The Problem With Forever

The 2017 RITA Award winning novel for Young Adult Fiction.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a riveting new story about friendship, survival, and finding your voice.

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 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.

Foreign Sales
Czech (Baronet)
Danish (Carlsen)
Dutch (Zomer & Keuning)
French (J’ai Lu)
French, book club (J’ai Lu)
German (cbt)
German audio (Klangarchiekten/Omondi)
Indonesian (PT Elexmedia Komputindo)
Italian (Nord)
Polish (Filia)
Portuguese, Brazil (Record)
Romanian (Epica)
Russian (AST)
Spanish (Urano)
Turkish (Dogan Egmont)

Praise for The Problem With Forever »

  • “Armentrout is consistently stellar, but this book blew me away, completely. Gripping from page one, I — quite literally — couldn’t put it down until I’d reached the end, and when I did, Iwanted to be able to start all over again for the first time.”

    New York Times Bestselling Authors Christina Lauren

  • “We fall in first love with Armentrout’s characters, she leads us to the front porch and we await our kiss and everything that comes after…we are left breathless and a little haunted and wanting more.”

    New York Times Bestselling Author Danielle Paige

  • “Heartbreakingly real — a remarkable novel about the power of first love and the courage it takes to face your fears. I carried the book everywhere until I finished it, but I’ll carry the story with me forever. Jennifer L. Armentrout truly blew me away.”

    Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times Bestselling Coauthor

  • “An achingly real masterpiece from Jennifer L. Armentrout. Heart wrenching, heart warming, heart everything.”

    Wendy Higgins, New York Times Bestselling Author

  • “The intensity between Mouse and Rider is palpably sizzling… romance aficionados [will] lose themselves in Mouse and Rider’s smoldering glances and steamy kisses.”


  • “Armentrout’s effort to gradually coax her protagonist from her shell via a supportive, loving community succeeds, and readers looking for an inspirational comeback story will find Mallory’s to be satisfying and hopeful.”


  • “It has been a couple of decades since YA was my main reading genre, and I was thrilled to become reacquainted with it through The Problem with Forever. Jennifer Armentrout reached straight into my teenage past – it will be a pleasure to recommend this book to my YA customers.”

    Mary O’Malley, Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, IL

  • 2017 RITA Award Winner for Young Adult Fiction

Series Reading Order

All Adult Standalones

All Young Adult Standalones

All Anthologies

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