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Always Forever Maybe

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  997 ratings  ·  212 reviews
When Betts meets Aiden at the candy store where she works, their connection is like a sugar rush to the heart. Betts already knows the two of them are infinite. Inevitable. Destined to become an us.

Betts has only ever kept one secret from her best friend, Jo, but suddenly there’s a long list of things she won’t tell her, things Jo wouldn’t understand. Because Jo doesn’t se
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by HarperCollins/HarperTeen
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alana ♡
Thank you HarperTeen for providing an arc of this in exchange for an honest review!

tw: emotional & physical abuse

Wow, this was an intense heart-wrenching story about a tough issue that I wish was more addressed in YA contemporaries. Abuse. Whether it be physical or emotional abuse is abuse and something that no one ever deserves but unfortunately it happens more frequently than we ever could imagine. And while this is a very difficult topic to write about I feel that the author, Anica Mrose Ris
Elle (ellexamines)
2 1/2 stars. This is a book that I have immensely mixed feelings on! I will say I did not hate it. It doesn’t perpetrate anything that actively made me want to 1) vomit and 2) throw the book away! [The bar for abuse books is currently underneath the floor.] Buuuuuuuut I also think this is of slightly low actual quality than both of the other abuse books I have despised recently. And the ending? The ending is a total mess.

Let’s discuss.

✔️The transition to abuse is done really well. There’s a ver
Dec 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
Unfortunately, this is probably one of my least favorite books I’ve read in awhile. I guess that’s what happens when you request random books on Netgalley and Edelweiss without knowing what they are.

This book follows a teenage girl as she enters her first romantic relationship, which quickly turns abusive. There honestly isn’t much more than that.

So why did this book not only not work for me, but really bother me?

Writing style is probably the main issue I had with this. The author seems to typic
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi, I wrote this book! I'll use this space to share behind-the-scenes peeks and updates that might be of interest. ALWAYS FOREVER MAYBE started with a few lines and rough character sketches scribbled in my notebook on a train going home to NYC in December of 2010. It took almost six years of writing and revising (and revising some more) for the idea to grow into an entire draft, but a couple of those early sentences that I jotted on the train actually made it into the final book, including the o ...more
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
Always Forever Maybe is an important and honest look at abusive relationships. Betts meets Aidan at a candy shop and thinks their blossoming romance couldn’t be any sweeter. But their meet cute quickly turns to secrets and lies that Betts is quick to defend.

I like that Always Maybe Forever highlighted both domestic and emotional abuse in teen relationships. It’s an important topic that shouldn’t be ignored because it’s hard to talk about. You could clearly see the warning signs in Aidan’s behav
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr-2018
It's hard to love a book like this-- the relationship in this book is so hard to read about. BUT yet, this is a book I loved anyway.

Betts meets Aiden and he's everything she's been wishing for. He's sexy and super-interested in her-- and who doesn't like a guy on a motorcycle?? But Aiden is damaged, and soon Betts finds herself tip-toeing around his moods and his jealousy. He wants to be with her all the time, which at first she finds adorable, but it soon it becomes obvious that it's not LOVE t
Quite The Novel Idea ~ Novel Ink

Wow, okay so this was kind of intense. And it had a lot of themes that hit close to home for me. But honestly? I'm a bit underwhelmed because I didn't really connect to the characters like I hoped I would. I have no idea how to write a proper review for this and it's too early anyway since it doesn't come out until May, I will give you a list of things I thought and things you can expect.

• The main character has the same nickname as me, which is Bee, so points fo
Gillian French
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Always Forever Maybe is a winner from beginning to end: Rissi's prose is obviously the work of a polished, professional writer with a firm grasp of character, dialogue, and suspense building. As a reader, I love it when an author takes me in their capable hand and draws me through the story so smoothly that I'm hardly aware that I'm reading text, not living the story--and that's precisely the feel of ALWAYS FOREVER MAYBE: total immersion.
Betts is a likeable, funny protagonist, full of believable
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
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Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don't know how can I rate this book. IT's raw and honest, but hard-hitting. I don't have an intention of re-reading it. I don't hate it, just feel uncomfortable with it. I'm scared with how Aden controls Betts' life. Maybe because I've never been in a relationship similar to the one they have in the book. She has to walk on eggshells most of the time she's with him. She finds herself putting distance between her and her friends. She keeps lying to others and endure all of those terrible things ...more
Josefine May
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
2nd read (OCT 2019): Listened to the whole book today and wow. It is still so powerful and real and amazing!

1st read (JAN 2019): This book. Ooohh my God, it was both amazing and heartbreaking. A very strong debut YA-novel, that I really can recommend!

The portrayal of an abusive relationship felt so real. The things Aiden would say and do reminds me of what is portrayed as "romantic" in so many other romance books, but this is the first and only time I've agreed with it being in the book because
Camilla (Fabulouslybooks)
1. Read: 2019
2. Read: 2020. I didn’t love it as much as the first time but I still enjoyed it.
Verity (The Cosy Reading Nest)
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC in exhange for an honest review.

I would find it very hard to say I enjoyed reading this book given the subject matter, however, I can say that it is a very powerful, engaging and important book.

Always Forever Maybe tracks the relationship between Betts and Aiden, from the first head over heels, love at first sight moment, to the intense puppy dog love stage and beyond into more toxic territory.

Anica Mrose Rissi charts the rise and fall of this
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I haven’t seen a lot of buzz about this book since its release, but it deserves some praise!
I was thoroughly impressed with the author’s ability to write so realistically about toxic relationships. It’s an important topic that isn’t covered very often in YA but happens all too often to teens who are falling in love for the first time. And the friendships in this book are A++!!! The real love and support that’s represented here is soo good and something that people should take example of. Loved t
It's refreshing to read a tightly-written YA novel that feels like Real Teen problems, and this is one of them. It's a story about a girl named Betts (her nickname) and the quick and fast relationship she falls into with Aiden. Everything seems perfect at first, but then it becomes clear he's manipulative and possessive; it's emotional abuse that, eventually, does turn a bit physical.

At the heart of the story, though, is Betts's relationship with her best friend Jo. Jo who she suddenly finds he
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you've read the "Anna, Banana" series or "The Teacher's Pet" already, you know that Anica's writing combines humor and thoughtful social commentary in stories that take you by wonderful surprise. Having seen the sweat and energy that she poured into writing this - her first YA title - I know it will be fantastic! I can't wait for the whole world to read it for yourselves. Also worth noting: she's a cool sister :) ...more
Maxine Kaplan
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This slim book packs a huge emotional wallop, capturing the complete evolution of an abusive relationship with aching clarity and sharp, sensitive prose. The characters of Betts and Aiden are deeply recognizable and human, and fully realized, richly nuanced supporting characters make for an engrossing, emotional, propulsive read. Quietly beautiful and shining with empathy--not to be missed.
i have very mixed feelings on this. i did love the central friendship, though. review to come.
Vicky Again
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Overall, I have positive feelings about this book, and you can read more about why I think it's so important for people to read here.

But, I also think that this could have been executed a little better. I think Rissi did a really good job of getting her point across, but I wish there was more subtlety to it.

The progression from falling in love to an abusive relationship was really clear, and I wish it was a little less obvious. I know for some readers, this is definitely something tha
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-debuts
Given how much I've enjoyed the books Anica has edited, I was excited to read a book written by her, and as it turns out, I had every right to be excited, as Always Forever Maybe blew me away. It was raw and heartbreaking, and while it was hard at times to keep reading - to keep watching Betts let Aiden walk all over her, to see Betts drift further and further away from her friends - I couldn't look away. I wanted to know - no I needed to know - what would happen to Betts. Would she be okay? Wou ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, arcs
RATING: 3.5/5 stars

Thank you Tori, Harper Collins, and Epic reads for this arc copy of 'Always Forever Maybe'.

Where to begin. The main issue that the book covers is abusive teenage relationships. I think that Anica Mrose Rissi wrote this quite well, especially how there were signs of abusive but nothing was admitted at first. I had hoped that Anica would have stretched out the timeline a bit more to reduce the instalove - the main characters have fallen in love within two weeks of meeting (whic
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Anica Mrose Rissi tackles a tough issue (abuse in teen dating) in her first foray in to young adult literature and she does it with realistic dialogue, a great cast of characters and just the right amount of humor to balance everything out. I started reading this book on a Sunday evening and stayed up way past my bedtime as I needed to read on -- always a good sign. Despite a busy week at work, I managed to find time to finish the book within a few days because I cared about Betts and wanted to ...more
Kit Frick
Feb 15, 2018 added it
Shelves: ya-lit
Gripping and powerful, heart-wrenching and brutal, Anica Mrose Rissi's YA debut is a raw and resonant look at the swift downslide from intoxicating to toxic in a teen relationship where emotional manipulation and physical and emotional abuse are the smoke and mirrors masquerading as "love." A necessary exploration of a controlling, abusive relationship--but also of resilient, fierce friendship, and ultimately hope. ...more
Elizabeth Tammi
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I tore through this one in just two days. This dialogue-driven, completely whirlwind tale of a romance gone terribly wrong is as gripping as it is important. I love the vivid relationships between the characters--the wondrously warm friendship and the terribly alarming romance are both exquisitely crafted.
Erin Downing
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Most of all, the dialogue! Dialogue is tough to write well, but this book nails it. I got totally wrapped up in the cast of true, sweet, supportive, sassy friends.

But oh, the romance (and what comes with it). Gripping and well done - this book will be so important for many people. Rissi handles this challenging relationship really elegantly and honestly.
I received an eGalley via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

Trigger warning: This book contains emotional and physical abuse.

Always Forever Maybe by Anica Mrose Rissi was, to be completely honest, really hard to read. It was addicting, but hard to read because of the perspective that we're reading the story from. The protagonist, Bee, is extremely unreliable and if it weren't for some issues with the pacing, the questionable conclusion, the short length of this book, and how everything t
Lauren the Book Slayer
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Heads up: If you can’t handle, or don’t want to read stories with physical, emotional and verbal abuse, don’t pick up this book, because it explores all those things. Also, this book is mature, not just because of the abuse, but also because of the sexual content.

My thoughts
Always Forever Maybe wasn’t an easy book to read, because of its dark nature. I’ve never been in a dangerous relationship like Betts, and I’ve also never personally known anyone who has, but I could tell that the author was d
heather - NightlyReading
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am a sucker for any type of book that deals with physical/emotional abuse. Having had a bad relationship in my younger years, I feel that I can relate to the characters in a way that someone whom had never experienced this type of thing would not be able to.

I really liked Betts and felt that she was really just trying to find herself and had a lot of self esteem issues when Aiden walked into her life. Their relationship in the beginning was kind of "story book" like and it was easy to see the
Sophia Alexis Books
~ 3.5 Stars
~ Trigger Warning:: Abusive relationship

~ starts off like a cheesy stereotypical romance featuring the bad boy in a leather jacket riding a motorcycle and the good girl who’s never spontaneous Honestly would still read it if it was just this but hey it came with a toxic twist.

~Could have been executed in a more elaborate and detailed way, however still got the message across . . .kind of. Everything was rushed from the relationship to self-dwindling aspects to the outcome. If slowe
Saruuh Kelsey
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This book is so incredibly well written that, along with the main character, I slowly fell in love with a boy (who I knew, from the blurb, would turn out to be a wrong 'un.) The sense that their relationship might not be perfect is slowly introduced in a way that feels so genuine, and the whole book is incredibly visceral. I love the friendships, the little hope at a happy ending, and I especially love how the messy love is written - the love where you know your boyfriend is wrong, and
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Writer, storyteller, editrix. Author of the Anna, Banana chapter-book series; the picture books Watch Out for Wolf!, The Teacher's Pet, and Love, Sophia on the Moon; the middle-grade collection Hide and Don't Seek: And Other Very Scary Stories; and the YA novels Always Forever Maybe and Nobody Knows but You. Fan of dogs and ice cream.

Anica Mrose Rissi grew up on an island off the coast of Maine, w

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