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Always Forever Maybe

When Betts meets Aiden at the candy store where she works, their connection is like a sugar rush to the heart. Betts already knows the two of them are infinite. Inevitable. Destined to become an us.Betts has only ever kept one secret from her best friend, Jo, but suddenly theres a long list of things she wont tell her, things Jo wouldnt understand. Because Jo doesnt see how good Aiden is for Betts. She finds him needy. Possessive. Controlling.Shes wrong. With a love like this, nothing else matters....

Title : Always Forever Maybe
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ISBN : 9780062685285
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages
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Always Forever Maybe Reviews

  • heather

    I am a sucker for any type of book that deals with physical/emotional abuse. Having had a bad relationship in my younger years, I feel that I can relate to the characters in a way that someone whom had never experienced this type of thing would not be able to.

    I really liked Betts and felt that she was really just trying to find herself and had a lot of self esteem issues when Aiden walked into her life. Their relationship in the beginning was kind of "story book" like and it was easy to see the
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  • Janieh Hermann

    Anica Mrose Rissi tackles a tough issue (abuse in teen dating) in her first foray in to young adult literature and she does it with realistic dialogue, a great cast of characters and just the right amount of humor to balance everything out. I started reading this book on a Sunday evening and stayed up way past my bedtime as I needed to read on -- always a good sign. Despite a busy week at work, I managed to find time to finish the book within a few days because I cared about Betts and wanted to ...more

  • Lexi

    Thank you to Tori from The YA Circle, Epic Reads and Harper Collins Aus for an advanced copy!

    Abuse is always a tricky subject to cover but I did enjoy this quick read.

    3 stars because Jo is the friend we all need in our lives.

  • Lauren the Book Slayer

    Heads up: If you can’t handle, or don’t want to read stories with physical, emotional and verbal abuse, don’t pick up this book, because it explores all those things. Also, this book is mature, not just because of the abuse, but also because of the sexual content.

    My thoughts

    Always Forever Maybe wasn’t an easy book to read, because of its dark nature. I’ve never been in a dangerous relationship like Betts, and I’ve also never personally known anyone who has, but I could tell that the author was d
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  • Kristen

    3.5 stars

    This was by no means perfect but it was definitely worth the read. I really liked the friendship between Jo and Betts. The rest was a bit predictable and Aiden was a tad one dimensional but when you look at the book on the whole, there are definitely more positives than negatives. This was a strong YA debut from Anica Mrose Rissi and I look forward to reading more from her in the future. The writing was very realistic and perfectly suited to a YA contemporary novel.

  • Chelsea

    Unfortunately, this is probably one of my least favorite books I’ve read in awhile. I guess that’s what happens when you request random books on Netgalley and Edelweiss without knowing what they are.

    This book follows a teenage girl as she enters her first romantic relationship, which quickly turns abusive. There honestly isn’t much more than that.

    So why did this book not only not work for me, but really bother me?

    Writing style is probably the main issue I had with this. The author seems to typic

    “Cicily and two of her spirit-squad clones stand in their game-day uniforms of matching skirts and matching smirks, assessing me from head to toe.”



    “Lexa was the sweetest thing around. She was like a human kitten, all tiny, wide-eyed, and adorable. If she weren’t my best friend’s twin brother’s girlfriend, I would have had to hate her.”



    “And I wouldn’t ever want her to look at me with the same mix of tolerance and mild disapproval with which I’d seen her eyeing Lexa and the other Lexa-types he’d gone out with before her.”


    Also, some really strange phrasing/writing/attempts at humor:

    “...the monkeys started screaming and pelting him with their poop, so he ran off and left her there, and everyone called him Monkey See, Monkey Doo-doo for like a month.”

    ...

    “Bee.” He considered that with a head tilt. “I like it. It fits. It’s kind of . . . cute but sharp. Like a cupcake with thorns.”
    (this quote KILLS ME)


    Instalove. Some of the worst I’ve seen. Even when the romance hasn’t yet turned abusive, it’s annoying and cheesy. Here’s some examples:

    “I might blurt some awful truth like, this feeling reminds me of Ferris wheels or I could stare at your face until sunrise.” (From the first time she met him)

    ...

    “He lifted his chin. Saw me. Smiled. All of a sudden, it was no longer winter, and a flock of songbirds hatched from my heart and took flight, throwing me completely off guard. Jo pushed me and I walked toward him, feeling the heat of his gaze as I approached.”

    ...

    “In the next instant, the image shifted, and I saw my arms around his shoulders, my face pressing into his neck. His grip firm under my legs, hair falling into his eyes. Both of us laughing and squeezing each other closer. It felt like a premonition, a flash forward into our future. I already knew we were infinite. Inevitable.”


    Homophobia, possibly? I think this was supposed to be a joke:

    ““Whoa.” We kept walking. “Dan is going to freak when he hears his slurping turned you gay.””


    This also has the stupid trope of the person in an abusive relationship needing to find a new romantic interest before they get out of the abusive relationship. Also, both the main character and her new love interest currently are in relationships when they kiss, which completely rubbed me the wrong way.

    So, one of my least favorite books in a long time. I wouldn’t recommend this one at all, it’s exactly the kind of young adult contemporary that I can’t stand. If you’re looking for a good novel about an abusive romantic relationship, the only one I would recommend at this point is It Ends with Us.

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  • Verity (The Cosy Reading Nest)

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC in exhange for an honest review.

    I would find it very hard to say I enjoyed reading this book given the subject matter, however, I can say that it is a very powerful, engaging and important book.

    Always Forever Maybe tracks the relationship between Betts and Aiden, from the first head over heels, love at first sight moment, to the intense puppy dog love stage and beyond into more toxic territory.

    Anica Mrose Rissi charts the rise and fall of this
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  • Alana • thebookishchick

    Thank you HarperTeen for providing an arc of this in exchange for an honest review!

    tw: emotional & physical abuse

    Wow, this was an intense heart-wrenching story about a tough issue that I wish was more addressed in YA contemporaries. Abuse. Whether it be physical or emotional abuse is abuse and something that no one ever deserves but unfortunately it happens more frequently than we ever could imagine. And while this is a very difficult topic to write about I feel that the author, Anica Mrose



    "but this guy - I felt like whatever he wanted me to be, I'd be it. No. Whatever he wanted me to be, that's what I already was."



    "I felt like I should apologize, but for what?"



    "I would love Aiden better, be more careful  not to hurt him, so he'd never again be pushed to hurt me in return. That much was the least I could do."





    You guys, these HURT to read and were equally as painful as the physical abuse parts. My heart broke for Betts that she always thought she did something wrong that would cause Aiden to lash out or become angry and distant from her.  When in reality she did absolutely nothing wrong.

    One thing that I cannot even begin to tell you how much I loved is Betts' best friend Jo. She was open from the very beginning that she was not a fan of Aiden because of how possessive he became and how rude he was on the occasion of them meeting. At first Betts just thought Jo as overreacting and jealous, but as it turns out all of Jo's hunches were right. Once she realized the truth about Betts' relationship she held absolutely nothing back in terms of helping her best friend, she is the absolute best friend we all need. I'm not even kidding.



    "Seriously, try to see it from my perspective for a second. What if it were me? What if you saw someone I love smack me across the face and shake me like he wanted to kill me? Come on, picture it right now, and tell me what you would do."





    There is so much more to this story than all of the above that I've mentioned but I will not spoil anything! There is more to Aiden's abuse than mentioned above too, that was all just the type of the iceberg. There are many other characters woven into this story, which are diverse in terms of race and sexuality. Which is another large plus and something I enjoyed immensely.  There are also lots of other plot twists and a few feel good moments while reading this book too.

    All in all, while this was a difficult book to read due to the topic, I cannot stress how important of a book I think this is. I really, really hope that this book gets the spotlight it deserves, that young readers who are in relationship with qualities similar to this book can read this and notice some of the signs and get help, or that readers of this book who have a friend that may be in a relationship similar to this will speak up, reach out, or get help for their loved ones. It's never too late.

    P.S - If you or someone you know is in a relationship that you believe may be abusive but are unsure of what the signs are please check out this website, it is incredibly resourceful!

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