Friday, December 27, 2013

Review: Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally

Things I Can't Forget 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 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…

My Review:

I have read and loved Miranda Kenneally's previous two books, and this one did not disappoint.  It delivered a sweet romance, some good friendships, and some serious issues too.  It was a quick read that didn't take me very long to read because I couldn't put it down.


Kate is a good character, and the way her faith was handled in the book was well done.  She feels really guilty after she helped her best friend, Emily, get an abortion.  When the book starts, she and Emily are no longer friends because Emily's beliefs about God have changed, and she thinks Kate is too judgmental.  I feel like the reason Kate is judgmental is because her beliefs have taught her what is right and wrong.  When she finds out that her friend did something that goes against the Ten Commandments, it makes sense that she would think her friend sinned.  I'm not sure if she should have thought that her helping her friend was a sin, since she clearly didn't agree with Emily getting an abortion.  She didn't condone it, yet she still cared about her friend enough to help her out. 

The friendships is this book were really well-written.  Since Kate and Emily are in a fight, their friendship is not there for most of the book, but there are still some other friendships that Kate has.  One of these friendships is with Parker, the protagonist from Stealing Parker.  She doesn't really have any female friends, so it is good that she and Kate find each other.  I liked how Parker was able to move past the issues she had with her church that was also Kate's church, so that she could still be friends with Kate.  She was a person that Kate could turn to when she needed advice about boys.  Kate also was friends with Parker's boyfriend, Will, and some of the other camp counselors.  One of her friends, Brad, did something that he shouldn't have done.  He got in trouble to keep himself from getting in trouble, so I didn't like that.  Other than that, I did like his character.

The romance is this book was so sweet and adorable.  I loved that the boy that Kate started dating was the same guy she had had her first kiss with at eleven years old.  This boy was Matt.  When Kate starts as a camp counselor and he is a camp counselor too, they begin to reconnect.  He had gone through a bad break-up a couple years, and he still wasn't really over it until he met Kate again.  He started falling for her.  She really helped him move on from his past relationship.  Matt was really sweet, and he was a respectful guy.  When she set boundaries on their relationship, he didn't try to force her to go farther than she wanted to.  He didn't try to talk her into sleeping with him.  He respected that she didn't want to do that, and that is was against her faith.

If you like YA contemporary, read this book.


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