she does something I didn't expect. The heartbreaking scene left me is tears. I know that our children services protection is so overwhelmed that when we read about the lives th
Arabella ~♡AB♡~
★★★ 3.5 Stars ★★★

The Problem with Forever is a story that touches on the lives of two high school seniors who are both products of the foster care system, and who share a bond that is deep and unbreakable.

Mallory Dodge is one of the lucky ones, and after a horrific childhood where the only person who showed her any love was her foster brother, she is now living with caring and understanding adoptive parents. It's been four years since she was ripped away from the boy who used to protect her from
Aj the Ravenous Reader
   “Forever wasn’t pain and grief. 
Forever wasn’t a problem.
Forever was my heartbeat and it was the hope tomorrow
Forever was the glistening silver lining of every
dark cloud, no matter how heavy and thick it was.
Forever was knowing weakness didn’t equate
to an eternity of them”

Life taught me that sometimes you have to protect your heart from beautiful things because when they break or shatter or when I finally look at them up close and find an irreparable damage, it breaks my heart. T
Lara (Bookish_turtle)
This is a story that's going to stick with me for a long time. It was such a beautiful contemporary! My heart was completely shattered from all the feels, but it was totally worth it.

Mallory was a wonderful protagonist. Rider was incredible. Ainsley was the best and I wish all YA novels had a character like her. It was brilliantly cute and adorable, yet also realistic and dealt with some serious issues. It was upfront and honest, but a beautiful read. I would highly recommend.
May 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes to have a light yet meaningful read
Life was like doing this speech. It wasn't necessarily about the end result, but more about trying.

This book is so not the typical Jennifer L. Armentrout style. The Problem with Forever is a story about lessons of life, love, family, and reflection on our society nowadays. I know this may sound very serious and stone-cold cruel, but that's the way it is. We all need to accept and endure it.

The story mainly focuses on Mallory (Mouse), a quiet girl who is deemed as a mute in school because of
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin (UK) Limited and NetGalley.)

“He had been the sole reason I survived the house we’d grown up in.”

This was a YA contemporary romance about two teenagers raised in the foster system.

Mallory was an okay character and she was really lucky to end up with the parents she ended up with. She’d obviously had a pretty rough childhood, and I could see why she tried to keep quiet most of the time, but
Grecia Robles
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
4 Ser Real STARS

Antes de empezar la reseña sólo voy a comentar algo que aprendí y quedé anonada, toda una vida siendo una ignorante y engañada ¿Cómo no me dijeron antes que el puertorriqueño era un idioma? porque al parecer es diferente del español que según aquí puede que sólo se hable en España y entonces yo tampoco hablo español hablo mexicano.

What the Fuck? Jennifer L. Armentrout

Dejando ese punto a un lado. la historia realmente me gustó, es sentimental, triste, dulce y con un poco de dr
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, favorites

Why this book?

Jen (in her Unicorn Bubble)’s review made me want to read it

What I thought

This book will always be in my heart. Mallory and Rider were two characters who were emotionally abused who lost eachother and found one another years later. I listened to the audiobook so listening to Mallory try to talk was hard for me, it was heartbreaking. No girl should be conditioned not to make noise. I loved how Rider was always there for her when they were younger and when the see eachother
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wanted to step in for Mallory so many times and speak up for her, clear things up, right the wrongs. And I LOVED Ryder!! He was classic!! I picked this book because I was drawn to the cover and the the title, I'm so glad I did!! Fantastic book!!
Carmen de la Rosa
Bueno las cosas se pondrán incomodas pero siento que este libro definitivamente no es para mi. Esto sera una opinión impopular, porque la mayoría han puesto este libro sobre las nubes, pero no se que ha pasado, si ha sido porque he tenido muchas expectativas, porque no fue el mejor momento en que lo he leído o porque DEFINITIVAMENTE este libro no ha sido para mí.

Quiero empezar aclarando que nunca había leído a Jennifer L. Armentrout y honestamente esta historia no me causo un buena primera impre
Patricia Bejarano
Si me conocéis, sabéis que Jennifer L. Armentrout es una de mis autoras favoritas, y en cuanto me enteré de que llegaba a España este libro, no pude ser más feliz. Y es que encima he amado cada palabra desde el principio de la historia.
Es un libro donde se tratan temas peliagudos, como el maltrato infantil, el abandono y sus efectos a largo plazo y ¡qué bien lo ha hecho Jennifer! Ha creado a unos personajes redondos, donde podemos ver como sus circunstancias de niños les han afectado en su vida.
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