From the author of She Regrets Nothing, which BuzzFeed called a “sharp, glittering story of wealth, family, and fate,” comes a vivid novel about a young Olympic skier who loses everything and escapes to Buenos Aires, where she reinvents herself, meets a colorful group of ex-pats, and becomes enmeshed with a man keeping dark secrets of his own.
Katie Cleary has always known exactly what she wants: to be the best skier in the world. As a teenager, she leaves her home to live and train full time with her two best friends, all-American brothers Luke and Blair, whose wealthy father has hired the best coaches money can buy. Together, they are the USA’s best shot at bringing home Olympic gold.
But as the upward trajectory of Katie’s elite skiing career nears its zenith, a terrifying truth about her sister becomes impossible to ignore—one that will lay ruin not only to Katie’s career but to her family and her relationship with Luke and Blair.
With her life shattered and nothing left to lose, Katie flees the snowy mountainsides of home for Buenos Aires. There, she reinvents herself as Liz Sullivan, and meets a colorful group of ex-pats and the alluring, charismatic Gianluca Fortunado, a tango teacher with secrets of his own. This beautiful city, with its dark history and wild promise, seems like the perfect refuge, but can she really outrun her demons?
In alternating chapters, Katie grows up, falls in love, and races down the highest peaks on the planet—while Liz is reborn, falls into lust, and sinks into the underground tango scene at the bottom of the world. From the moneyed ski chalets of the American West to the dimly lit milongas of Argentina, We Came Here to Forget explores what it means to dream, to desire, to achieve—and what’s left behind after it all disappears.
Andrea Dunlop is the author of We Came Here to Forget, She Regrets Nothing, Losing the Light, and Broken Bay. She lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, where she works as a social media consultant.
We Came Here to Forget: A Novel 3.2 out of 5based on
5 months ago
We Came Here to Forget was just not for me. It’s the story of Katie who runs away from her life by moving to Buenos Aires and starting to go by Liz. In Buenos Aires she meets a variety of expats who have all come there to escape something in their past.
While I loved the premise of running away from your life to another country, I didn’t like how Katie/Liz believe she was so recognizable and was always thinking someone would figure her out. It made her less relatable. The writing wasn’t bad, but I just didn’t appreciate the mental health rep in this book because it was such an extreme case. I also felt like it could do without the epilogue and I would have enjoyed the books more if it hadn’t tried to give everyone a happy ending.
Thanks to Atria Books and Netgalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review.
6 months ago
Andrea Dunlop takes you off on an adventure many can only dream about; a new life in the beautiful world of Buenos Aires. The circumstances leading up to this new life are all but haunting and the harder Liz tries to run from this, the quicker it seems to catch back up. Can she escape the monster in her past? Can those that knew her in the “before” ever accept her and love her again?
It took me a bit to decide on what to rate this novel. I loved that it wasn’t a slow burn before you ever even saw a glimpse of what was to come, yet it didn’t divulge the exciting details all at once. Dunlop gives us a side-by-side narrative of both the lives of one girl, Katie Cleary and Liz Sullivan, fine-tuning her ability to give you just enough excitement to keep you moving along but also a slow enough pace to let you enjoy the new lifestyle Liz created and to immerse yourself into her new world. It was a beautiful cat-and-mouse game that most authors do not play with.
I gave this book 3.5 stars due to the fact that I feel like this book could have had a lot more depth in the characters. I feel like towards the end the plot got thinner and the characters got more glossed over in order to finish the story.
I would still recommend this book as it was an enjoyable read, and I feel like it is a good book to read another book along side of if you are that kind of reader.
I had no idea how much I would love We Came Here To Forget! This was my first book by Andrea Dunlop and it sure won't be my last!
You get to meet Katie (Liz), who seemingly has it all. A successful career, a loving boyfriend, a great family, and amazing friends until some family tragedy literally has her life spinning out of control. What better way to escape? Move to a completely different country and reinvent yourself.
Andrea Dunlop explores so many dynamics in this story. She takes you on a ride of one women's fame, tragedy, pain, and healing. An emotional rollercoaster, asking yourself how could all this happen to her. You find yourself relating to her. Feeling her pain and confusion. Her need to disappear and just catch her breath. Her need to focus on her mental health and to find a way to cope. Katie is such a strong and heroic character.
I would definitely recommend this book! I definitely am glad that I picked it up. We all have our demons that we wish we could erase but in the end it's the trials and heartaches that make us who we truly are!
Thank you to Atria Books and netgalley for the arc for my honest opinion!
9 months ago
Beautiful cover for what I am sure some will find as a beautiful story, but I struggled with this one. Katie (Liz) has a traumatic event happen that is somehow related to her sister but it takes almost 80% of the book before we figure out exactly what that is. The book alternates between past and present. I ended up skimming a lot of it. I’m not a huge fan of alternating time lines where the past directly correlates to what’s happening in the present yet each “past” chapter ends with an ominous or vague statement of what went down. The suspense and intrigue loses itself after a while and I just stop caring.
Katie grew up skiing and became an Olympian. But after an injury and incident (not discolored for most of the book) she feels the need to escape and leave Idaho for Buenos Aires. There she mite a group of people who also seem to be running or hiding from something. Meanwhile we get glimpses of her past and hints of what happened that made her flee.
While I liked parts of her story and thought it well written, I didn’t really care for Katie and after so many chapters of not finding out what happened with her sister, I stopped caring about that too. I do believe in the right hands though this would be a well-loved and appreciated book
I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
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