Companion to Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker.
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 eve
r kissed, and he’s gone from a 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…
--Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/things-i-cant-forget-miranda-kenneally/1112691485
--The Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Things-I-Cant-Forget-Miranda-Kenneally/9781402271908?a_aid=xreads
I loved both Stealing Parker and Catching Jordan, so I was so excited to get the chance to read Things I can’t Forget. This book told another amazing story, with the same lovable characters from previous books and a realistic, wonderful story.
Things I Can’t Forget follows Kate, a girl who thinks she’s lost her identity in a way, after she assists her best friend in getting an abortion. Before she helped her and now, she is a firm believer in her church and God, so she believes she’s sinned majorly. She goes to work as a counselor at a camp, where she runs into the guy who was her first kiss, Matt.
At first, to be honest, I didn’t like Kate at all. I thought she was really judgmental and hypocritical. Overtime, though, I grew to like her a lot more. It was amazing and really believable how much she matured throughout the story :) She found her own identity. Matt was such a sweet guy, and I hope I’ll find a guy like him one day . Also, both Parker and Will played a big part in this story, since they were two of the counselors at the camp. They were both awesome people and they are adorable together! Jordan and Henry also ended up making a few appearances throughout the book ;)
Things I Can’t Forget ultimately followed how Kate found herself throughout the story. She realized things about herself and others around her that she had blocked out most of her life. I also loved how side characters helped her find herself. I think Things I Can’t Forget was more mature than the past two books in the Hundred Oaks series. It discussed some more adult topics kind of often, such as sex and abortion. Looking past that, though, it told a really great story. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of Miranda Kenneally’s writing.
Things I Can’t Forget is an amazing book, that I was so happy to read. I’d recommend this to anyone’s who’s a fan of contemporaries and ever if you’re not, this series may make you love them! I’d give it 4 out of 5 flowers.
Also, here's an excerpt from when Kate first sees Matt again:
I pray for the sign; I want Him to tell me that what I did, helping to end a baby’s life, is okay. Because everything within me says it’s not. If I hadn’t taken her to the center, maybe she would’ve changed her mind about aborting the baby. Maybe her parents wouldn’t have freaked out on her.
I have a billion what-ifs and no way forward.
I pray to God, telling Him I want my Emily back. Because without her, and without knowing what I’m supposed to do next, life kind of feels like french fries without the salt.
Here in the now, something smashes into the driver’s side window, rattling it. I jump, hitting my head on the car’s ceiling.
“Ow!” I rub the top of my head.
I climb out, carrying my sketchbook and pencils. Matt hustles up to retrieve a basketball bouncing beside my car’s front left tire.
He’s not wearing a shirt, and seeing his muscles nearly makes my heart stop. Then his blue eyes and tan biceps are right in front of me.
“Sorry about that,” he says, smiling down at me. He has a dimple in his chin.
He should be a bicep model. Is there such a thing as a bicep model? Like hand models who model watches and rings? I guess a bicep model would show off tattoos.“You okay?” he asks.“I’m fine,” I say, touching my head.
He tosses the basketball up and down. “I wanted to ask... doI know you?”“You look so familiar—”“Did you go to camp here when you were little?”“Yeah.”He grins, and looks around. “Are you King Crab Kate?”
I cover my mouth with a hand. “Oh my gosh—you’reMiniature Poodle Matt!”
He drops the ball, rushes forward and hugs me. His arms andchest are all sweaty, but I hug him back.
“I totally won our cannonball contest,” I say. “I beat youso bad.”
“Sure, keep telling yourself that,” he says, releasing me. Wefought about that contest for days.
“You shared your ice cream with me.” I smile.
“I took you to the Thursday Night Dance!”
I touch my mouth, remembering how he pulled me behind the art pavilion and quickly pecked my lips. He looks at my face and I know he remembers.“You were my first kiss,” he says, pointing at me.
And my only, I think.
And lastly here's a great giveaway....
a Rafflecopter giveaway