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Things I Can't Forget (Hundred Oaks)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  7,443 ratings  ·  669 reviews
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’
Paperback, 308 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire
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I was really hoping the main character would be stabbed out of nowhere on the last page.

She wasn't.

I'm upset.
Being a big fan of Miranda's books since I read and fell in love with Catching Jordan I was only a little weary when I was told this one involved some religion-which I usually quickly turn away from in books. I must say, however, that as usual, Miranda used her magic and turned this into an immensely sweet read, making the religion aspect a simple fact of the story like anything else. Every protagonist has passions and dreams that we get to see as a part of them, this is how religion plays a par ...more
This book was a conundrum and pure confusion. The first two books in the series were about spunky girls who played sports so, naturally, I expected Things I Can't Forget to have a similar theme. Imagine my complete shock when instead of reading a sports themed book I got to read about some overly annoying religious girl.

I get the message that the author was trying to make: it's okay to have religious morals and be young. It's a difficult and admirable thing to try to attain for anyone, let alon
"Does being in love mean forgetting everything you know? Or is it about folding that love into your life? Because right now, I have no idea how to balance that"

Things I Can’t Forget touches upon a more of a difficult situation for our protagonist compared to the previous two books. Jordan and Parker both had tough decisions to make too and horrible situations to deal with but I found Kate was hit much harder. Kate had no one to confide in, as she’d isolated herself away from her best friend afte
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
A chance to win Things I Can't Forget is happening now on my blog; 2 x winners and it's international. Ends March 28th 2013.

"He grins, and looks around. "Are you King Crab Kate?" I cover my mouth with a hand. " Oh my gosh - you're Miniature Poodle Matt!"

I adore Miranda's work! Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker were fantastic reads, which I rated 4 stars each, however, Things I Can't Forget gets a massive 5 star rating from me. Third time's the charm rig
4.5 stars.

I'm going to start by stressing that I am not religious. Not at all. For this reason, I tend to be annoyed by books that push religion at me or that in any way promote, display, depict... you got the gist.
So that I rated it so high in itself speaks volumes.

The story is about holier-than-thou Kate, who goes to work as a counselor in a Christian camp during the summer. She's just lost her best friend Emily, who's been kicked out of the house after they discovered she got an abortion. K
Molli Moran
I have a LOT of mixed feelings about this. On one hand, the romance was sweet, and I was glad to see Parker back! On the other, Kate was SUCH a judge mental hypocrite, and I wanted to stab her, repeatedly. So, there's that. Full review coming once I vent in draft form, then find a way to make sense of my thoughts.

Final Review:

I finished Things I Can't Forget last night, and I need to vent in order to get some things off my chest before I can actually begin to form my words and thoughts into a c
Trish Doller
I read an earlier draft, but I'm so looking forward to the final copy because this is my favorite of Miranda's books, so far.
While Kate was very different from Parker (Stealing Parker) and Jordan (Catching Jordan), I still really liked her! I've already seen reviews that call her judgmental and they say that they didn't like her, and I'll agree that she was definitely judgmental, but it didn't stop me from enjoying her character or her story.

In fact, her being judgmental was one of those character flaws that made me enjoy her more, and while at times it had me wanting to rip my hair out or made me want to shake her, K
Danielle (Love at First Page)
This review is paired with Racing Savannah and can also be found at Love at First Page.

He grabs my hand and tangles our fingers together, and I remember how this felt on our first date.
Right and perfect, even thought we're anything but right and perfect. But being with him smells better than salt on the breeze first thing in the morning at the beach. It tastes better than homemade vanilla ice cream. It feels better than dragging a paintbrush across canvas.
~Things I Can't Forget

"You are really
Mar 16, 2013 Nick rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc

After Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker, Miranda Kenneally is on my auto-buy list. When the opportunity to review her latest title, Things I Can't Forget, came up, I jumped right into it. Although I loved Kenneally's first two novels, I have to say that Things I Can't Forget is my favorite, which is very surprising since I'm not into too much religion in my books.

Kate was a surprisingly intense character that I really enjoyed reading about. I had no idea that I would end up loving her so much
I just can't get behind this one. I don't like the main character at all. She was judgmental, hypocritical, naive, and selfish. She wanted everyone to understand her beliefs but felt no obligation to understand or accept theirs. She had no problem spouting her thoughts on sex and relationships and God to others when she believed they had sinned but didn't like it when people called her a Jesus Freak. Her feelings were hurt by them but she couldn't understand how she had affected them. I'm also t ...more
Sep 05, 2012 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012, ya
A companion novel to the equally fabulous CATCHING JORDAN (out now) and STEALING PARKER (out Oct 1!), this follows Kate as she spends the summer before college as a church camp counselor, questioning her faith as she falls in love for the first time. This book has amazing characterization. At the beginning of the book, Kate’s seldom questioned her fundamentalist Christian church’s teachings, even though it’s caused a major rift between her and her BFF. She isn’t immediately popular with some of ...more
Siiri (Little Pieces of Imagination)
This series has been tough for me in the sense that I loved Catching Jordan so much. It suited me well at the time and I still adore it to pieces, but Stealing Parker, while still enjoyable, was not exactly my cup of tea. I liked it, but not as much as the first book. After hearing how people felt like Things I Can’t Forget was a tad preachy.. Idk. I was expecting to feel lukewarm about it, but guess what? I actually liked this one!

“Learning is never a bad thing. And neither is changing your min
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I've been a fan of Miranda's since I read Catching Jordan, and I will definitely read anything that she writes. Still, I must admit that I entered on Things I Can't Forget with a certain amount of trepidation, having heard some talk of the focus on themes of religion and the personality of the main character. I feared I might not like this one much, but, actually, Things I Can't Forget has turned out to be my new favorite of her three books.

There is no doubt that Kate will rub a lot of people th
Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
Miranda has once again proven herself to be among the stars of the contemporary YA genre with her newest book, THINGS I CAN'T FORGET. While CATCHING JORDAN will probably always be my favorite of hers, I think THINGS I CAN'T FORGET gave it a run for its money, especially in the guy department! The storyline is heartbreaking and yet seductive at the same time, making for one heck of a ride for the reader. There are many things I won't be able to forget about this book!

Kate is the epitome of a good
Jessica  (My Not So Vacant Shelf)
View more of my review and others at my blog:

I love Miranda Kenneally’s writing. I hope that she writes for years to come! Although this book doesn’t have the sporty title like the two before it, and although it doesn’t really involve sports, doesn’t stop this book from rocking like the first two. This book is heavily focused on religion, mainly on Kate’s beliefs and where they fit into her life. At first I didn’t really like Kate, I thought she was judgementa
This ARC review will be posted at my blog, The Flyleaf Review closer to the book's publication.

* Things I Can't Forget is the 3rd book in the Hundred Oaks Series. It is a companion novel to both Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker.You don't have to read either of those books before starting Things I Can't Forget, but I think you will get much more out of it if you do:)*

Like I mentioned in the above disclaimer, Things I Can't Forget is a companion novel to author Miranda Kenneally's first two boo
Jess (Gone with the Words)
Read this review on my blog! --> Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally

I’ll tell you what I soon won’t forget...this book, that’s what!

Miranda’s books have always struck a chord with me. I’ve always been able to relate on some level, therefore making her books really memorable for me. But what she did to me with Things I Can’t Forget was beyond that. I hung on every word of this book like it my life depend it on it.

I’ve often found myself struggling with religious beliefs and my meaning
At this point I have read a ton of reviews for Things I Can't Forget. Almost all have given Miranda Kenneally high praised (very well-deserved) for her writing and the story. Almost all have also mentioned having a hard time connecting with Kate. I am absolutely not trying to argue or discount those feelings, each person comes to a book bringing their unique outlook on life and relationships. What I want to do is offer an alternative point-of-view in regards to Kate.

Kate Kelly is maybe the bes
Jess (Gone with the Words)
{Re-read} This narrator was FANTASTIC. Of course, I had to listen to the book on 1.5x speed (how I listen to all re-reads) because sometimes they read to slow for my liking, but even then, she was great. Kate still came across so confused by everything that was challenging her life-long beliefs, but even then I still had nothing but patience for her and her growth. I’ve never not liked her because I know she’s an open and good character that just needed time and guidance. And Matt. Oh, man, Matt ...more
Judith (Paper Riot)
3.5 or 4. I didn't like Kate at first, but her character growth was great. Parker and Will were amazing in this one. Much better worked out than Stealing Parker, though that one gave me more feels.
Things I Can't Forget is probably my favorite of Miranda Kenneally's books. It's fun and cute just like the rest but it's also such a powerful story. I was seriously impressed and I'm even more excited for her next book now.

Where do I even begin? I loved everything about this book! At first I was a little nervous because I'd heard some really mixed things but I went in with an open mind and I'm so glad I did. Kate was really judgmental and preachy at first but I really suggest you just get past
Interview & Giveaway on the blog!

Kate helped her best friend through something really difficult. It was something Kate didn't believe in so now she just can't move on. Her friend is trying to move on and Kate continues bringing up all the guilt so no one can move on. They get in a big fight. Kate has to work at a summer camp without her. Kate flashes back to the emotional event throughout the book. It weighs heavily on her mind.

Kate is very hard to rel
Jenni Arndt
Over my time as a blogger I have become a huge fan of Miranda Kenneally’s work. Her stories are sweet, they’re romantic, and she always manages to weave athleticism into them without making them feel like “sports” stories. Things I Can’t Forget became one that I was highly anticipating but I was pretty nervous about it because I was forewarned that it dealt with some hot button issues of mine. Touching quite a bit on religion and abortion, this novel took me by surprise as it was a pretty rough ...more
Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
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 a
Lelia Nebeker
Miranda Kenneally’s latest novel 'Things I Can’t Forget' tells the story of a girl whose religious beliefs are tested when her best friend decides to get an abortion. Faced with the guilt of helping her friend terminate her pregnancy, eighteen-year-old Kate Kelly struggles with the arguably un-Christian customs of the camp she’s working at over the summer, such as male and female counselors sleeping in the same cabin. When she falls for one of the other counselors, Kate starts to question her ow ...more
This is the third book I’ve read by Miranda Kenneally, and I enjoyed it as much as I did Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker. Parents looking for a clean read to get for their teenage daughters, I highly recommend the Hundred Oaks series. Each book can be read as a stand-alone and every story deals with one or the other moral dilemma faced by teens today. Things I Can’t Forget specifically deals with teens having to make tough Christian-value based decisions in today’s world where issues such as ...more
Miranda is such a fabulous writer. I love her stories, they feel so authentic. If you are a fan of contemporary/realistic fiction, and you haven’t read her books… GET ON IT!

I will admit I was a little apprehensive when I started this novel. There were some aspects of religion and I was afraid that it was going to be preachy or forced, but it wasn’t. It was actually portrayed really well. It was an extension of Kate herself, and it was also one of the main reasons for her struggle throughout the
4.5/5 stars

Things I Can't Forget was such a pleasant read. I have read Kenneally two previous books in this companion series and enjoyed them, but I have to say that Things I Can't Forget is my favorite so far. I read it in a couple of hours and just wanted more! I seriously need more of these amazing companion novels. I think this is a great direction for contemporaries. I am NOT for contemporary series, but companions? they are perfect, especially when you get to see the main characters of the
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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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“Maybe all that matters is that he’s right for me, and I’m right for him.” 36 likes
“Learning is never a bad thing. And neither is changing your mind about things…It’s always good to reevaluate. To think and consider all sides.” 32 likes
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