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.
The Problem with Forever just goes to show that just because someone is quite doesn't mean nothings going through their mind. Mallory has been conditioned by a tragic past to stay quite. However her mind is always thinking. She is always thinking about what to say in conversations. She was adopted by some awesome doctors and is finally going to public school for the first time. Given her bumpy past and her inability to really have conversations she is very nervous. I can't imagine after the kind of life she has had walking into high school. She handles it pretty well. She even took speech class which...may not go well. What she never prepared herself for was Rider. The boy from her past. The boy that knows what happened to her. The boy she never thought she would see again. So add that on to your first day of school and you get a pretty traumatic day. Mallory is a brave girl but, will Rider cause her recovery to regress?
What is a girl to do when the boy who knows your secrets, the reasons why you are the way you are is sitting next to you in class? I'd run but, after the shock of seeing Rider (and his girlfriend), Mallory reconnects with him. Who would have thought she could have a friend like that on day 1. These two have a lot to catch up on. Rider hasn't had the kind of life that Mallory got after their terrible foster home. They are different people now. Yet, so much the same. They quickly become close again and Mallory finally feels at home. They hash out a lot of important stuff. They also start to realize they kind of have new feelings. Feelings that are more then friends and protector.
This was a very interesting book. You get to see how the dynamic between Rider and Mallory has changed and how it has stayed the same after so many years. How drastically different peoples lives can be in the foster care system. Humanity can be so cruel and so amazing at the same time. I loved Mallory's story, even though it was heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. Jennifer Armentrout never lets me down!