Things I Can't Forget

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"A must read...I couldn't put it down." —Simone Elkeles on Catching Jordan

From the bestselling author of Catching Jordan comes a new teen romance sure to appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen.

SOME RULES WERE MEANT TO BE BROKEN.

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer,...

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Overview

"A must read...I couldn't put it down." —Simone Elkeles on Catching Jordan

From the bestselling author of Catching Jordan comes a new teen romance sure to appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen.

SOME RULES WERE MEANT TO BE BROKEN.

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different...

This summer she's a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He's the first guy she ever kissed, and he's gone from geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt...with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn't that easy...

Praise for Miranda Keaneally:

"Fresh, fearless, and totally romantic."—Sarah Ockler, bestselling author of the Twenty Boy Summer

"Catching Jordan is the romantic comedy I've been waiting for. I loved it!"—Jennifer Echols, author of Such a Rush

"An incredibly well-written, beautiful story that balances romance, drama, and comedy perfectly."—Bookish, on Stealing Parker

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Eighteen-year-old narrator Kate Kelly begins the summer after high school in a state of prolonged moral distress. Although firmly believing premarital sex and abortion to be sins, Kate nevertheless provides financial and practical help when her best friend chooses to end a pregnancy. Guilt plagues Kate, undermining the girls' friendship, and clouding her experience as a summer camp counselor, as she observes her peers' behavior through a lens of judgment and disapproval. A budding romantic interest awakens Kate's awareness of the power of sexual urges, while an unexpected friendship with a fellow churchgoer, whom she had shunned in a time of need, causes Kate to question the moral guidance of her church and examine the "Christian" nature of her own actions. Throughout the novel, Kenneally (Catching Jordan) uses a light touch, addressing teenage pregnancy, sexuality, and alcohol use without being pedantic. Wisdom from Kate's father, "Your truth isn't everybody else's truth," provides unanticipated guidance in this compassionate and nuanced exploration of friendship, love, and maturing religious understanding. Ages 13–up. Agent: Sara Megibow, Nelson Literary Agency. (Mar.)
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"Miranda Kenneally's best book yet. " - Shelf Awareness for Readers

"Like Diane Court in Say Anything, when sheltered, high-achieving junior Kate dives into a social life for the first time, she experiences the conflict and messiness of life at the same time she experiences her first love." - Justine magazine

"Talented Kenneally is unafraid to tackle challenging topics. Her heroine this go-round is a devout Christian struggling with her faith. Kate is an interesting blend of sweet, confused and judgmental, which doesn't always make her likable. However, she's incredibly realistic. A worthy read with a dreamy male lead." - RT Book Reviews

"An up-and-coming young-adult novelist." - The Washington Post

"Kate's sheltered worldview is well-drawn, and the hesitant first steps on her spiritual journey are handled sensitively . . . Kate's growth will keep readers, Christian or otherwise, reading." - Kirkus

"Kenneally's spare, straightforward prose, combined with a heavy dose of romance, makes it an accessible novel that should appeal even to reluctant readers. . .Teenagers will find this coming-of-age story both entertaining and poignant." - School Library Journal

"Throughout the novel, Kenneally uses a light touch, addressing teenage pregnancy, sexuality, and alcohol use without being pedantic. Wisdom from Kate's father, "Your truth isn't everybody else's truth," provides unanticipated guidance in this compassionate and nuanced exploration of friendship, love, and maturing religious understanding." - Publishers Weekly

"Simply put, if you love contemporary YA romance that has a mix serious issues, drama and steamy scenes then you are going to devour Things I Can't Forget. It is a great addition to the Hundred Oaks series." - Michelle and Leslie's Book Picks

"Kenneally's books have quickly become must—reads," - VOYA

VOYA - Jennifer Rummel
Kate is questioning her life and the role of God in it. Ever since she helped her best friend, Emily, get an abortion, she is not sure what to believe. She feels so guilty and so disconnected from the world. She and Emily were supposed to be camp counselors together, but now she is going alone. Kate is responsible for the arts and crafts tent. She is surprised to find she knows some of the other counselors—Parker, Will, and Jordan from her school, and Matt from her own camping days. Matt has changed, and Kate finds herself drawn to him. She never expected her attraction to make her feel so reckless and happy. Kate is a complex character. On one hand, she believes that her actions are wrong, yet has a hard time stopping herself from those actions. Her inner struggle is fascinating as she starts questioning the world around her more and more. She realizes that life is layered, and what she previously thought was a black-and-white situation might not be the case at all. Kate also struggles through the meaning of friendship by analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of her own actions. These moments blend perfectly with the summer at camp, her new friendships, and the romance with Matt. Kenneally's books have quickly become must—reads. Reviewer: Jennifer Rummel
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Though devoutly religious, Kate recently compromised her deeply held beliefs to help her best friend, Emily, obtain an abortion-a decision that has strained the girls' friendship and sent Kate reeling. When the teen becomes a camp counselor the summer before starting college, she questions her identity even further. Romance blossoms between Kate and a fellow counselor, Matt, and she befriends Parker, a girl whom Kate used to look down upon for her wild and promiscuous lifestyle. Subsequently, she begins to reevaluate her judgmental attitudes. Though it's primarily her relationships with others that result in Kate's growth from an uptight, narrow-minded wallflower to a self-assured young woman, characterization is sketchy, and characters are largely one-note (the gorgeous, confident love interest; her lost and confused best friend; her strict, unsympathetic boss). Still, Kenneally's spare, straightforward prose, combined with a heavy dose of romance, makes it an accessible novel that should appeal even to reluctant readers. Kate's habit of questions to herself as she encounters conflicts ("But what if I would rather have a relationship with God than friendships with people who don't believe in him like I do?") imbues her with an uncertainty that will resonate with teens. Adolescents will also relate to her simultaneous feelings of longing and guilt as she copes with her burgeoning sexuality. Despite the flaws, teenagers will find this coming-of-age story both entertaining and poignant.—Mahnaz Dar, Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
A struggle for self-identity forms the core of this crowded novel, the latest entry in Kenneally's Hundred Oaks series. Kate is spending her summer working as a counselor at a church-run camp. She's still reeling from her decision to help her best friend Emily get an abortion and hopes that in the mountains of Tennessee, she will get a sign that God forgives her. With a camp director who singles her out unfairly, counselors who don't act very Christian in Kate's judgmental opinion and the end of her friendship with Emily, there's only one thing that's going right: Kate's blossoming relationship with Matt, the boy who gave Kate her first kiss years ago at camp. Matt is charming, sweet and clearly crazy about her. But the way Matt makes Kate feel contradicts everything she's learned in church. If Kate wants to have friends and love, she'll have to decide what she believes. Kate's sheltered worldview is well-drawn, and the hesitant first steps on her spiritual journey are handled sensitively. There are more characters than necessary, especially with characters from Kenneally's other books making appearances, as well as too many issues, such as abortion, parental abuse and gay relationships, giving the story a kitchen-sink feel. That said, Kate's growth will keep readers, Christian or otherwise, reading. (Fiction. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402271908
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 104,142
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband. Visit www.mirandakenneally.com.
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sketch #323
what happened on april 6

Girls like me do not buy pregnancy tests.

I drag my pencil down the paper, drawing tears rolling from her eyes.

Girls like me sing in the church choir. Every spring break, I go on mission trips to Honduras, where we renovate houses for the underprivileged. I do all my homework every night, and before I go to bed, I kiss Daddy's cheek and tell him I wish he'd go to the doctor about his blood pressure and start getting more exercise than walking Fritz and scooping his poop.

I've only kissed one boy my entire life.

Emily called that day, crying. "Kate," she said between sobs. "You can't tell anyone. Not even your mom."

I drove to Walmart two towns away, over in Green Hills, so no one would see me buying the test. I trembled as I carried the box to the self-checkout lane. I scanned, bagged, and paid, and bit back tears, because my best friend of fifteen years-since we were three years old-might have accidentally gotten pregnant by her long-time boyfriend.

I didn't even know they had had sex. It's not something they would tell. If anyone found out that Jacob, son of Brother Michael-our preacher at church-got a girl pregnant out of wedlock? Chaos.

It wouldn't look good for Emily either. She's like me. Always wears clean T-shirts and none of her jeans have holes or loose strings. She would never even think about smoking a cigarette. She doesn't go over the speed limit. She plays the violin and has a scholarship lined up to attend Belmont University in Nashville.

But Emily made a mistake.

I use my black coloring pencil to shade her hair. My red pencil fills in her lips, turned upside down in a frown.

And then I made an even bigger mistake: I helped her.

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  • Posted February 26, 2013

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    LOVED.IT.SO.HARD! I have enjoyed all of Miranda Kenneally's book

    LOVED.IT.SO.HARD!
    I have enjoyed all of Miranda Kenneally's books thus far but this one, THIS ONE, with THIS BOOK BOY sent me spiraling into the land of "I LOVE THIS AUTHOR AND I WILL READ ANYTHING SHE WRITES!"

    What I loved: Matt Brown. OK, I'll come back to him in a minute. Miranda Kenneally is a master at covering the hot button issues with grace, honesty and compassion. She has the ability to make the reader see both sides of a situation and creates characters and stories that are realistic and completely relateable. Regardless of whether or not you agree with the choices being made, you're still able to empathize with what these characters are going through.

    Life isn't black and white and a person's faith and beliefs are just that, personal, but there comes a point in life when you have to decide what you believe and why. You have to own it. Or not. Kate struggles with a lifetime of expectations and it isn't until she finds herself reeling with guilt over helping her friend that she truly begins to understand this. While spending the summer at church camp, Kate comes face to face with people and situations that go against everything she's ever been taught is "right". She finds herself challenged in ways she never imagined and she'll have to decide for herself what's most important, rules or relationships which is easier said than done especially when she runs into Matt again.

    Fans of Miranda Kenneally's know that she writes AMAZEBALL BOOK BOYS! I mean, I loved Sam Henry in Catching Jordan and Will Whitfield in Stealing Parker but Matt Brown is truly one of the Things I Can't Forget! Matt is the kind of boy you want your daughter to bring home and your son to be. He's smart, funny, artistic, and definitely not riding the ugly train especially with those biceps. *fans face* Matt is also grounded in his beliefs and he helps Kate see that nobody is perfect, he teaches her how to forgive and how to see good in others.

    Matt also shows Kate how to love. *swoons* These two could be open and honest with each other about every aspect of their relationship which is not always easy to do and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it grow.

    What left me wanting: Not.enough.Matt.Brown. In fact, I could read an ENTIRE book dedicated to Matt and his love for music, literature, green beans and of course, his biceps. *hint hint Miranda* ;)

    Final verdict: Things I Can't Forget is a beautifully written story about faith, love and becoming the person you were meant to be. READ.IT!

    16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Amazing

    Keep writing the series of the books! I want to read about there college experience!

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Good book!

    I read "Catching Jordan", "Stealing Parker" and I just finished "Things I Can't Forget". After I read stealing parker I was counting down the days until this book came out. Now I will star counting down the days until the next book comes out. (:

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    This book was hard to put down

    I love this authir she is by far my faavorite, this book amazing i loved it, I highly recomend this book

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    A MUST READ!!

    I loved this book!!! Even though it didnt relate to sports likee the two previous ones did it had other perks that made it great!!! I really loved the characters although kate sometimes annoyed me i rlly liked matt!! I love miranda keneallys writing and hope she writes for years to come!!! Cant wait for racing savanah in december!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

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    Romantic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! People it was good -14 yr old oakly( im a girl)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2013

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    ARC Copy was provided by publisher/author for review. This in no

    ARC Copy was provided by publisher/author for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

    I love Miranda Kenneally’s writing. I hope that she writes for years to come! Although this book doesn’t have the sporty title like the two before it, and although it doesn’t really involve sports, doesn’t stop this book from rocking like the first two. This book is heavily focused on religion, mainly on Kate’s beliefs and where they fit into her life. At first I didn’t really like Kate, I thought she was judgemental and almost snobbish, and she was, but then you start to realize that’s the point because throughout the novel we see a change in Kate. Not necessarily in her beliefs, but she starts to realize that everyone is entitled to their own. And that is one of the main reasons I loved this book. It talks about religion, but, in my opinion, it talks about how it should be treated. This novel is different that the first two. Not really any sports, the boys are different, and Jordan Woods comes back and actually talks in this one. Not to mention Parker is actually a pretty key character here too! At first I was a little worried about where this book was going but within a couple of chapters I was a goner and knew that I loved it. 




    Good:




    Kate—she isn’t trying to be rude or judgemental, she’s just trying to figure things out and making mistakes along the way




    Matt—He puts his jeep doors back on and wears flip-flops just for her.




    Bad: 




    The only thing I didn’t like is the fact that Megan was not really explained (she was kind of picking solely on her and someone should have told her to shove it!), and Brad. I felt like Brad’s story was unfinished.




    Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):




    Overall this book was awesome. I loved how each chapter was her sketching what she is re-telling us. This novel was easy to follow and I smiled, swooned, and worried at all the right times. There were some moments of laughter (especially traded between Matt and Kate), but not a lot because this book seems a little bit more serious than the other two. I liked the approach on Religion even though some may disagree with me, and I found that Miranda Kenneally was making a strong point of view through this novel. I also loved the connetion and flow from book to book. Catching Jordan was all about sports, Stealing Parker about Sports and Religion, and this one about Religion. Miranda Kenneally is someone I foresee being around for a long time in the writing world, and I’m itching to be able to read Racing Savannah in December!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    Amazing book!

    I loved this book soooo much! This author is so amazingly talented and I cant wait to read more of her books! Sometimes the book got a little cheesy though, and it didnt hav the best writing ever but over all the book was very good. I enjoyed it very much, and i finished it in 1 day. I reccomend this book to young teens and older teens as well. It got a little sexual at times but nothing extreme. I reccomend this book highly to many teens who like a good book and who are strong christians like katie. :)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Great!!

    One of the best books i have ever read! It is a very good read and keeps you very intrigued!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2013

    At this point I have read a ton of reviews for Things I Can't Fo

    At this point I have read a ton of reviews for Things I Can't Forget. Almost all have given Miranda Kenneally high praised (very well-deserved) for her writing and the story. Almost all have also mentioned having a hard time connecting with Kate. I am absolutely not trying to argue or discount those feelings, each person comes to a book bringing their unique outlook on life and relationships. What I want to do is offer an alternative point-of-view in regards to Kate.

    Kate Kelly is maybe the best example I have personally read for a character who is driven, and often conflicted, by their faith. I know this might make her appear to be judgmental and pushy, and I'm not going to argue with that. The thing is, if you've been raised in a very strict church that takes the Bible and it's rules very literally, this is often who you become. I know this because almost all my friends were like Kate, and I even caught myself doing it when I was really young. We were raised going to a very, very strict church, probably even stricter than Kate's because it didn't even allow music in church or dancing. Kate was raised with a specific set of standards to live by, God's standards, and she takes that seriously. I had a friend (of an even stricter religion) tell me I was going to Hell for cutting my bangs. My best friend told me my Uncle would go to Hell for getting a divorce. Though my feelings were hurt, I didn't exactly get mad at them, because I knew that's what they were taught. A lot of that went by the wayside, though, when we became teenagers. We went to parties, we kissed a lot of boys. We still knew these things we "wrong", we just traded our piousness for a buttload of guilt.

    See, Kate feels guilty; for things she's done, things she's said, every errant thought or feeling. Guilt. Guilt. Guilt. And it will drive you crazy, trust me. My point is: Yes, with her judmental thoughts, worries, and guilt, Kate may be hard to connect with, but that just means that Kenneally nailed the portrayal of a girl conflicted by the world around her. Kate sees the world in black or white, wrong or right. Things I Can't Forget is Kate's journey of learning that the world is not concrete, there are many shades of grey to what she thought was absolutes. And if you don't see that when you're reading this, you're going to miss a really powerful story.

    Okay, I'm climbing down off my soapbox now... So how about that story?! I personally love books set at summer camps, maybe because I never got to go. I enjoyed the different personlities of the counselors, and how they interacted with one another. Of course, my favorite counselor was Matt, a super cute, super sweet guy Kate knew from her own camp experience. I loved that Matt had this open, affectionate way with Kate, but still maintained a bit of a mysterious edge. To see Matt, with his relaxed nature, help bring Kate out of her shell was so endearing. I loved being able to experience them falling in love. AND, it was so so so great to have Parker and Will at camp, and to get to see a bit of Sam and Jordan!

    Ultimately, for me, Things I Can't Forget was Kate's journey of forgiveness and acceptance. She needs to forgive herself. She needs to accept that others won't always see the world the same, or feel the way she does. And she needs to accept herself.

    Things I Can't Forget was a beatifully written, very thoughtful story. It's my favorite Miranda Kenneally book yet.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2013

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    In this third installment of The Hundred Oaks Series we get to k

    In this third installment of The Hundred Oaks Series we get to know Kate, who has just graduated from high school and is preparing to work for the summer at Cumberland Creek camp.  Originally, her best friend Emily had planned to work with her, but unforeseen circumstances have prevented that from happening and have left Kate distraught, emotionally torn, and angry, not only with her friend, but with herself because of the part she played in it.  Kate has grown up in the same church as Parker, who you will remember from Stealing Parker.  She and Will are also working at Cumberland Creek camp.  Kate meets Matt also, who she quickly falls for, and she isn't the only one.  They went to this same camp when they were kids and have a "history" together.  The more time she spends around Matt, Parker, and the others at camp, she comes to realize that her religious beliefs have made her come off as a prude, and she has been judgmental, even if she didn't realize it.  This is quite a process for her, because she didn't realize how deep rooted this was in her.  With the help of Matt, Parker, and her other new friends, she begins to realize that just because people don't believe the same way you do, doesn't make them wrong, and that every person is entitled to their own beliefs whether you agree with them or not.  She still has a way to go, but she makes tremendous progress in this area, some really great friends, finds love, and battles with some really tough issues in the process.  




    I enjoyed Things I Can't Forget.  It was great getting to see Parker and Will again, as well as getting a glimpse of what is going on in Jordan's life.  The story deals a lot with Kate's relationship with God, what she believes, what is wrong with some of her beliefs, and her personal journey with coming to terms with everything in the process.  I liked her and didn't like her, felt bad for her, and then was happy to see the direction her life was taking.  Matt was an absolute doll.  He was quite the hottie, had a great personality, and was just an all around great guy.  He has been through a lot himself, yet was patient and kind with Kate, and respected her in the process, especially when their physical relationship got "steamy."  I also enjoyed the fact that there really wasn't a love triangle going on, even though Matt had other girls that liked him, and how he and Kate were finally able to be so open with each other.  He really helps her to deal with her big issue with Emily and come to terms with it.  I also enjoyed getting to know the other characters in the book as well.  Miranda Kenneally has done an excellent job addressing some really tough issues in Things I Can't Forget, and though the book deals a great deal with God and Kate's religious beliefs, it doesn't come across as "preachy."  Overall, I enjoyed this third installment in The Hundred Oaks Series and looking forward to reading Racing Savannah, which comes out later this year. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    what happened after this i could nnot put down the book i hope y

    what happened after this i could nnot put down the book i hope you make another this wwas the best book ive read in awhile

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  • Posted April 8, 2013

    Good Read

    I enjoy this author and her books, I like how each one has a different focus but still include past characters from other books. I'm still holding out for another Jordan/Sam centered book though! :)

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  • Posted April 7, 2013

    Love Miranda Kenneally's books!  I've waiting to read this book

    Love Miranda Kenneally's books! 

    I've waiting to read this book. Omq. Since forever. Because Catching Jordan was good man. i really love that book. Catching Jordan was so good, I reread  it twice. Omg. And I hate rereading books, because I'm already going to know what's going to happen. But I guess not with Catching Jordan. ;D 




    The Cover: 
    It's cute. The bike thing while holding hands. This is random but my brother rode on a  horse while holding hands with his wife for an engagement picture. This cover is kind of like that, but a younger version for teens. 




    The Character: 
    I really love how Miranda Kenneally's characters from the last two books appear in this book. We get to see more of the Jordan-Sam relationship and Parker-Will relationship, which I totally crave and ship. The third book introduces a new couple, Kate and Matt. 




    Matt - Matt went to Cumberland Camp before when he was younger. Back then, he was quiet, shy, geeky. People teased him, bullied him, etc. He almost went suicidal. Until, he met Kate. Kate, who changed how he viewed himself and who kept him alive. Now, he's confident. He's funny, popular, hot. he had a girlfriend named Sarah. They had a three year relationship but they broke up. And Matt was so not expecting to fall in love. Again. With the girl he fell in love with so long ago. 




    Okay, so Matt. Yep. The love story you would imagine. You meet him at camp. You fall in love. You date. Happily ever after. But Kate just couldn't do that.




    Kate - Kate is really religious. I have nothing against religious people, but she is so religious that I just want to kill her sometimes. And annoying. Like ohmyfreakingawd, what's wrong with you? Apparently, talking to a guy alone is sinning. And I'm like omfg girl, man up. And of course, kissing, making out is way out of hand. I get the no sex thing, but like no holding hands or talking? No wonder you don't have friends. 




    What I like though, is that in a way, characters all connect to each other. Like despite Kate being way down low in the popularity chart, she was still able to go to one of Jordan's popular parties. ;D




    Parker - Parker was already introduced in Stealing Parker. As of she's the main character. Either way, she kind of played a role in this book. She encouraged Kate and Matt's relationship and Parker and Kate actually ended up becoming friend which is good. There are a lot of relationships in this book, but it's cute and all.




    The Extras:
    If you haven't gotten the connection yet, Kate goes to Hundred Oaks High School. She knows about Jordan and stuff because Jordan is popular. And I guess Parker is also kind of popular. Agh. Anyways, love Jordan! ;D  




    Rating: (1-10): 8.5

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Miranda just keeps getting better and better!

    I loved chasing jordan thought it was my favorite book then i read stealing and fell in love with that too! I love all her books just when i think they cant get better she creates higher standards to beat! I own all three of your books! I also love that you base them in Tennessee! I love TN! Very creative and inspire me to want to write amaizing books just like miranda! I wish i could givr you more stars! I just finished this book in one day! I literally couldnt put it down! Your books are so relateable! Thank you choosing to write these fab books miranda!

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  • Posted July 10, 2014

    This series has been tough for me in the sense that I loved Catc

    This series has been tough for me in the sense that I loved Catching Jordan so much. It suited me well at the time and I still adore it to pieces, but Stealing Parker, while still enjoyable, was not exactly my cup of tea. I liked it, but not as much as the first book. After hearing how people felt like Things I Can’t Forget was a tad preachy.. Idk. I was expecting to feel lukewarm about it, but guess what? I actually liked this one!

    “Learning is never a bad thing. And neither is changing your mind about things…It’s always good to reevaluate. To think and consider all sides.”

    I adore the fact that the guys in these books are all so sweet and Matt, Kate’s love interest, is no different. Plus, he plays the guitar. Who in the world can resist that? As for Kate, her growth from an extremely judgmental person to a young woman, who is not afraid to speak her mind and isn’t afraid to think on her own, was very humbling to watch. When she mildly told Megan off at the end of the book? I was so cheering for her! 

    It’s not that much about religion in my eyes (though it’s definitely about faith and god for Kate), but rather realizing that not everything is black and white, but there are lots of grey areas in life and sometimes you go against your beliefs because it feels right. It’s okay to doubt yourself; to have different opinions. This book tells us a story of stepping into adulthood, questioning things, mending friendships and finding love. It was quite inspirational if you think about it. 

    All of these books are very summerish—perfect for a warm summer night in my opinion. Also, I’m not religious at all, yet I didn’t find TICF preachy. In my opinion, Kate’s doubt, indecision etc carried over to other areas of our everyday lives. Also, I didn’t love Parker that much in her own book, but by the end of this one she had grown on me and I absolutely adored her relationship with Kate. Oh, and I also loved how this one was a tad darker and more upper YA than Miranda’s previous work. 

    All in all, Kate's story brought back so many memories of my own childhood and teenage years since I spent many summers at different camps. I found this book to be enjoyable and, with tons of character growth, quite inspirational. What I took away from this read is that sometimes there is no wrong or right, but it’s the thought that counts. I really liked the story in general and I’m even more excited now to read Racing Savannah. Brrrring it! 

    Overall rating: 4.1 out of 5.0 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    Best book ever!

    I loved its so cute and it some parts of the story reminded me of my experience with someone. It was absolutley beautiful and the greatest book, its very tender and for romantic lovers. Although it did make me cry because of what i remembered but i recommend it to all readers fans of romance and action <3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Map

    1-head quarters. 2-nothing. 3-girls rooms 1 through 5. 4-girls rooms 6 through 10. 5-boys 1~5. 6-6~10. 7-training. 8-gym. 9-food area. 10-secret missions. 11-where christian sleeps and lives.

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  • Posted January 30, 2014

    Things I Can't Forget is easily my favourite of Miranda Kenneall

    Things I Can't Forget is easily my favourite of Miranda Kenneally's three books now released. Miranda tackles some very difficult topics here, which could easily make some readers uncomfortable. But she does so thoughtfully, and the story truly reflects an honest portrayal of Kate's struggle.

    And while this book may not be the right book for every reader, it's a story that needs to be told. Kate's struggle with faith and what she believes is something that can resonate with everyone, in one way or another, if given the chance.

    Reasons to Read:

    1. Faith, doubt, &amp; religion:

    Honestly? I was a bit hesitant about Things I Can't Forget knowing that religion had a large part to play. It's hard to tell how that's going to play out in a book. I consider myself to be religious (specifically Christian), and I was nervous that a book like this would only turn out to be disrespectful. But it isn't. Miranda writes about a turning point in Kate's life, where everything she took for granted seems to be falling apart. She has to acknowledge that maybe she's wrong about some things. That maybe there is no cookie cutter to fit into to be &quot;right&quot;. And this felt so personal to me, because I remember when I was younger and this hit me as well when I knew I would have to make some changes for myself. Maybe there are readers who haven't gone through this period of change, but I believe there are enough of us that did to make this book utterly relevant.

    2. A protagonist you won't love right away:

    Kate will likely rub you the wrong way at first. I know she irked me at first too, and I'm saying this as someone who was a lot like her when I was (much) younger. I think it's important to have main characters we don't necessarily like (or possibly even relate to though), because it encourages readers to think outside of our own comfort zone. And it's crucial here to witness Kate's growth. It's almost like putting a face to a name, for those of us who may not have known people quite like Kate in our lives. It makes her story personal and real. Personally, I think it's important for readers to read about characters that aren't always like them, because it's one way for us to push personal boundaries.

    3. A love interest with depth:

    Matt is probably my favourite of the Hundred Oaks boys (probably helps that he reminds me of someone I know in real life). But I loved that Miranda gave him a back story, and that there was a real reason for why he was attracted to Kate. I liked that he had his own issues to work through, but that for the most part he had himself fairly well pulled together. And he had his own life! It didn't revolve around Kate, but he wanted to include her in it. It even felt a bit more mature than I'm used to in YA, but that's great to have some more diversity in romance (in one way or another).

    There were a few loose ends that seemed hastily tied up, and I wish we had explored them a bit more in the book. There are a number of other characters who do some awful things, but unlike Kate we never get a real sense of why. Or even closure.

    I guess part of the reason I loved Things I Can't Forget so much is that it felt like a story for me and my friends. As much as I love reading about YA, and I can usually find something in a character to emphasize with, sometimes their lives and settings aren't familiar to me. And Kate's life is one that could almost be a chapter taken from my life (I'm a sucker for puns and cliches). So I appreciate how different Kate's background story felt, and it's why I loved this book so much.

    ARC received from Raincoast Books; no other compensation was received.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Willow

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