Title: If There’s No Tomorrow
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: September 5th, 2017
Number of Pages: 384
My Rating: ⭐⭐✨ (2.5/5.0)
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I’m actually kind of reluctant to review this book. I read it like a week ago, and I have already forgotten most of it. 🤦 I had to skim the book again just now to retrace my memories of the story and recall what I felt about everything in this book. I’ll just briefly tell you what I like and what I don’t like about the book. 😉
“What does waiting do? None of us are promised a tomorrow. We don’t always get a later.” He kissed my temple again, then pulled back, his eyes finding mine. “I’m done living like we do.”
Basically the story is about Lena Wise, a high school senior student, who’s been in love with her BFF named Sebastian since child. She plays volleyball along with her other two female BFFs. ️🏐 Sebastian is –if I remember correctly– a football player. ️🏈 Both him and Lena are neighbors. 🏠 Lena has yet to confess her feelings towards Sebastian. Also, it takes a pretty long time for Sebastian to realize his true feelings towards Lena. Both are afraid to risk their relationship as best-friends. Until one event leads to another and everything starts to crumble. 💏
I knew I couldn’t go back and start a new beginning. I couldn’t rewrite the middle. All I could do was change tomorrow, as long as I had one.
I’m going to start with the bitter stuff. The fact that I don’t remember anything about the book after only a couple of days is saying something. Everything that happens in the book is relatable. The event which becomes the turning point of the story is also something that we often see in news headlines happen to teenagers Lena’s age. I’m not going to spoil what event I’ve been referring to because Jennifer L. Armentrout was pretty vague in her synopsis too. However, I found that this book lacks originality. There really is nothing new that Jennifer attempted to develop out of the ordinary story line. In addition, the ending although it does give closure to the subject matter it’s still not enough for me. There are still loose ends that I would’ve loved to see their own closure as well. The progress is a little bit slow paced, but I didn’t mind it as much as I thought I would. This book also has similar vibe to Jennifer’s previous young adult contemporary romance book which is The Problem with Forever. Both play big with emotions, such as regret, guilt, and responsibility. The female lead characters are also quite similar although Lena is a little bit better. For me, both also pass with little success. It doesn’t even matter if the books didn’t get published.
I could not wait to get home, shower off the scent of fried chicken tenders and burnt tomato soup, and finish reading the latest drama surrounding Feyre and the fae courts. Then I was moving on to that sexy contemporary read I’d seen people talking about in the Facebook book club I lurked in, something about Royals and hot brothers. Five of them.
What I like about this book is the fact that Lena loves reading. ♥️ This book has a blurb from Sarah J. Maas on the front cover, and inside Jennifer hinted many times at Sarah’s books by pointing out that Lena loves to read fantasy, high lady fae, princes, and courts. I can also relate to Lena’s relationship with her father because I’m having the same trouble as hers. I’m glad that there’s a misunderstanding with them both that they are finally able to clear it out. It became hard to keep liking Lena especially after the event because she’s shutting everyone out. I like Sebastian too because he has this brotherly vibe around him. 😍 Aside from being a good friend, you’d want him to be your brother as well. He’s really protective but not to the point that it will annoy you. I like that he’s not pulling himself away despite what Lena tells him. He’s not being too pushy either. He’s just always there.
All in all, after much debate with myself, I’m giving this book 2.5 stars. Even though what Jennifer did is like pointing out the obvious, I appreciate what she did. It also works as a kind of reminder for us all. I enjoy her fantasy and paranormal reads more compare to her contemporary ones. They are fun and compelling. With her last two young adult contemporary books, it feels like she was trying way to hard that they didn’t quite turn out right in the end.
There you have it, my review for If There’s No Tomorrow. 👏 Some questions before I send myself out: what do you think of the review? have you read the book? if yes, what are your thoughts on it? if no, are you planning to read it? I’d love to hear from you if you don’t mind sharing your opinions. 🙂 Thank you for reading. Good bye for now! 😘