When I finished Kite Runner it was time for a book swap. Usually, the options at hostels are in different languages or ancient, but one book caught my eye during my stay at the YHA on the Rocks when I returned from New Zealand. They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but that was exactly what I did because this cover was so pretty and the options were sparse. The lucky book was The Problem With Forever by Jennifer Armentrout.
Maybe I’ve been living under a rock…or more likely just out of the teen fiction world, but admittedly I hadn’t heard of Jennifer Armentrout. I brought the book with me to the pool and the friend I was with was so excited seeing the author’s name (and yes I did pass along the book to her when I finished).
This book touched upon important topics, such as the foster care system in the US, abuse, love, friendship, and personal growth. It was incredibly deep and touching. Normally, a book I wouldn’t read, but I’m glad that I did. Armentrout did a sensational job describing the main character’s psyche and struggles that you easily empathized with her.
It was an easy read, but with the sensitive topics not necessarily a light read. Anybody can easily read this book to change their perspectives and see into a world that exists in the background of daily life with in the United States. I see a big benefit in high schoolers reading this to understand that their classmates are going through more than they can imagine and everyone has a story. It’s a deeply touching eye opening book that I recommend to anyone.
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 year at a public high school. But she never imagined she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.
It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet soon it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants and the truths that need to be heard.