Book Review: If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer Armentrout 4

If There’s No Tomorrow

by Jennifer Armentrout

 
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Hardcover: 384 pages

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

 

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 epic—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 might never forgive her for what happened.
For what she let happen.
With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when she and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?
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My Rating:

 

 

Favorite Quotes:

 

I’d spent the last million years harboring a rabid case of bitter jealousy when it came to Skylar. But the worst part was that she was genuinely sweet, which made hating her a crime against humanity, puppies and rainbows.

 

I might seriously hit you, and since you weigh, like, eighty pounds wet and I have about a hundred on you, I’m going to snap you like a KitKat bar.

 

Yeah, he’s hot, but he’s also the school bike and everyone has had a ride…

 

Wait, why am I explaining different kisses to you two? No one in this room is a member of the hymen parade. You know the different types of kissing.

 

The home was on a massive farm, and it was the kind of house no one needed unless they were polygamists and had fifty children.

 

Time… time slowed down and moved too fast, all at once.

 

My Review:

 

I rarely (never) read YA but I have been hearing rave remarks and accolades about the marvelous stories and talent of the scribe known as Jennifer Armentrout for ages so I wanted to see what the fuss was all about; I hope the devil has thermal underwear as a freeze may be coming his way, I loved this exceptionally well-crafted book and couldn’t put it down.   Yes, there was eye rolling, typically teenaged angst, family tensions, problems with parents, girlfriend spats, boyfriend drama, the debates about whether they “really, really like” someone, and only toes curling kisses to rate on the steam-ometer. But the storyline was unexpectedly poignant and deep and delved into the heavier issues of the aftermath of trauma, survivor’s guilt, grief, shame, depression, and cowardice.

 

Despite a large number of characters to keep straight, the writing was easy to follow, insightful, emotive, highly observant, and descriptive. Ms. Armentrout’s deftly written and clever arrangements of words pulled me right into Lena’s world and frequently stung my eyes, squeezed my heart, and tensed my frame. The storyline was written from the single POV of an uptight and emotionally stunted and buttoned-up seventeen-year-old girl who was the only survivor of a drunk-driver/single-car accident that critically injured four of her friends. As the only sober passenger, Lena felt responsible yet she was not making an effort to handle her all-consuming guilt, as her typical response to any conflict or emotional situation had always been to repress, deny, withdraw, and/or flee. Kudos to Ms. Armentrout for portraying the difficult issues and counseling process needed for individuals of all ages but particularly the vulnerable teen in dealing with the finality of death and poor decisions.   I was provided a review copy of this thoughtfully written book by TLC Book Tours.

About Jennifer Armentrout

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia.  When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She shares her home with her husband, his K-9 partner named Diesel and her hyper Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent her time writing short stories. Therefore explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes Young Adult Contemporary, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal and Romance. She writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J.Lynn.
She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press) the Lux Series (Entangled Teen) and the upcoming YA Don’t Look Back (2014) and untitled YA (Fall 2014) from Disney/Hyperion. She is also published with Harlequin Teen and HarperCollins.

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4 thoughts on “Book Review: If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer Armentrout

  1. Reply Gemma Jackson Oct 5,2017 8:12 am

    I’ve never read anything by Jennifer L. Armentrout but I’ve always heard rave reviews too. I do think these types of books, what I call intense contempories so I may just check this one out.
    Gemma @ http://www.gemmasbooknook.blogspot.com

  2. Reply R A I N Oct 5,2017 8:12 am

    I am not a regular YA reader either but this does sound interesting.

  3. Reply Whispering Stories Oct 5,2017 11:40 pm

    I’ve not read anything by Jennifer since her Obsidian series, which I loved. Does sound interesting this book, might have to add it to my TBR list.

  4. Reply Heather J. @ TLC Oct 6,2017 6:31 am

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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