It’s that time of the week again: book review galore. So, I finished reading If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and I have so many thoughts about it.
Synopsis: “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?”
Wow. Yeah, I read the synopsis on the inside of the cover and I went, “Wow, sounds good.” Well, that and I saw that Sarah J. Maas (my queen) has a feature quote on the book cover so that pretty much convinced me to read the story.
Rating – 4.5/5
I really liked this book. The plot flowed nice and patiently, the writing was engaging, and Lena herself is a pretty relatable and likeable character. One minor subplot really bothered me, and it’s the only reason I wouldn’t give this book a 5/5.
I recommend this read for anyone who likes a more somber novel, one that is devastating, moving, and so, so real. It isn’t an overly high school-y sort of book, which I am very thankful for, and there are other novels mentioned in here that made me jump around with joy.
Basically, read it. You’ll find that I generally like what I read, but this book had flaws I couldn’t really deal with at times. I laughed and cried and wanted more, always.
WARNING: EVERYTHING BEYOND THIS POINT CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!
The number one reason I didn’t like parts of this book was Sebastian.
He’s hot, he’s smart, he’s funny, and he’s incredibly good looking (we get it, Lena). I’m kind of sick of the overused perfect + football player + daddy issues trope because I’ve seen it way too many times. Sebastian also doesn’t really change –> static character. He is a relatively good friend to Lena, oblivious to her feelings (wow, what a shocker), and he has a perfect ex. Again, this is so stereotypical, and I kind of despised him from the start.
That isn’t to say I didn’t like him. I mean, I really think she shouldn’t have kept going and going and going about how good looking he was, and how amazing he was, but at the end of the day, this guy is a cliché that still works. He’s still cute. Sweet. Charming.
The only reason I didn’t like him in the beginning was because I felt that if you’re really someone’s best friend forever, especially a friend since childhood, you shouldn’t be doing the things he does unless he really wants to lead her on, which he sort of does. I didn’t like how, after the accident, he suddenly made his move and everything was semi-great. If Sebastian were my friend, honestly, I’d kind of hate him before the accident. He pushed her away, didn’t talk to her much, ran away from the issue, and didn’t confront her about his feelings the way he totally could’ve because they’re best friends.
He also stayed with Skylar even when he finally figured out that he was in love with Lena. Well, he says he found out the second she said something snarky to her father, so why didn’t he make a move beforehand? I guess he only realized what he had after he almost lost her.
I ended up liking him at the end. Sort of. He’s kind of too cute not to like. The perfect high school boyfriend. That title is still being held on to by Peter Kavinsky, though.
Still, of course, they end up together. All cute and reading on the same chair like the cutest couple in the world, and he’s perfect. Too perfect.
When the accident happened, I was like no way. No. Way. WHAT.
I didn’t see that coming. At all. Whatsoever.
I thought Abbi was in the car, as well, and I was going to throw the book away because nO. She can’t lose all of her friends on the same night. And be the only one to survive. Because just nO.
A lot of the novel was introspection, with Lena constantly obsessing over the memories and Sebastian and herself. It wasn’t annoying – it was kind of nice, actually. It made the plot more internal than external, more about the war raging within her rather than the tedious ongoings of the outside world.
I do have to admit that the tent scene at the end was very cute. It was very romantic, and so dreamy that I know it’s probably not going to happen to me, but it made me wish I had a guy like Sebastian to know me well enough in order to prepare a date like that.
The whole subplot with her father had so much potential, but we didn’t get to see much of it come to fruition. I feel like the book could’ve sent a stronger message if we just got a teeeeeeeeny bit more of the suckish dad in the picture.
Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Be sure to comment down below and we can discuss this book even further.