Monday, June 13, 2016

The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“Some secrets go too deep for words.”

“For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she 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 with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that 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 the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces 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.”

I love JLA even though not all of her books are appropriate for high schoolers but thankful this one is. Readers will fall in love with Mallory and root for her to overcome her troubled past in the foster care system. Her biggest shock of her first day of high school is that she is reunited with her former foster “brother” Rider, who was her protector during the dark days they lived with Mr. Henry and Miss Becky. Readers cannot help but keep turning the pages to see how Mallory ended up with her adoptive parents, what happened the night he and Rider were separated and how she begins to blossom in her life.

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