If There’s No Tomorrow
by Jennifer Armentrout
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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.
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.
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