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The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Recommended 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 her post-traumatic childhood experience, and Rider, a seemingly open-minded, extroverted guy who actually bears some unspeakable scars on his stained soul. They are both orphans and adopted by the same family when they're little but under the mask of kindness, they fall victim to domestic violence. Rider protects Mallory at all costs and she learns not to make a noise whenever her adopted father gets mad after drinking.
Rider had said nothing lasted forever, but some things, some scars, ran too deep to ever fade away.

Therefore, she gets used to stay quiet no matter where she is, no matter what she does. It becomes a part of her life and her voice seems like a stranger to her. She loses her confidence, and she can't seem to enjoy the rest of life because the shadow dwelling in her heart is too dark to get away. Thus, when she meets Rider by chance in school, he's the only key to her closed mind. And teaches her how to live her life.
"It's just that I think sometimes you miss what's going on around you, because you're so worried about what others are thinking about you and your choices."


Rider has his own problem as well. He seems like a happy-go-lucky at first, but he's one of the troublemakers (or at least he used to be). There's no denying that there are more or less some problematic teenagers/youngsters around the world; they become drug dealers, trade their lives for contraband, and bargain with demons or the Death. These people never stop existing and I think it's time we faced the reality.
In that moment, I knew I couldn't hold what he used to do against him. Rider...Jayden...so many other people were a product of their environment. Some got out. Others didn't.

I hate to say this, but the biggest disappointment is that the story is too predictable. The plot is simple and the inspiration behind all these is easy to grasp, however, this book doesn't make me wow. It doesn't surprise me at all. For example, it's not that hard to guess from the minute Mallory and Rider meet, their relationship is going to develop into something more than friends. I mean, she's apparently drawn to him and he finds her grow maturely and attractive. Also, both of them are adolescents so overloaded hormones drive them toward each other like two inseparable magnets.
"Understand what?" I whispered. Rider's gaze held mine again. "She understands that if I have to pick between you two, it's not going to be her."

Yikes, cliche alert! This book reminds me of Until Friday Night, which is one of the top disappointing books of mine this year, because of the similar plots. (Quiet girl with broken guy, blah blah blah...)

The only thing interests me is probably the idea of "forever" in the story. I keep looking for signs of forever since the title of the book mentions it but not until the very end of the entire book did I finally get the metaphor. Real life isn't a fantasy, and sometimes even fantasies aren't necessarily fantasies, either. Just like forever, what is forever? Have you thought about the meaning of forever before? It's not just a time period, nor is it some dimensional measurement. This book lets us know that there are actually two kinds of forever. And what lies in between.
The good kind. The bad kind. I'd learned early on that the good kind of forever was, well, it was a lie. That kind of forever literally and figuratively ended in flames, because no matter how tightly you tried to hold on, that kind of forever slipped between the fingers.
The bad kind of forever lingered like a shadow or ghost. No matter what. It stayed, always in the background.

All in all, I may not enjoy the book as much as I do for JLA's other works, I'll still recommend this to those who like to read something light and yet with in-depth meanings between the lines.
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Reading Progress

May 22, 2016 – Started Reading
May 22, 2016 – Shelved
May 22, 2016 –
9.0% "Oh, I wish I could understand more Spanish! ^w^"
May 22, 2016 –
30.0% "Can't believe I'm almost one third through the book. O_o"
May 23, 2016 –
35.0% "I begin to think I won't like this book anymore because it's so similar to Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines, which I absolutely disliked. :/"
May 24, 2016 –
51.0% "When will I get to know what's really going on with Rider? Please let it be quick. I'm losing my patience. :(("
May 25, 2016 –
70.0% "Thank God it's picking up for me finally! Hopefully I'll be able to finish it before this weekend. :D"
May 28, 2016 –
92.0%
May 28, 2016 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Pearl (new)

Pearl Angeli Aw :(( But the cover is beautiful, though. :)


Jasmine Pearl wrote: "Aw :(( But the cover is beautiful, though. :)"

I know right! I'm slighly disappointed after reading this. ><


message 3: by Chara (new) - added it

Chara looking forward to read your full review! :)


Larissa :) [HIATUS] Do you see what I mean now?!? :P


Larissa :) [HIATUS] Although boo that you didn't enjoy it as much too :(


Jasmine Tylla wrote: "looking forward to read your full review! :)"

Aww, thanks, Tylla! :)) I'll try to work on it real soon. :P


message 7: by Jasmine (last edited May 29, 2016 05:34AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Jasmine Larissa :) wrote: "Do you see what I mean now?!? :P"

YEEEEESSSSSS!!!!!!!!! I couldn't connect with the characters, either and their romance was something I think had to do with their history even though they said it didn't. I'm a bit surprised that this is what JLA wrote! The style is too different and it's not what I expected. :O


Larissa :) [HIATUS] ✔Jasmine✔ wrote: "Larissa :) wrote: "Do you see what I mean now?!? :P"

YEEEEESSSSSS!!!!!!!!! I couldn't connect with the characters, either and their romance was something I think had to do with their history even ..."


I know right! Such a shame :(


message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

Can't wait to see your full review, Jasmine! I've seen a few mixed reviews on this one.


message 10: by Candace (new) - added it

Candace Great, honest review, Jasmine! :)


Jasmine Christine wrote: "Can't wait to see your full review, Jasmine! I've seen a few mixed reviews on this one."

Aw, thanks, Christine! Sorry for the super late review and reply but it's up there↑↑↑↑↑! :D


Jasmine Candace wrote: "Great, honest review, Jasmine! :)"

Thanks, Candace! ^^


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Jasmine T wrote: "I love your Goodreads profile picture! I can't wait for Ed's new album, Divide coming March 3, can you?! It's gonna be so great!"

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