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

September 13, 2017 contemporary, Jennifer Armentrout, romance, YA 5

about the book

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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GENRE: Contemporary YA Fiction
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Teen
RELEASE DATE: September 5, 2017
PAGES: 384

I should’ve listened to that little voice in my head and that feeling in the pit of my stomach …

If There’s No Tomorrow is a cautionary tale as much as it is a story that will hit you in all the feels. Perhaps it’s a plot that’s been done before, but it’s also a plot that needs to keep being written until its message truly sinks in for teenagers. Without giving spoilers, Lena’s story probably plays out more than we know about, certainly more than we would wish it did. The aftermath of what happens is handled realistically as well as compassionately.

Lena is a heroine I would want to be friends with, were I (please God, no) still in high school. She’s delightfully bookish and she’s in love with her best guy friend who lives next door. I really enjoyed her relationship with Sebastian, especially as it continues to develop during the story. I can’t say much more about that because … spoilers … but I will say that a frantic Sebastian who realizes what he nearly lost is quite heart-clenching.

Bottom Line: Keep a box of tissues close by while reading Armentrout’s latest! In typical angsty-YA fashion, it will slam you in the feels more than once. The nature of the first few pages(will keep you on edge, waiting for the other shoe to drop, as you hold your breath to see how it relates to the plot and the characters. This was my first Jennifer Armentrout novel, but it won’t be my last!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / The feels!

Reviewer’s Note: Readers may want to be aware that there is profanity in this novel and some scenes that get a bit ‘steamy’ (but nothing graphic).

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about the author

# 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 explaining 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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