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March 15, 2013

Blog Tour: Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally – Review, Excerpt with G1veaway

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Things I Can’t Forget  by Miranda Kenneally

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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…

Note: Mature themes, sexual situations, religious discussions.

add to goodreadsThings I Can’t Forget (Hundred Oaks #3) by Miranda Kenneally
Publication Date:  March 1, 2013
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire

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MaryAnn NewThings I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally is another hit in her Hundred Oaks series.  Where the first two books in her series revolved around some sort of sport, in Things I Can’t Forget the setting is at a summer camp where main character, Kate, is one of the camp counselors.

Kate is very much into her religion and faith in God.  She abides by the Ten Commandments, does what’s right and lives a life that make her parents proud.  But after her best friend becomes pregnant, Kate does what she does best and helps her out by paying for some of the fees associated with getting an abortion.  And it’s her involvement in the abortion that has her condemning herself to a life of sin.  Kate feels that if she can’t forgive herself, who else will?

Her final summer before heading off to college, Kate decides to become a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp.  Where Kate is expecting a time of faith and reflecting, but instead finds herself surrounded by fellow counselors and acquaintances that are doing things that are absolutely sinful in Kate’s eyes.  And it’s a fellow counselor named Matt who grabs Kate’s attention.

Kate has known Matt since they went to this camp when they were little.  He was her first love and kiss, and she has never really forgotten him.  And it seems that Matt hasn’t forgotten her as well.  While Kate experiences new feelings towards Matt that she feels are against all that she believes in, she also learns some new things about herself…and perhaps learns some new things about the very person she is falling in love with.

Okay, so Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally is totally different from the other two books that she has written in this series.  Oh yes, fuzzy feeling will be had.  You will find yourself smirking at the pages like a smirking machine.  You will awww and gasp at all the right moments.  You will find yourself totally immersed into the lives of not only main character, Kate, but with the lives of all the different characters in this book.

But you will also feel the sadness and inner struggle that Kate has as she fights her own personal demons.  We watch as she steps outside of her comfort zone and learns and grows into the person she will be.  She starts to take chances, opens her heart, and learns some new things about herself.  She also comes to understand what her best friend must have gone through when she was in love.

I was irritated with Kate for her decisions when dealing with her feelings for Matt.  She irritated me to no end when she would judge the other counselors at the camp for what they do on their own time.  But I did understand the importance of her faith, and how vital it was for her that God forgive her for her part in her darkest moment.  And it’s because of this inner struggle, I was able to forgive her judging ways because it only made the events that unfold only that more … memorable.

And omg Matt!  He is just so amazing!  Seriously, I want a Matt of my very own.  His patience and gentle ways when dealing with Kate made me fall hard for this male lead.  Little things that he would do or say brought smiles to my face constantly.  And there were moments where he brought tears to my eyes.

And let’s not forget the awesomeness that is the reunion with past characters in the series.  It just made the whole experience that much more unforgettable.  An unforgettable and thought provoking read that will leave readers breathless.

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The boy who had been staring at me got a coveted spot on the porch swing. The two girls who squealed “Megan!” sit on either side of him, and he’s laughing and looking back and forth between them. He must be a returning counselor. I can’t help but notice how pretty the girls are, with their short shorts and tanks and tan, skinny legs. My body and legs are skinny too, but I desperately need a tan this summer. I also need to gain some muscle back after my soccer injury.

“Okay,” Megan says, tooting her whistle. “We’re going to play an introduction game. Y’all have to pair your name with an animal and tell us a bit about you.”

Everybody groans, but they’re smiling. I remember playing this game when I was little.

Megan starts us out. “I’m Monkey Megan and I just finished getting my master’s in education from Tennessee Tech.”

A buff guy with brown hair announces himself as “Bumblebee Brad. I’m the games director this summer.” He says he just gradu- ated high school, but doesn’t mention where he’s going to college. I notice a series of deep purple bruises peeking out from beneath his T-shirt sleeve.

Will says he’s Wallaby Will and Parker is Platypus Parker and they are going to college together at Vanderbilt.

My turn. I swallow the lump in my throat. “I’m Kangaroo Kate—”

Shoeless Boy laughs and croons in a deep Southern accent, “Oh, cool. I can ride in your pouch.”

“What does that even mean?” his swing-mate asks, elbowing him in the gut.

“Filter, dude. Filter,” Bumblebee Brad says to Shoeless Boy.

Megan blows her whistle, giving everyone an evil eye. That whistle’ll get way old way fast. “Tell us a bit about yourself, Kangaroo Kate.”

My face burns. I decide not to tell them this is my first job. Ever. “I’m going to be a freshman at Belmont University in Nashville this fall. I’m the arts and crafts director here this summer.”

Shoeless Boy stares at me some more and I stare back. Ride in my pouch? Really?

We move on to other counselors. A girl sitting on the swing says, “I’m Alligator Andrea and I’m a senior at Middle Tennessee State University, where I’m majoring in communications. I’m also the president of Chi Omega Tau.”

This guy Iguana Ian howls like a wolf, and everyone cracks up. “Huh?” I whisper to Parker, who’s sitting on the steps.
She plays with a clump of her long messy hair. “Chi-O-T.

Coyotes? It’s a sorority.”

I raise my eyebrows. I didn’t know Christian girls joined sororities.

Next up is Shoeless Boy and I hold my breath, waiting to hear his name and interests and what he’s doing here this summer.

“I’m Marsupial Matt—”

“That’s not an animal,” I interrupt, and everyone gives me weird looks.

“Sure it is,” he says with a laugh.

“It’s a classification, not a specific animal. A kangaroo is a marsupial.”

“I know,” he replies. His mouth curls into a smile.

“What does that even mean?” Andrea asks, using the same tone as before.

“It means that a kangaroo is a marsupial.” He shrugs, and glances at me again.

She flicks his thigh, then musses her hair, watching him for a reaction. So Andrea likes Matt.

He looks so familiar.

He clears his throat. “Now, as I was saying, I’m Marsupial Matt—”

I accidentally snort and laugh, and Matt smiles. Will’s mouth falls open as he looks at me.

“Fine,” Matt says to me. “I’m Matt Brown the Mutt, and I’m from Bell Buckle. I’ll be a junior at MTSU this fall. I’m majoring in literature and I’m getting a minor in classical guitar. I’m the camp lifeguard.”

About the Author:

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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.

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15 Comments

  1. krsz
    3/15/2013

    Circles Divided

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  2. Amanda T
    3/15/2013

    Oh that’s hard!
    Maybe The Sky is Everywhere

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  3. Samantha P
    3/15/2013

    Such a touch question to answer. I think I’d go with Sophie & Carter just because I read it recently and I absolutely loved it.

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  4. Tiffany Sill
    3/15/2013

    Either One of The Mortal Instruments books by Cassandra Clare or one of the Lux books by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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  5. danielle james
    3/15/2013

    ‘The Sky is Everywhere’ by Jandy Nelson is my all time favorite book!

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  6. Great review. I just picked up the first book in this series.
    You mean I can only pick one books to go in my “favorite” grab bag? Okay, Nocturne…

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  7. Katie Amanda
    3/16/2013

    The Hunger Games..Thanks!

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  8. sarah perry
    3/16/2013

    It would be the book that started my love of read, The Giver by Lois Lowry :)

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  9. Majuchan
    3/16/2013

    That would be LOTR.
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  10. Leigh
    3/16/2013

    Only one? Anything YA I guess. :)
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  11. Céline G.
    3/18/2013

    My must have : “La nuit des temps” by René Barjavel, a awesome french SF book. Thanks a lot for the giveaway!

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  12. Lisa Vazquezanzua
    3/18/2013

    Since just about everyone has read The Vampire Academy Series and the other popular ones I would definitely put the Poison Princess in there!! I just loved this book. Its just so different and I could not put it down!

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  13. Mariella
    3/22/2013

    I don’t know something from Jennifer L. Armentrout or one of Cassandra Clare TID books

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  14. Avie S.
    3/22/2013

    Clockwork Princess :D

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  15. Christina T
    3/22/2013

    The Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent!

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