Things I Can’t Forget
Series: Hundred Oaks #3
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: March 1st 2013
Source: ARC Copy provided by publisher for blog tour
Because Miranda Kenneally rocks my socks off.
Summary taken from Goodreads:
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 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…
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.
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.
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!
Previously In the Series:
Catching Jordan (#1)-> Click for review
Stealing Parker (#2)-> Click for review
Next in the Series:
Racing Savannah (#4) ETA: December 1st 2013
Viewer Type Recommendation:
If you are a lover of YA romances, with a main character who is struggling with life than this is for you
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Author Website/Blog: http://mirandakenneally.com
Courtesy of Miranda Kenneally
Top Ten Places Sam Henry and Jordan Woods from CATCHING JORDAN have been caught Kissing
1. Waiting in the security line at the airport. TSA was not amused.
2. Study hall. When the teacher confronted them, Henry said, “But we’re studying!” The teacher replied, “What exactly are you studying?” And Henry said, “Anatomy.”
3. The “Kiss-Cam” at a Nashville Predators game. Henry and Jordan didn’t even notice, because they were kissing even before the cameras were trained on them.
4. On top of the Franklin city water tower. Yes, the police were called. But no charges were pressed, so all was okay. Don’t try this one at home!
5. The paint sample aisle at Home Depot. They were there to buy mulch for Jordan’s mom, so how they ended up in the paint sample aisle isn’t clear. You are free to try this one “at home.”
6. In the garage in the bed of her father’s truck. Her father subsequently dragged Henry out of the garage by the collar of his shirt.
7. At the automatic carwash following an afternoon of “mudding.” The carwash manager gave them a lecture stating, “This is a family establishment!”
8. Inside a tent in the camping section at Wal-Mart. They claimed they were “testing out the sleeping bags.”
9. In Jordan’s grandfather’s favorite La-Z-Boy recliner. Her grandfather subsequently dragged Henry out of the house by the collar of his shirt. Not because he kissed Jordan, but because he dared to sit in Gramps’ recliner.
10. At the movies. What’s sad is that they didn’t even make it into the theater. They started kissing out in the lobby and missed nearly all of Pitch Perfect.