Book Review: If There*s No Tomorrow by NYT Bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout

"I made an art form of looking toward tomorrow instead of focusing on today." (50)

Title:  If There's No Tomorrow
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Release Date:  September 5, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Fiction

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?

"I made an art form of looking toward tomorrow instead of focusing on today." (50)

What a title? If there ever was a title that grabs your attention, If There's No Tomorrow might just be one. Don't you think? If There's No Tomorrow is a story about what could've been, but also what endured and what how to endure. By New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, I dove right into this not sure what to expect. I can tell you that I didn't expect to devour it or love it without waver.

"I've always been a reader and I read a lot. . . to. . . escape life. To delve headfirst into a world that dealt with real-life issues to open my eyes, or a world that was something else, something completely unreal. . . I wanted to experience new things and always, always reach the last page feeling satisfied. . ." (22)
Yes, how could I not love it with lines like that about our main character, Lena. Then there's the "talented, funny, smart, nice" Sebastian.  These characters, their emotional development due to a lost, a tragedy that rock their core, touched deep into our hearts. We understand, we feel and we can easily imagine the heart-wrenching angst that goes through these teenagers' minds. Yes, for a young adult novel, there's a lot of real life issues that goes on, and it needs to be out there. If There's No Tomorrow touched on a topic that needs to be read, because believe it or not, books (even fiction) soothes, teaches and relates our souls. And for impressionable young adults, it's even more important to not sugar coat, but allow authenticity of what life's issues are.

In all, If There's No Tomorrow made a way into my bookish heart with its characters (Sebastian's many heartpounding speeches!), its plot and its subject. Jennifer L. Armentrout have shown this reader how beautiful her writing is and I look forward to many more. 

For my clean readers, please note there are minor language and some intimacy (but not graphic) in this book. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. 

All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications.  Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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