Review: If there’s no tomorrow – J. L. Armentrout

s y n o p s i s

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 her and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

 

f i r s t  s e n t e n c e s

I couldn’t move, and everything hurt – my skin felt stretched too tight, muscles burned like they’d been lit on fire, and my bones ached deep into the marrow.

m y  o p i n i o n

91HYCRYrsgLIf there’s no tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout has been one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. She is my queen as a lot of you might know.

Let me tell you: This book will wreck you. I expected it to wreck me but when it happened I was as unprepared as I could be and just couldn’t believe it. I remember thinking “Wait. No. That can’t be. Stop it” and I really needed a little time to process what happened. After that process I fell apart. I cried. A lot.

One thing I love the most about Jennifer L. Armentrout’s writings is that she always creates incredible characters. As you might know, I love Daemon and Katy from the Obsidian series and also Mallory and Rider from The Problem With Forever. Every time I can relate so freakin good to the characters which makes it way easier to dive into the story and forget yourself in it.

Same thing happened here. As soon as Lena mentioned she loves to read it was like booooom, yes, thank you, i am going to be your best friend and you can’t do anything against it. Lena is a normal girl, in love with her best friends. It was so good, so fresh. I like it, when the main characters do not always have to be the most smartest, most adventures, most bravest girls on earth. Normal girls write the real stories and you can relate to them so much better, in my opinion.

And I lived.

I loved.

And it was okay, more than okay.

It was beautiful.

It was living.

I understood Lena in every way. In the Yesterday part, in the Today part and in the Tomorrow part. I felt the same sadness, the same anger, the same guilt, the same fear as she did and I felt good about going through the process with her. The process she made was visible, maybe not for herself but for the reader, which I really liked. At some points I just wanted to take the guilt from her and tell her that it wasn’t her fault and sometimes it even annoyed me how guilty she felt and how she was just concentrated on herself but I realized that this is how you feel. How everyone of us would feel.

What would I have done differently that night if I’d known there was no tomorrow? Everything. I would’ve done everything differently.

Because of Lena we also get to know her best friend. Sebastian. And holy guacamole this guy. I don’t even know where to start. Jennifer L. Armentrout is among other things the book writer queen for me because of her incredible skills of creating male characters. Book boyfriends. The kind of boys you fall in love with right away and wish to have the ability to rib them out of the pages and claim them your own.

Waiting is too risky. There’s no bad time to tell someone you love them.

Sebastian was that kind of a boy. He was caring. He was lovely and honest and sweet. He showed emotions and that made him real. Seeing him suffer made me wanna cry as much as seeing him interacting with Lena. He was always there for her. Always at her side, always a listener, an encourager and never ever judged her. He may sound too perfect. Maybe he is but he felt like a real person even though his rough edges weren’t visible. I believe he has them because everybody does but in some situations you can’t see them because those people try to be the best version of themselves for you to make you feel better, to protect you. And I believe that’s what Sebastian did for Lena.

What does waiting do? None of us are promised a tomorrow (…) We don’t always get a later. I’m done living like we do.

The amazing thing about If there’s no tomorrow is, that everyone can relate to the story. In their own ways. Some might know the situation Lena finds herself in, some might feel like Sebastian or Lena’s friends Dary and Abbie or her mother and sister. And if not, that’s okay as well but I think what this book does to all of us is open our eyes. It will remind you how important it is to try to make good decisions. That you have to live in the moment, enjoy your life and don’t postpone important things until tomorrow.

It’s a nice sentiment, though, isn’t it? Living life saying tomorrow will be better whenever something bad happens. Whenever we’re filled with disappointment. But tomorrow isn’t always guaranteed.

For me, especially, the book made me asked myself if I would be happy about me and my life when there wouldn’t be a tomorrow. I know my answer and I’ll try to change things and I’ll try to be more happier.

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.

Always remember: It’s a good life, Hazel Grace.

s u m m a r y

I think you can take a lot out of this book. A lot of lessons. A lot of emotions. A lot of thoughts. But I think one thing which might not be as obvious as the lessons and the emotions is that you’ll never be alone. You’ll always have people by your side who love you. Who might be disappointed but who still love you more than everything. Keep that in mind. You’re never going to be alone.

And now, go and start reading If there’s no tomorrow.

m y  r a t i n g:  4/5 ★

 

Find all details about If there’s no tomorrow on Goodreads and Amazon .

xo Franziska

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