While Jennifer Armentrout’s paranormals are not for me, I’ve always had good luck with her contemporaries. Will this story of a day that changes everything be hit or miss for me? Read my review of If There’s No Tomorrow below.
Published on September 5, 2017 by Harlequin Teen
Synopsis from Goodreads: Lena Wise always looks forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, finish college applications and 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 her and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?
My Review of If There’s No Tomorrow:
First off, I buddy read this with Katherine at Paperback Dreamer. Thanks to her for inviting me to do a buddy read! I really enjoyed our discussions! These thoughts represent my opinion.
If There’s No Tomorrow is a book with a lot of suspense and a lot of heart. However, I ended up feeling that it was comprised of elements that didn’t necessarily belong together. As the story begins, Lena is crushing on her best friend Sebastian, who just broke up with his gorgeous, popular girlfriend. So at first I thought this would be a best-friends-to-more kind of story.
But the book also had a prologue about Lena in the hospital, which worried me. I’ve read a bunch of accident + amnesia stories this year and wasn’t all that excited to read another one.
Without spoilers, I will just say that I thought the romance in this story felt at odds with the main part of the story, which was a guilt/grief story. Again, without spoilers, I felt that the inclusion of amnesia was a teaser that promised something that never materialized. I was sure that there was some kind of huge twist coming. There wasn’t.
I liked each individual element on its own: the romance, the guilt part of the story, the moving grief part of the story. But I didn’t think they always worked as a cohesive whole.
Have you read this or do you have other Jennifer Armentrout books to recommend?