REVIEW: If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
SYNOPSIS: A single choice can change everything.
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?
GENRE: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
RATING: ★★★☆☆/ 3.5 Stars
REVIEW: This book was provided to me from TLC Book Tours and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I've never read a Jennifer L. Armentrout book before (although I've had her books recommended to me by several people), but I thought this was as good a place as any to start! And overall I enjoyed IF THERE'S NO TOMORROW. It was a 3.5 star read, entertaining with some character growth, inner turmoil, and a push and pull love story. Sometime's a good book doesn't need to be more than that because it's exactly what you're looking for.
I really enjoyed the growth of the main character Lena, as well as Sebastian to a certain extent. There is a great difference in the before and after (before and after what I won't tell you because of spoilers), but I thought the author did a great job with illustrating the circumstances on both sides of that line. The created inner turmoil for Lena was fantastic for the most part... more on that in a second.
There were just a few things that kept it from being great, in my opinion. Some were personal nitpicky pet peeves that I won't get into because you don't need those tainting your view before you've read it, especially if it never would have bothered you in the first place. But one thing was a sort of obvious obliviousness. Up to a certain point this works, but when used too often it just makes me squint or roll my eyes at the words and characters. It just doens't seem reasonable that a character can't notice or understand something that seems so obvious, and I'm not talking just about the main characters. There was a lack of understanding from some of the secondary characters that baffled me a bit.
However, this also led to a certain amound of selfishness in the main character, Lena, that did make sense. The inability to see past your own pain, that sort of thing, gave her character some great dimension in the end, some place to work towards that wasn't all about the love story.
Beyond all this, the story also started to get a little long. A lot of the inner turmoil (mostly love it) had been restated so many times that by the last 50 pages I was getting annoyed. I felt that a lot of it could have been thrown out and we wouldn't have lost a thing. Also, that obliviousness I mentioned, it felt like we were going around in circles sometimes for no reason.
Still, I would definitely recommend it most people. I was entertained and the drama was just the sort that I was looking for in a teenage love story. Interesting and real in a way, showing the consequences and fall out from what most consider "just having fun". Add in a love story and I'm sold.
You can read an excerpt from the book HERE!
Review by The Literary Llama