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Title: Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks series
Genre: YA (older YA), Contemporary, Romance
Available formats: Ebook & Paperback
Details: Published March 1st 2013, 320 pages
Source:For review for blog tour with Xpresso Book Tours

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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…

Things I Can't Forget was a pretty good read, I enjoyed the romance, there was a nice variety of characters, but what I really loved was the strong showing of character development with our main character Kate.

 Although I personally enjoyed Things I Can't Forget, it is not a read that is for everyone. If you are someone that does not like to read anything with any type of religion involved, then this is a pass for you. Going into Things I Can't Forget you really have to keep an open mind. Kate is a very religious girl, she believes it is bad to have sex before marriage, to be gay, and have abortions. She believes that people that do these things may go to hell. Now she doesn't think these things in a rude way, like "oh she is SO going to hell" but more of a concerning way, like she is worried for the person that is committing these sins.

For me personally it was hard to connect with Kate since I am not a religious person, alot of times I found her to be very judgmental of people and I really wouldn't like her. But as the book progresses you start to see Kate grow and she learns that her beliefs are not the only beliefs out there, and that people don't follow her same way of thinking. She eventually learns that what she believes in for herself is all that matters, and that people are allowed to believe in what they believe in, even if it is not her own and she doesn't understand.

The moral of this story is a good one, and I really believe if you can push past the religious talk without getting mad then you should pick this up. The romance was SO adorable that it had me gigglin out loud, the friends of Kate were each different and most of them were quite funny. Overall, Things I Can't Forget ended on an awesome note.

Sidenote: I liked this book enough that I am going to read books 1 and 2 in the Hundred Oaks series.



Book Passion for Life said...

Omg! I can't believe you haven't read the first two books in series before you tried this one (even though they are stand alone books) but should read them hun!! There's awesome. Things I Can't Forget was my favourite book by Miranda though =) Great review x

Giselle said...

Great review, darling! I think you will enjoy book 1 especially and book 2 is great as well but Catching Jordan is my favorite it's hilarious, all the characters are amazingly likable and there's no mention of religion. Happy you enjoyed this enough to try them though! :)

Shane @ItchingforBooks said...

Good review. I never would've picked up the third without reading the first two but kudos to you for trying that risk :)

Kat C @ Books and Sensibility said...

Hm, wow the character in this book sounds worlds away from the characters in Miranda's other books.I'm sorry this one was a little miss for you, but the other two are VERY different judging by the synopsis.

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Anonymous said...

This story sounds cute and I don't really mind the religious aspect. I think I'll give it a go. I love how the character changed from the beginning of the story, and I hope the romance does not disappoint. Nice review!

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Anonymous said...

You should definitely read Miranda Kenneally's Catching Jordan! It's a hialrious, romantic read! I was looking forward to reading Things I Can't Forget, but I'm glad I read your review before I started it. I didn't realize Kate was super religious and I'm hoping that doesn't affect the story much. It sounds like it has a good romance and likeable characters! Great review!

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