Don’t you love the cover of this book? The book cover, coupled with the book description, made me immediately intrigued. The Problem with Forever follows Mallory’s journey as she is adopted out of foster care after suffering a horrible tragedy. As a method to cope with her PTSD, Mallory no longer speaks and is homeschooled. In an effort to prepare for college and assimilate to being in public, Mallory enrolls in a public high school for her Senior year. Facing her fears and anxiety of being in public, along with the typical high school pressure, Mallory is fighting an uphill battle.
Mallory’s journey takes a turn when she unexpectedly finds herself in class with a boy that has strong ties to her time in foster care. When Mallory reunites with Rider, her childhood protector, things do not go as planned. Jennifer Armentrout weaves a story that is slowly revealed over time. Some would argue that perhaps this book was too slow. I found the story to have major angst potential although, in reality, the angst was very mild. Mallory’s connection with Rider is obviously very strong and one that lasts over time and tragedy that unfolds throughout the novel. However, some parts of the story felt unbelievable to me. Coupled with a few plot holes, if you are looking for a young adult high school based novel with mild angst, The Problem With Forever is a cute read that will do the trick.