Always Forever Maybe by Anica Mrose Rissi

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 there’s a long list of things she won’t tell her, things Jo wouldn’t understand. Because Jo doesn’t see how good Aiden is for Betts. She finds him needy. Possessive. Con...

Details Always Forever Maybe

TitleAlways Forever Maybe
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Fiction

Reviews Always Forever Maybe

  • 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 w...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    2 1/2 stars. This is a book that I have immensely mixed feelings on! I will say I did not hate it. It doesn’t perpetrate anything that actively made me want to 1) vomit and 2) throw the book away! [The bar for abuse books is currently underneath the floor.] Buuuuuuuut I also think this is of slightly low actual quality than both of the other abuse books I have despised recently. And the ending? The ending is a total mess.Let’s discuss. ✔The...
  • 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 t...
  • Anica
    Hi, I wrote this book! I'll use this space to share behind-the-scenes peeks and updates that might be of interest. ALWAYS FOREVER MAYBE started with a few lines and rough character sketches scribbled in my notebook on a train going home to NYC in December of 2010. It took almost six years of writing and revising (and revising some more) for the idea to grow into an entire draft, but a couple of those early sentences that I jotted on the train act...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    Always Forever Maybe is an important and honest look at abusive relationships. Betts meets Aidan at a candy shop and thinks their blossoming romance couldn’t be any sweeter. But their meet cute quickly turns to secrets and lies that Betts is quick to defend. I like that Always Maybe Forever highlighted both domestic and emotional abuse in teen relationships. It’s an important topic that shouldn’t be ignored because it’s hard to talk about...
  • Bee {Quite the Novel Idea}
    Quite The Novel Idea ~ Novel Ink Wow, okay so this was kind of intense. And it had a lot of themes that hit close to home for me. But honestly? I'm a bit underwhelmed because I didn't really connect to the characters like I hoped I would. I have no idea how to write a proper review for this and it's too early anyway since it doesn't come out until May, I will give you a list of things I thought and things you can expect.• The main character has...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    Betts never minds following her best friend Jo’s lead. She knows she can never date her crush Eric, Jo’s twin, but he has a girlfriend anyway. Then Betts meets Aiden. Good looking. Charming. The boy of her dreams. She barely notices when Aiden starts taking pieces of her, convincing her to lie to her parents, pulling her away from Jo. Soon Aiden is all Betts thinks about. So what if he’s a little pushy and controlling. So what, right?ALWAYS...
  • Gillian French
    Always Forever Maybe is a winner from beginning to end: Rissi's prose is obviously the work of a polished, professional writer with a firm grasp of character, dialogue, and suspense building. As a reader, I love it when an author takes me in their capable hand and draws me through the story so smoothly that I'm hardly aware that I'm reading text, not living the story--and that's precisely the feel of ALWAYS FOREVER MAYBE: total immersion.Betts is...
  • 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. A...
  • Colleen
    I received Always Forever Maybe by Anica Mrose Rissi from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not have an impact on my thoughts. My thoughts are my own. Betts meets Aiden in a candy store and their meeting is one of those meet cute scenarios that set the book up to be one of those cute fluffy romances, but it ended up being a little bit darker than I expected it to be since it dealt with emotional and physical abuse. Betts still...
  • Rachel
    I haven’t seen a lot of buzz about this book since its release, but it deserves some praise!I was thoroughly impressed with the author’s ability to write so realistically about toxic relationships. It’s an important topic that isn’t covered very often in YA but happens all too often to teens who are falling in love for the first time. And the friendships in this book are A++!!! The real love and support that’s represented here is soo go...
  • Jeremy
    If you've read the "Anna, Banana" series or "The Teacher's Pet" already, you know that Anica's writing combines humor and thoughtful social commentary in stories that take you by wonderful surprise. Having seen the sweat and energy that she poured into writing this - her first YA title - I know it will be fantastic! I can't wait for the whole world to read it for yourselves. Also worth noting: she's a cool sister :)
  • Maxine Kaplan
    This slim book packs a huge emotional wallop, capturing the complete evolution of an abusive relationship with aching clarity and sharp, sensitive prose. The characters of Betts and Aiden are deeply recognizable and human, and fully realized, richly nuanced supporting characters make for an engrossing, emotional, propulsive read. Quietly beautiful and shining with empathy--not to be missed.
  • mo
    i have very mixed feelings on this. i did love the central friendship, though. review to come.
  • Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
    It's hard to LOVE a book like this because of the subject, but I thought it was really well done. I've been in a relationship with an Aiden, and if anything about this book reminds you of your current boyfriend/girlfriend-- leave. Love is not enough and love is not this.
  • Vicky Who Reads
    3.5 starsOverall, I have positive feelings about this book, and you can read more about why I think it's so important for people to read here. But, I also think that this could have been executed a little better. I think Rissi did a really good job of getting her point across, but I wish there was more subtlety to it. The progression from falling in love to an abusive relationship was really clear, and I wish it was a little less obvious. I know ...
  • 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 f...
  • Elizabeth Tammi
    I tore through this one in just two days. This dialogue-driven, completely whirlwind tale of a romance gone terribly wrong is as gripping as it is important. I love the vivid relationships between the characters--the wondrously warm friendship and the terribly alarming romance are both exquisitely crafted.
  • Erin Downing
    I love this book. Most of all, the dialogue! Dialogue is tough to write well, but this book nails it. I got totally wrapped up in the cast of true, sweet, supportive, sassy friends. But oh, the romance (and what comes with it). Gripping and well done - this book will be so important for many people. Rissi handles this challenging relationship really elegantly and honestly.
  • Dayla
    I received an eGalley via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewTrigger warning: This book contains emotional and physical abuse.Always Forever Maybe by Anica Mrose Rissi was, to be completely honest, really hard to read. It was addicting, but hard to read because of the perspective that we're reading the story from. The protagonist, Bee, is extremely unreliable and if it weren't for some issues with the pacing, the questionable conclusion, t...
  • Emily
    RATING: 3.5/5 starsThank you Tori, Harper Collins, and Epic reads for this arc copy of 'Always Forever Maybe'. Where to begin. The main issue that the book covers is abusive teenage relationships. I think that Anica Mrose Rissi wrote this quite well, especially how there were signs of abusive but nothing was admitted at first. I had hoped that Anica would have stretched out the timeline a bit more to reduce the instalove - the main characters hav...
  • 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 thoughtsAlways 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 personall...
  • 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 kin...
  • Sophia Alexis Books
    ~ 3.5 Stars ~ Trigger Warning:: Abusive relationship~ starts off like a cheesy stereotypical romance featuring the bad boy in a leather jacket riding a motorcycle and the good girl who’s never spontaneous Honestly would still read it if it was just this but hey it came with a toxic twist. ~Could have been executed in a more elaborate and detailed way, however still got the message across . . .kind of. Everything was rushed from the relationship...
  • Lauren
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  • Kristen
    3.5 starsThis 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 suite...
  • Taryn
    A pretty generic book for this genre. Just once I'd like a book where she doesn't end up having some other guy who liked her all along! It's not that easy, and I wish books would include so much more of the process AFTER you leave an abusive relationship - but maybe the book wouldn't sell as well? Who knows.
  • 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.