Hello friends and happy Saturday! Once again it’s time for another Saturday edition of COTW because I was out essentially all day yesterday and therefore this post was just never going to happen regardless. Maybe I should make this more flexible as an either Friday or Saturday thing. I’ll think about it but right now, it’s time for the final COTW in my theme of the month, Armentrout April. I know I cheated last week but I promise I actually have a single character chosen for this week and I’ve been saving this character for this week. I met them maybe a month ago and not only fell in love but related to them so much that they instantly became one of my favourite JLA characters. I saved them for a reason and you’re about to find out why.

This week’s character is…..

*drum roll*

Mallory Dodge!


For those who don’t know, Mallory Dodge is the main character from Armentrout’s YA contemporary, The Problem With Forever, which is such a fantastic book and I highly recommend it. I cried a lot during this book and Mallory is definitely the biggest reason why. I think it’s important to note how Mallory grew up and everything she went through to become the person she is now. She not only grew up in the foster system but in a pretty abusive foster home too and because of that environment, of not wanting to make any noise or problems for anyone, she was conditioned to think noise is bad and essentially wouldn’t speak. Mallory didn’t have a voice for the longest time and it’s something she’s still trying to find but has worked so unbelievably hard to begin to piece it together. What I really love about Mallory is that even though she knows she struggles with all of these things, she challenges herself so she can overcome her fears and anxieties and even the smallest victory is a huge thing for her and her adoptive parents. I definitely related to Mallory because of her fears and anxieties when it came to speaking to new people and in front of her class but she took so many steps forward in this book and a part of me felt like her victories were also like mine. I think it’s because of how strong I connected with her and it made me feel closer to her in a way. You can see how hard she’s working to be a stronger person and one of my favourite things is that she does it for herself and because of herself instead of doing it for other people or because of other people. I’m proud of her and I love her so much and I love JLA for creating her.


  • She likes to carve soap
  • Her favourite story is The Velveteen Rabbit
  • She’s very quiet but not mute
  • She likes to read
  • Her nickname used to be Mouse, given by Rider
  • She used to be homeschooled
  • She wants to become a social worker and help kids like her and Rider
  • She loves enchiladas
  • Her best friend is Rider Stark


  • “I’m scared of everything. My biggest fear is that I’ll be like this forever.”
  • “It was all about trying, and that was what I would do. I would try.”
  • “There! I did it. I spoke. Take that, everyone! Words were totally my bitch.”
  • “I don’t want to…be like this. I don’t like who I am.”
  • “Because I give up on myself on a daily basis. I know.” [“Mallory…”] It’s true. It’s what I do. I don’t mean to. Or maybe I do. It’s…it’s easier being scared of everything.”
  • “Words were not the enemy or the monster under my bed, but they held such power over me.”
  • “Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it really didn’t exist.”

Until next time,


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