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?
If you’ve looked at the contents of this blog lately, you’ll know except for rereads I have been on a bit of a dry spell. When trying to chose a book to read this weekend, I wanted something that I could sort of guarantee to myself that I’d enjoy, so I picked up Jennifer L Armentrout’s latest release. With Armentrout, I might not get a great read but I usually will get something that I enjoy. However, I really did not like If There’s No Tomorrow, in fact I would say I outright hated it.
To be fair though, I went back and forth at first of whether or not to give it one or two stars on GoodReads. Ultimately, I decided one star because I didn’t like it AT ALL..
The book focuses on the making one bad choice, but honestly I feel like the MC really didn’t make a bad choice so much as was just stupid. It wasn’t like she could stop the events that happened from happening, and there really wasn’t much she could do.
But God knows, the sanctimonious characters in this book constantly blame the character for not stopping the drunk douche who drove the car in the tree from driving. Literally, like after she woke up. And for that matter they equated her not being able to grab the keys, not having enough common ass sense to get into the car with drunk people, to grown ass grownups providing their teen and his friends with alcohol…I have no fucking words.
So yeah, pretty much this book is about the MC having a guilt trip for the duration of the book. It’s not very good.
It reminded me a lot of a preachy PSA-a bad preachy PSA. Look, I don’t think you have to be too smart to realize that drinking and driving is wrong AND that the idiotic MC should’ve been smart enough not to go in that car. But to be fair, the MC had drank a beer which could’ve affected her judgment(which, leads me to another diatribe how one or two drinks is completely brushed off even though the MC is freaking underage). But for real, this book reminded me of that one episode of Full House (yes, I admit that at one point in my life I did watch that show) where Stephanie and Gia were going to ride with the guys who were on something-but it being Full House they just said they were just drunk-and DJ threw this hissy fit that kept Stephanie from getting in the car, but Gia of course got in and there was a wreck-but she didn’t die because it was Full House and only the un-named dead mother died and….
You get where I’m going here with this.
It’s cheesy. It’s is preachy. And to add crap on to this book, there is some ass kissing to some of Armentrout’s friends by referencing their YA books in her story.
It was sort of cute and original in the Lux series where the character had a blog and pandering wasn’t done by every YA authors in the world. But on this one the pandering is so laughable its not even funny. If you look at anyone who blurbed this book, their book is pretty much referenced in said book.
Not lying about that.
And when I see the ACOTR referenced multiple times especially now after the third book I cringe.
It’s not that I don’t think characters who love to read should be featured, but when it clearly plays no part of the story-like in this case-it just makes me roll my eyes. All I have to say is at least she’s not a Booktuber.
Anyways, the romance that is heavily featured in the blurb was kind of pointless. Yes, Sebastian and Lena do have some decent moments BUT I didn’t really even care about them since the book was mostly focused on guilt.
And yes, Sebastian played a huge role in why Lena got in that car, BUT all of their melodrama was really pointless.
I’ll be blunt about it, I read Armentrout for the cheese in the relationships that she creates. The cheese was here, but the darkness and preachiness of the story made it too much for me to enjoy the book.
Funny, I didn’t have problems with Armentrout’s other books that had darker themes- The Problem With Forever and Don’t Look Back-but this book.
Overall Rating: For me it was a total fail. I think objectively I’d give it a D, I finished it and there are (unfortunately) worse things out there in YA land.