It’s pretty much a given, at this point, that when Jennifer L. Armentrout releases a book, I’ll love it. With the exception of the thrillers, murder and gore – they are not my cup of tea.
Contemporary young adult is not usually my favourite genre, but in her book The Problem with Forever, I really enjoyed the characters and the storyline. Armentrout has a way of keeping true to teen culture without over-maturing the characters or dumbing them down.
If There’s No Tomorrow Synopsis
Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend, Sebastian, know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be one of opportunities and chances.
Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.
Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian could never forgive her for what happened.
– Official synopsis from Jennifer L Armentrout’s website
Lena is my kind of girl; she loves her some Rhysand and reading. She also loves volleyball, her friends and her best friend who she’s not-so-secretly in love with.
Armentrout has taken a difficult subject and explored it with compassion, wisdom and understanding. The aftermath of an accident that takes four young lives is heartbreaking. Watching Lena try to wade through the guilt is real and tough. She has an amazing family, therapist, friend group and Sebastian – so we know she’ll get there. Watching her shut out her friends and feel like it was all her fault and that she didn’t deserve happiness was something I could well imagine and broke my heart.
The developing relationship between Lena and Sebastian was gorgeous; he seems very mature for an 18 year old guy! There is definite steam while maintaining the YA audience level, and you don’t need all the detail for it to be romantic.
I read this book in a few days and got lost in the plot and the characters. On Goodreads, I gave it four stars. It’s well worth the read, just be prepared to have your heart a bit broken.
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