by Miranda Kenneally
Published March 1, 2013
by Sourcebooks Fire
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…
Read an excerpt here.
Note: Mature themes, sexual situations, religious discussions.
Top Ten with Miranda Kenneally
Top ten things Miranda Kenneally would change about her high school years if she could go back in time.
- I would do my homework the night before school rather than 10 minutes before class.
- I would pull my pants up. Sagging was not cool then and it’s not cool now.
- I would not consider the daughter of the owner of the local car dealership a “celebrity.”
- I would not wear those two-inch long crocodile earrings. Really, Miranda, what were you thinking?
- I would accept the soccer captain’s invitation to come swim at his pool instead of wussing out.
- I would’ve waited for my first kiss. The guy I kissed first was not a good guy, and it wasn’t worth it just to say I’d kissed someone.
- I would confront the school guidance counselor, who told me I’d “fail” if I went to an out-of-state college. And if I got in trouble for telling her off? So be it.
- I would push harder for a role in Fiddler on the Roof instead of settling for stage manager again!
- That time me and some of the guys took my mom’s SUV mudding? Yeah, I would not do that again. Even 5 trips through the carwash didn’t get rid of the mud. What a nightmare.
- I would read more books instead of worrying about guys so much!
My Review: In this third installment of The Hundred Oaks Series we get to know Kate, who has just graduated from high school and is preparing to work for the summer at Cumberland Creek camp. Originally, her best friend Emily had planned to work with her, but unforeseen circumstances have prevented that from happening and have left Kate distraught, emotionally torn, and angry, not only with her friend, but with herself because of the part she played in it. Kate has grown up in the same church as Parker, who you will remember from Stealing Parker. She and Will are also working at Cumberland Creek camp. Kate meets Matt also, who she quickly falls for, and she isn't the only one. They went to this same camp when they were kids and have a "history" together. The more time she spends around Matt, Parker, and the others at camp, she comes to realize that her religious beliefs have made her come off as a prude, and she has been judgmental, even if she didn't realize it. This is quite a process for her, because she didn't realize how deep rooted this was in her. With the help of Matt, Parker, and her other new friends, she begins to realize that just because people don't believe the same way you do, doesn't make them wrong, and that every person is entitled to their own beliefs whether you agree with them or not. She still has a way to go, but she makes tremendous progress in this area, some really great friends, finds love, and battles with some really tough issues in the process.
I enjoyed Things I Can't Forget. It was great getting to see Parker and Will again, as well as getting a glimpse of what is going on in Jordan's life. The story deals a lot with Kate's relationship with God, what she believes, what is wrong with some of her beliefs, and her personal journey with coming to terms with everything in the process. I liked her and didn't like her, felt bad for her, and then was happy to see the direction her life was taking. Matt was an absolute doll. He was quite the hottie, had a great personality, and was just an all around great guy. He has been through a lot himself, yet was patient and kind with Kate, and respected her in the process, especially when their physical relationship got "steamy." I also enjoyed the fact that there really wasn't a love triangle going on, even though Matt had other girls that liked him, and how he and Kate were finally able to be so open with each other. He really helps her to deal with her big issue with Emily and come to terms with it. I also enjoyed getting to know the other characters in the book as well. Miranda Kenneally has done an excellent job addressing some really tough issues in Things I Can't Forget, and though the book deals a great deal with God and Kate's religious beliefs, it doesn't come across as "preachy." Overall, I enjoyed this third installment in The Hundred Oaks Series and looking forward to reading Racing Savannah, which comes out later this year.
About this author: Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), 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.