The Problem with Forever – Published 2016
“A story about friendship, survival and finding your voice
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.” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
I liked that this story shed light on foster care and trauma. The content was pretty heavy at times, especially in the first and last portions of the book.
Rider’s character was pretty intense and well-developed. He seemed like a genuine person, and I enjoyed him as a character and love interest.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
The first portion of this book started strong and I cruised through the first quarter quickly. Then it sat on my Kindle shelf for months when I was in a reading slump. I read a page or two here or there, but it never grasped my attention. I eventually made myself power through and was interested in the final 20 percent of the book, as it got pretty intense quickly.
Mallory, aka “Mouse”, has Selective Mutism and when she does speak, she pauses a lot. I mean a LOT. The … and — were so overused that it was exhausting sometimes. That is not a rip on anyone with Selective Mutism; even her inner dialogue and the dialogue of others was this way, and I just really didn’t enjoy it.
Overall, this book was okay. I think if I hadn’t been in a reading slump I would have liked it more, but some of it felt forced and it read very slowly for the entire middle.