Things I Can't Forget by Miranda KenneallyThings I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally

Things I Can't Forget

byMiranda Kenneally

Paperback | March 7, 2013

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A must read? I couldn't put it down." -Simone Elkeles on Catching JordanFrom 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'sa 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"
Growing up in Tennessee, MIRANDA KENNEALLY dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliche!), 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 mirandakenneally....
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Title:Things I Can't ForgetFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.85 inPublished:March 7, 2013Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1402271905

ISBN - 13:9781402271908

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Totally Disappointed I've really enjoyed her other books but I really did not like this book at all. The telling of the story was boring and repetitive, and it didn't help that the main character was super irritating. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of My Favorites! Things I Can't Forget has to be one of my favorite books by Miranda Keneally. I have been a fan of her books since the first book in the series came out (Catching Jordan). When I first found out that the main character is involved in religion. Miranda definitely puts her skills a work and turns it into gold because the entire book was sweet and made me care for these characters. Kate has passions and dreams and we get to see them as part of what she values. Her religion is part of her upbringing and makes her who she is. Even though Kate seems really judgmental in the beginning, she has a hard time for others to come and approach her and understand her. Throughout the book she grows at being able to understand what her friends are going through and that everything is not black and white, right or wrong. and that she should accept her friends decisions and that some people don't share the same views as her (her faith). I could connect with her because I've seen this a few times in my life and its hard to be told the truth. Then she finds friendship and love when she opens up. Plus I even fell in love with Matt. *swoon* He really brings out the best in Kate. Plus their families are so supportive and really good people! I had a smile on my face throughout the entire book. I also loved how Will and Parker (from Stealing Parker) make an appearance in the book. I love getting updates on some of my favorite characters. Miranda Kenneally does a great job with incorporating all her past characters into this book in the Hundred Oaks series. So far I've loved every book in this series and I do recommend you read this book series.
Date published: 2016-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bla It was blah hated main character
Date published: 2014-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Things I Can't Forget I liked the way Kate find her own way! And stayed true to her self!
Date published: 2014-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charming and sweet I am charmed by Kate's journey as she transforms from a frightened child to a confident young woman. She is faced with some of the most difficult decisions of her life and comes up on top with every single one. It's a great reminder that although we are never going to be perfect we can still make the most of what we have and find happiness in the most unexpected places.
Date published: 2014-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After 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, & 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 "right". 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. 
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as strong as her other books, but still a cute read! Attention! Mild sexual thoughts are sprinkled throughout the book Kate is the good Christian girl who does no wrong, who doesn’t drink, or do drugs, and certainly doesn’t have a boyfriend. Until her summer job as a camp counsellor, she meets her childhood friend Matt who shows her how much she’s been missing. I loved Catching Jordan, and I couldn’t wait until Stealing Parker, so once I knew another book was in the works, I immediately signed up for the tour. Miranda’s writing is witty, and simple and her style is just so easy to read that I get lost in their world..Even if it’s only for a little while. I was a little disappointed about the lack of plot, but then again most contemporary reads are just day-to-day musings of the main character’s lives right? It’s also in the way the teenagers were represented. Christian teenagers who used their faith to be the good person, yet what they really did were normal teenage things such as partying and drinking. I can’t decide whether I like or dislike Kate because her thoughts are so muddled by her beliefs. I can’t even understand some of her logical thoughts..Sometimes I would want to shake her and other times I would want to hug her. She’s definitely a character that grows and matures, and I liked reading along as she finally realized it. I always find that reading a character who has such different beliefs would be hard, and it was in this case. Kate definitely is flawed, and that’s probably what makes her character so relatable. Characters Good characters with flawed pasts. Pacing/Length Just right. Cover/Design Adorable, but isn’t Kate supposed to have black hair??? Plot Not a lot of plot to keep the story going, but it was still nonetheless a cute book. Overall, if you love cute romance novels and even more flawed characters, then read this one.
Date published: 2013-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Contemporary Read for the Summer Kate has always viewed the world in black and white; either something is right or it's wrong. But when her best friend Emily needed her support, Kate made a difficult decision that's now eating her up inside. Nobody knows she helped her friend get an abortion, and Kate can't stop feeling guilty. She prays for God's forgiveness, and doesn't understand why Emily is not praying too. Just as the tension rises between them and their friendship begins to crumble apart, Kate spends the summer away as a counselor at a camp supported by her church. Initially, Kate seemed too judgmental a person, but the more I got to know her, the more I realized I had misjudged her myself, ironically. Kate's Christian values have always made her want to disassociate with anyone who doesn't act like her, and it makes others believe she's looking down on them when she just doesn't know any better. It's always been just her and Emily together, but now that she's on her own at the camp, she has the chance to broaden her horizons, meet new friends, and learn the world comes in shades of grey. It was like love at first sight when Matt was introduced in the novel. He's funny, kind, adorably sweet, and oh so handsome. It's been several years since Kate last saw Matt, and during this time, he's grown from an awkward boy to a very attractive lifeguard. As the pair easily flirt with each other, feelings stir within Kate that she has never felt before, and it makes her nervous just how hard she finds herself falling for him. And if you're fans of Parker and Will from Stealing Parker, I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that they feature prominently in the novel as Kate's fellow camp counselors! I absolutely loved reading Miranda Kenneally's Things I Can't Forget! Much like the previous two books in the Hundred Oaks series, Things I Can't Forget is much more than a typical romantic contemporary novel. Miranda Kenneally has perfectly balanced exploring Kate's internal struggles with pure summer fun! Compared to Stealing Parker, the religious undertones are lighter in Things I Can't Forget, and I did think that helped me enjoy this book so much more. Miranda Kenneally has quickly risen to be among favourite YA contemporary authors and I can't wait to read her next novel, Racing Savannah! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.ca/2013/03/things-i-cant-forget-by-miranda.html
Date published: 2013-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different from the rest of the series, but still a great read! Thank you to Sourcebooks & Xpresso Book Tours for sending me an ARC of this book! Things I Can’t Forget, a companion novel to the Hundred Oaks series, was a very difficult book to read. While the tone is set quite differently from the first two books in the series, we get some of the same characters, and are introduced to a few new characters. The whole story is still very much Miranda Kenneally, but if you have aversion to religion or abortion, you may want to tread lightly. I think one of the things I liked best about this story was the relationship between Parker and Kate. Not only was it great to see Parker so much in this story, but her and Kate had a different kind of friendship. I could see where Parker (as well as Kate’s friend, Emily) was coming from when she told Kate she was too judgmental, and I think that Kate really needed to realize that for herself, too — that it’s okay to live by the word of God, but sometimes when it comes to friends, you can’t just preach at them that their sinning, you must be compassionate as well. Just like seeing so much of Parker was a treat, it was great to see other characters from the first two books, like Jordan, Sam Henry, Will, and Drew. It felt like a reunion from the other books and since I knew their stories, I was interested to see how Kate fit in with all of them. This wasn’t the easiest book to read and I think the religious themes played a big part. The town that these characters come from is very religious. I mean, in Stealing Parker, Parker’s mom is shunned from the church because she’s a lesbian (something that is talked about in this book a bit). Drew also has a hard time because he is gay. To see a character like Kate — a character I found hard to identify with — be quite judgmental about peoples’ “sins” can be a hard read. I wouldn’t say that it was Kenneally preaching through the book, but it was more like Kate having to find a balance between her religion and life itself. The romance in this book might not be as heavy handed as in the last two novels, but I have to say that the love interest in this book, Matt, was quite the guy. The thing I liked about him was that he was willing to go slow with Kate, knowing that she wasn’t going to just dive into a relationship like some other girls. He may have known her from the past, but he took the time to get to know this new Kate that he hadn’t seen for quite a while. The only issue I had with the relationship was that Kate seemed to be head over heels instantly and always thought of herself as sinning because of it. Maybe I had wanted more drama when it came to the romance? Fans also might be a little disappointed by the lack of a sports theme in this book, but there is still some sporting. For example, Kate used to play soccer, but can’t anymore. Slowly, Matt gets her back into running, even if she’s a little slow at it. Personally, the whole summer camp aspect of the story was something I really liked, being a person who never got to go to summer camp. It was interesting seeing the new kids come each week, balanced out with the relationships between the counsellors, and the flashbacks to Kate and Emily. Readers of the series will want to read this book, even if it’s just to see favourite old characters again. The religious tones may be a little too heavy handed for some, and there may be an overabundance of inner dialogue, but as in any Miranda Kenneally book, these things are there for a reason. I would recommend this if you love the series, but if you’re new to the books, I would suggest starting from the very beginning.
Date published: 2013-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A step outside my comfort zone... Most of the people who have read Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker will likely agree that Miranda Kenneally is quickly becoming one of the queens of contemporary young adult. She’s got a knack for writing stories that touch you, make you laugh, make you fall in love, and make you think. I’m not the first person to say this, but I was a little wary going into Things I Can’t Forget. There was quite a strong theme of religion in Stealing Parker, but it didn’t bother me because Parker was questioning her beliefs and the hypocrisy that often runs rampant in religion, which is something I can relate to. In Things I Can’t Forget, the religion aspect was a major part of the book, and that worried me. I won’t lie - when I finished reading this book, I was a jumble of emotions and thoughts. The heavy religious themes made me slightly uncomfortable at times, but I also understood it in a way. Kate comes off as very judgmental, but this is how she grew up - religion for her was very black and white, and she believed what the Bible told her and what her ministers preached to her. For Kate, there was right and there was no wrong, and there was no in between. I really liked Kate. Despite her faults and her zealous religious beliefs (that’s not a reason not to like someone, it’s just for the purposes of this book, it was hard to swallow at times), I thought she was a great character. She held onto her beliefs, no matter what - even when people called her a Jesus Freak at school, even when her faith was tested, and even when people found her hard to handle because they thought she was judgmental, she held onto her faith, and I admired and respected her for that. There were times it was hard to believe she was eighteen because she was so naïve and sheltered, but it was nice to see her changing, developing, and growing as a character. She realized that not everyone has the same beliefs, and while in the beginning that was a major point of contention for her when it came to making friends, she slowly begins to realize that her truth doesn’t have to be everyone else’s truth. We don’t all have to believe the same things, and I think that will resonate with people, even if it has nothing to do with religion. I loved seeing Parker and Jordan again, and I’m glad Parker was a big part of the book, and that she had a role in Kate’s growth. I also liked Matt, and enjoyed his and Kate’s relationship. A big part of the reason I love Kenneally’s books is because they’re completely different. There are no cookie cutter stories for her. Kate’s struggles were very real, and although they were regular teenage struggles on one hand, they were completely different in many other ways, usually because of her strong beliefs. It’s not something you come across in many YA books. Kenneally has a way of writing characters you can connect to and feel for, even if they’re the complete opposite of you - there’s just something about her writing that makes you feel like you can relate to the characters. I give Miranda Kenneally huge kudos for being such a brave author. She’s not afraid to take chances; I thought that when I read Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker, and after reading Things I Can’t Forget, I have even more respect for her. This book won’t be for everyone. There are people who will be turned off by the religious aspect (I very rarely read books with religious themes, but I made an exception because I love Miranda’s books so much), but that didn’t stop her from writing this book, and I really admire that. I like authors who are willing to take chances and maybe even force some readers to step outside their comfort zone. Things I Can’t Forget is about friendship, love, heartache, life lessons, and so much more. It packs an emotional punch while still managing to be fun and funny. I can’t wait to see what Miranda Kenneally comes up with next!
Date published: 2013-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another awesome novel from Kenneally View more of my review and others at my blog: www.mynotsovacantshelf.blogspot.com 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! ARC Copy was provided by publisher/author for review. This in no way affected my opinion.
Date published: 2013-02-23