Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult,
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“Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it really didn’t exist.”
After 4 years of homeschool, Mallory Dodge is attending her first year of high school. Tired of not being normal and trying to hide from the past, she discovers that the past is sitting in the seat next to her.
“We’ve been separated. But we had never really been apart.”
I have read JLA before with her Wicked and Torn books and I loved her writing style. She completely immerses the reader into the story from beginning to end. told in the first person, Mallory Dodge is a character I could relate to, that I think everyone could relate to. That is part of JLA magic. Her characters feel real.
I am familiar with New Adult books, and I was at first worried. I don’t always expect a HEA. they can go each way, and sometimes I just need a feel-good book. Not one with a really tragic ending, but I hoped JLA hadn’t let me down.
I didn’t want another literary Broken Heart.
“Hoping never really got us anywhere, did it?”
Mallory Dodge was a flawed character, but she was so kind and thoughtful character that I loved her instantly. She was an outsider to everyone in the world except Rider, and for the last four years, she hadn’t known him.
Rider Stark was a character who put Everyone before him. He took risks with his life because he felt he didn’t deserve to have a great life.
“The past never went away and it was not designed to do so.
It would always be there, and it should be acknowledged.”
The past between the two of them was heart-wrenching, and as the pair begin to sort through their emotions and trauma, you get flashbacks. They are all set from Mallory’s point of view and it is often the unseen that makes the most impact.
There are some sad parts of the storyline, but they felt honest and very raw. There was no part of the book that I wanted to skip and I never got bored.
JLA is a talented and beautiful writer, and I thank her for such a beautiful book.
“You’re safe now,” Rider said. “I here. You’re safe, Mouse. And I know you might not believe it, but I’m going to keep you safe forever.” He swallowed and swiped at his lip. “That’s a promise.”
He’s promised he’d be there for me forever.
But I was of the mind that there were two types of forever.
The good kind.
The bad kind.
I’d learned early on that the good kind of forever was,well, it was a lie. That kind of forever literally and figuratively ended in flames, because no matter how tightly you tried to hold on, that kind of forever slipped between the fingers.
The bad kind of forever lingered like a shadow or ghost. No matter what. It stayed, always in the background.”