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Blog Tour: ‘Things I Can’t Forget’ by Miranda Kenneally Review and Excerpt

Blog Tour: ‘Things I Can’t Forget’ by Miranda Kenneally Review and Excerpt

I received this book for free from blog tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: ‘Things I Can’t Forget’ by Miranda Kenneally Review and ExcerptThings I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #3
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on March 1st, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 308
Format: eARC
Source: blog tours
three-stars
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...

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review

Warning: Mild sexual thoughts are sprinkled throughout the book.

Kate is the good Christian girl who does no wrong, who doesn’t drink, or do drugs, and certainly doesn’t have a boyfriend. Until her summer job as a camp counsellor, she meets her childhood friend Matt who shows her how much she’s been missing.

I loved Catching Jordan, and I couldn’t wait until Stealing Parker, so once I knew another book was in the works, I immediately signed up for the tour. Miranda’s writing is witty, and simple and her style is just so easy to read that I get lost in their world..Even if it’s only for a little while. I was a little disappointed about the lack of plot, but then again most contemporary reads are just day-to-day musings of the main character’s lives right? It’s also in the way the teenagers were represented. Christian teenagers who used their faith to be the good person, yet what they really did were normal teenage things such as partying and drinking.

I can’t decide whether I like or dislike Kate because her thoughts are so muddled by her beliefs. I can’t even understand some of her logical thoughts..Sometimes I would want to shake her and other times I would want to hug her. She’s definitely a character that grows and matures, and I liked reading along as she finally realized it. I always find that reading a character who has such different beliefs would be hard, and it was in this case. Kate definitely is flawed, and that’s probably what makes her character so relatable.

Characters
Good characters with flawed pasts.

Pacing/Length
Just right.

Cover/Design
Adorable, but isn’t Kate supposed to have black hair???

Plot
Not a lot of plot to keep the story going, but it was still nonetheless a cute book.

Overall, if you love cute romance novels and even more flawed characters, then read this one.


quotes

I know some people wonder whether Heaven and Hell truly exist, but do those people question whether gravity exists? Or oxygen? You can’t see those with your naked eye, either. I can’t see cologne on a guy’s body, but I can smell it. I may not be able to see Heaven, but feel inside, I can feel it.
You’re not a real man unless you can admit you cry.
It’s like, the older people get, the more they change.

excerpt

Girls like me do not buy pregnancy tests.
I drag my pencil down the paper, drawing tears rolling from her eyes.
Girls like me sing in the church choir. Every spring break, I go on mission trips to Honduras, where we renovate houses for the underprivileged. I do all my homework every night, and before I go to bed, I kiss Daddy’s cheek and tell him I wish he’d go to the doctor about his blood pressure and start getting more exercise than walking Fritz and scooping his poop.

I’ve only kissed one boy my entire life

Emily called that day, crying. “Kate,” she said between sobs. “You can’t tell anyone. Not even your mom.”

I drove to Walmart two towns away, over in Green Hills, so no one would see me buying the test. I trembled as I carried the box to the self-checkout lane. I scanned, bagged and paid, and bit back tears, because my best friend of fifteen years—since we were three years old—might have accidentally gotten pregnant by her long-time boyfriend.

I didn’t even know they had had sex. It’s not something they would tell. If anyone found out that Jacob, son of Brother Michael—our preacher at church—got a girl pregnant out of wedlock? Chaos.

It wouldn’t look good for Emily either. She’s like me. Always wears clean T-shirts and none of her jeans have holes or loose strings. She would never even think about smoking a cigarette. She doesn’t go over the speed limit. She plays the violin and has a scholarship lined up to attend Belmont University in Nashville.

But Emily made a mistake.

I use my black coloring pencil to shade her hair. My red pencil fills in her lips, turned upside down in a frown.

And then I made an even bigger mistake: I helped her.


rating

3/5

three-stars

29 Comments

  1. Marlot Schonewille

    December 24, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    I read the book two weeks ago and I loved it! I can’t wait to read Racing Savannah 🙂

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  3. Cali W.

    July 12, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Great review! I like Miranda’s books they are a fun reads. <3

  4. Kaci Verdun

    May 30, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Thanks for the review! I really enjoyed ‘Catching Jordan’ and ‘Stealing Parker’ but wasn’t sure of this one. I like cute romances so i’ll have to check it out!

  5. Diana Grace

    May 15, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    I haven’t had a chance to try this series yet… Sounds like it’s quite good, thanks for the review! 🙂

    – Diana @amalia_chartres

  6. Sophia Rose

    May 15, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    I haven’t tried this series yet, but I enjoyed the review and excerpt. I don’t mind slow-paced internal dialogue stuff once in a while.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Danielle S.

    April 19, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    I’ve read the first two books in this series. I can’t wait for this one.

  9. Erika

    April 18, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    I’m curious what her secret is but thinking this one may be a little too slow paced for me. Thanks for your thoughts! Such a cute cover!

  10. Chanpreet

    April 17, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    I’ve read and enjoyed Miranda Kenneally’s other books. I’ve been hesitant to pick up this book due to its religious over/undertones, but that excerpt is something else! I gotta know what happens.

  11. Tina

    April 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    I really want to read this book too! This sounds like such a great story and I can’t wait to read it.

  12. Christina K.

    April 15, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Really LOVED this one!! In all fairness, I love anything Miranda Kenneally writes, but I see what you mean about it being her day to day life.

    Lovely review and LOVE the excerpt:)

  13. Stephanie

    April 15, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    I loved this quote: You’re not a real man unless you can admit you cry.”

    🙂

  14. Amber

    March 31, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    I’ve heard good things about this author but havent read any of her books yet. I will have to try her. 🙂 Thanks!

  15. Jessica

    March 31, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    She’s one of my favourite new authors so excited to read this!!

  16. Jolene A

    March 31, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    I have yet to read Catching Jordan yet, but am intrigued with this series. Not something I want to rush out and buy but something I would like to read down the road. Great review

  17. Armando Read

    March 30, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    The cover of this book is so… cute? And illuminated. But is not the type of book that I like read.

  18. Lisa Richards

    March 16, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    This has been iffy for me and I believe it will just have to wait.

  19. bn100

    March 16, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Very nice review and rating chart.

  20. Jaime Lester

    March 15, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    As a Christian, who was once a teenager trying to live her life right, I am looking forward to Kate as a character. I think Miranda Kenneally is just a fantastic writer. I don’t think she could write a book that I didn’t like. I haven’t had the chance to read Stealing Parker yet, but I adored Catching Jordan. I think I will adore Things I Can’t Forget, too!

  21. Jessica

    March 15, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    I just read Catching Jordan and I can’t wait to keep reading the series! Thanks for the review

  22. Grace Lo

    March 15, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Would you believe that I have not read a single book in the series? (I feel ashamed . . .) It’s really interesting how religion can effect a teenager’s life, I mean, a ton of teenagers just want to let go, something that some religions deem as morally wrong. Glad you enjoyed it!

  23. Alicia

    March 15, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    I seem to be in the minority when it comes to Miranda’s books. I loved Stealing Parker more than Catching Jordan. I really liked both books but Parker’s story was better in my opinon. I can’t wait to get my hands on Kate’s story.

    Great review!

  24. Adriana C

    March 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    I´ve Catching Jordan on my shelf but haven´t read it yet. I need to catch up with this series.

  25. Cha

    March 14, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    I already read this, and so much I love this. 🙂 Your review has judged the book fairly. keep it up 🙂

  26. Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    March 12, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    I have been meaning to start this series for a while now after hearing nothing but great things about it. I love books and cute stories like this. Kate sounds like a fantastic character and I can’t wait to meet her!

    Brilliant review and thanks for sharing the awesomesauce quotes and excerpt! 😀

  27. Melissa

    March 12, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    I love flawed characters as long as they show growth! should check this author out someday!

  28. Lily

    March 12, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    I’ve only read Catching Jordan by Miranda and even though I serouisly loved that book i hadn’t gone into Stealing Parker since I didn’t think it would live up to what I first felt about her first book. I’m thinking though that I might read catching jordan and then read this one since it looks really cute 🙂

  29. Jessica

    March 12, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    I’ve read Catching Jordan and I can’t wait to read the rest of this series

  30. Giselle

    March 12, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Haha Kate is quite the character huh? It’s kind of sad in a way that she hides behind her beliefs so much. It’s good to have faith and belief but I was happy to see her grow and realize that not everyone shared what she thought was right. So happy you enjoyed it I <3 Miranda!

  31. may

    March 12, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    I love the quotes! sounds intriguing!

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