The Problem with Forever
Summary:When Mallory was a kid, she was bounced from one horrible foster home to another. At thirteen, a terrible accident got her removed from the group home where she was living to a hospital where she met the parents who would adopt her. But when she starts a new school and encounters an old friend from the foster system sparks start to fly.
Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it really didn’t exist.
The Problem with Forever is an emotional and eye-opening book. The story is simple yet powerful, and reminds us that no matter how bad we think we have it, others have suffered worse.
Mallory grew up in an abusive foster home, but managed to escape. She’s spent the last four years with loving adoptive parents, trying to forger the past. But Mallory has decided she wants to stop running from the past, and she decides to try going to a public school.
Mallory’s character is what makes the book shine. It’s heartbreaking to read about all the atrocities she’s endured, but at the same time you can’t help but root for her as she tries to put the past behind her and get a fresh start. Mallory’s character growth is written perfectly and everything about her feels so real.
One of the main points of the story is the romance. On the first day of school, Mallory is reunited with Rider Stark, the boy who was her protector and only solace when she lived in the foster home. Their chemistry is written wonderfully, and it’s fantastic to watch how their relationship grows throughout the story.
Surprisingly, The Problem with Forever doesn’t just involve around the romance. There are great dynamics as well between Mallory and her adoptive parents, as well as between Mallory and her best friend. It’s clear how much they all care for her, and I love how that friendship and family are given such a large place in the story as well.
If I had one minor problem with the The Problem with Forever, it would be that there was some unnecessary high school drama that didn’t add anything to the story. It just felt out of place for a book with such serious and taboo topics as this one.
Anyone who is looking for a heartbreaking story with great character growth should give this a try.