The Problem with Forever
Jennifer L. Armentrout is the author of so many excellent novels falling into the young adult, new adult and adult categories. Armentrout is the author of the popular Lux series and she is an International and New York Times bestselling author. Many of her books tackle tough subjects like in THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER.
"THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER hits as close to a home run as possible. I rarely ever see the foster system discussed in YA, and I wish it was represented more often."
THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is about characters Mallory and Rider, who were foster once siblings who were separated after a tragic event. This story involves not just foster care and death abuse, but, surprisingly, romance. Mallory and Rider unite in their final year of high school after years of no contact. The result of their reunion is beautiful, messy and full of all the right twists and turns.
Let me begin by stating that Jennifer Armentrout is my favorite author of all time. I have met her three times in person and she is just as awesome as her books! THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER hits as close to a home run as possible. I rarely ever see the foster system discussed in YA, and I wish it was represented more often. It is something that really interests me, and I believe it is a very important issue.
I really loved the emotional depth that this book explored, and it so felt raw and real. I love a good realistic and flawed character, and I definitely got that with this book. I also loved the length of this book, because it allowed for so much emotional development as well as a developing romance. One thing that I didn’t find that realistic was the pacing of the romance, but that wasn’t a huge deal. I think this book definitely exceeded in shining light on the broken foster care system and really makes you reflect on the injustices.
THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is an important book for everyone to read, but it definitely deals with more mature, serious content and is probably best suited for mature teens. I would recommend this book if you are looking for something moving and emotional.
Reviewed by Grace P., Teen Board Member on June 3, 2016