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We Came Here to Forget

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,812 ratings  ·  234 reviews
From the author of She Regrets Nothing comes a vivid novel about a young Olympic skier who loses everything and escapes to Buenos Aires, where she reinvents herself, meets a colorful group of ex-pats, and is swept off her feet by a mysterious young man with dark secrets of his own.

Katie Cleary has always known exactly what she wants: to be the best skier in the world. As
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Atria Books
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Chelsea Humphrey
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I went into this story with medium level expectations; it seems much of women's fiction is being touted as a dark thriller these days, and when those stories fail to deliver on the promise of a stomach churning plot, readers are disappointed. Not so here-Dunlop has weaved together a wholly emotional tale that packs a wallop of a punch right where it counts. There are certainly dark themes dispersed in the narrative, but the weight of this book rests on its ability to deliver the reader a connect ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness was this book so heartbreakingly emotional and beautiful!

I had NO Idea how much I would end up loving this story. I'm so glad that I took a chance on this book and fell in love with Andrea Dunlop's writing.

We Came Here to Forget is a story that presents how we all have inner demons and a past that we want to forget. Andrea interweaves a story of heartache with such grace and beauty among these characters leaving me with tears upon the last page.

It took me multiple sittings to fi
3.5 Stars Rounded Down

You've seen the cover (wow wow wow) and you've read the summary. Katie Cleary is an Olympic skier who has a tragic family secret. The secret becoming public in concert with a career ending injury cause Katie to flee the States to Buenos Aires under a different name. The reader follows Katie in her new life with flashbacks that lead up to her decision to flee.

If you're like me, sometimes flashbacks to the past don't always work. I find myself in the camp of people who reall
Kristy K
2.5 Stars

Beautiful cover for what I am sure some will find as a beautiful story, but I struggled with this one. Katie (Liz) has a traumatic event happen that is somehow related to her sister but it takes almost 80% of the book before we figure out exactly what that is. The book alternates between past and present. I ended up skimming a lot of it. I’m not a huge fan of alternating time lines where the past directly correlates to what’s happening in the present yet each “past” chapter ends with an
Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
The thing about tragedy is that it isn't about just getting through it, it's about getting on with your life when the dust has settled but the landscape is bombed out, smoke in the air, charred remains at your feet. — Andrea Dunlop, We Came Here to Forget
Pick up Andrea Dunlop’s “We Came Here to Forget” asap, and you can thank me later! I really enjoyed this satisfying novel and devoured it in this two days. Gripping, riveting, and page-turner novel about family in crisis, centered around one c
Anna Luce
★★★✰✰ 3 stars

For the most part We Came Here to Forget was a somewhat inconsistent read. Perhaps this is due to the two timelines, one which follows Katie Cleary as she grows up, and the other one focuses on the aftermath a personal tragedy. In order to escape from her unbearable existent (one in which she has just lost her friends, boyfriend, and career) Katie reinvents herself as Liz Sullivan and travels to Buenos Aires.
Although we know that something bad has happened between Katie/Liz and her
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, contemporary, arc
“How fierce is denial when acceptance means losing so much?”

Beautiful! Andrea Dunlop is one of my favorite contemporary authors.

This book tells the story of Katie Cleary, an Olympic athlete who seems to have it all. A loving family, a longtime boyfriend and many awards. But as the story slowly unfolds, we learn that her beloved sister Penny is actually hiding terrible secrets that will ultimately have tragic consequences for their entire family. After the truth is revealed, Katie decides to
mindful.librarian ☀️
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-reads
Totally addictive!
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I think between having high expectations based on Dunlop's last book She Regrets Nothing that I very much enjoyed and realizing the terrible thing the main character's sister had done so very early on, I only liked this in a middling kind of way. Honestly, if I'd known the secret beforehand and that there'd be a fairly detailed recitation of what happened, I'd not have chosen it to read when I did (though I can't say I'd ever have been "in the mood" for the secret subject: (view spoiler) ...more
Angie Pemberton
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5. Interesting story, although the way it was told bothered me a little. Well done with the subject matter and complexity of the story overall.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**We Came Here to Forget generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

5 "Buenos Aires Lonely Hearts Society." Stars

This novel took me on a completely unexpected ride through one woman's journey of triumph, tragedy, pain, and resilience. I've not before read an Andrea Dunlop story but plan to remedy that fact. She explores a very dark side of human nature in this book through eyes of a woman who bears witness to a great collapse in her family and eventuall
Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Atria and Netgalley for gifting me an E-ARC in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.

I loved Dunlop’s last book, and absolutely loved it, so when I was emailed about reviewing her new one, I was really excited. And then, I waited forever to read it, and once I finished it, I was mad at myself for waiting so long.

What I love most about this book isn’t even mentioned in the synopsis, so reviewing this is going to be very tricky as th
Jamie Rosenblit
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I closed the last page of Dunlop's She Regrets Nothing, I knew she had become an auto-buy author for me. When she revealed the cover of We Came Here to Forget alongside the synopsis, I was over the moon. Happily, We Came Here to Forget does not disappoint. I want to preface this by saying that We Came Here to Forget is a totally different kind of book than SRN. WCHTF deals with mental health issues and the impact on families and sometimes, the need to escape as a result. While exactly what ...more
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We Came Here to Forget, publishing July 2019, is the third novel from author Andrea Dunlop. Her previous novels, She Regrets Nothing and Losing the Light, are a slow simmer of sinister motives, with characters often driven by selfish desires and unforgiving flaws. We Came Here to Forget features Dunlop’s similar dark undertones, but with an important distinction: the characters, most of them anyway, know when they’re slipping into self-destructive territory, and beyond that, actually try and hel ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Dunlop and I found her writing to be beautiful and emotional. I enjoyed how the story bounced back and forth between present day and the past as it gave you a bit more about why she wanted to runaway. While you read along you can't help but to feel empathetic toward Katie(Liz) as you learn about her tragic experiences and the events that led to her running away. There was a depth I wasn't expecting and I loved how humanly flawed the characters were. Honestly they were s ...more
Breanne Tuttle
This was a pretty good read. It had unique story elements and location (skiers and Buenos Aires). As with many books, this was an alternating chapter format, where one set of chapters was Katie in Buenos Aires after escaping from a heavily foreshadowed family crisis. She's living the expat life, meeting people and learning to tango. The other chapters were Katie's life before said crisis and what let up to it. The "past life" chapters were much more interesting than the "current life" chapters, ...more
Sarah at Sarah's Bookshelves
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Atria Books for an advanced copy of this book.

I love a good novel featuring a female athlete protagonist and they’re fairly hard to find (ex: You Will Know Me, The Unraveling of Mercy Louis)…so, I’m thrilled to be able to add We Came Here to Forget to the list! The story is told in dual timelines: Katie’s childhood / the lead-up to the incident with her sister and her time hanging out with an eccentric expat group in Buenos Aires while trying to figure out what to do with her life (pre
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite summer reads of 2019! I highly recommend this character-driven page turner.
I devoured this on a European flight and when I returned home I found that I had graciously received a finished copy from the publisher and BookSparks. This will definitely be one of my most memorable summer reads. I can see her quickly becoming a favorite author of mine as her writing is so gripping.

I looove character-driven novels and dual timelines. Not to mention this book being set in Barcelona
Rachel (Words With Rach)
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
We Came Here to Forget captured my attention from the very first page. We learn in the first few pages that a tragedy has taken place, but we don’t know what happened. As the story unravels we learn more about what happened.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I really liked this one; there were moments of suspense and also times that I truly felt for each of the characters. The author had a beautiful way of writing & I really liked the ending. This is definitely an emotional read that includes topics such as menta
Donna Davis
We Came Here to Forget is a story about an Olympic medalist whose life goes so badly off the rails that she leaves the United States and starts all over again in another country under an assumed name. Thanks to go Atria and Net Galley for the review copy. This book is for sale now.

Katie Cleary is an athlete, an Olympic skier whose life is ascending. A crisis involving her sister, Penny forces Katie out of the world of competitive skiing; her name and face have been in the news for multiple reas
Donna Hines
This one had a competing timeline, vague plot, and characters that were more like the spoiled brat v the golden child feel to me.
I simply couldn't connect with the 'superstar' and her dilemma nor the wealthy brothers who seemed to have it all.
It seems apparent from the start this was a competitive family with Katie being at the helm of this sinking ship and Penny getting very lil attention.
As the story unfolds we learn the skiing brothers were quite the powerful dynamic duo so it's not a surpris
Kailey (kmc_reads)
4.5 stars Thanks to the publisher for my free copy.

4.5 stars - absolutely loved this one. I loved Katie’s story, the past & present timeline worked so well for this story and I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what had happened. At a certain point, I had it figured out but overall was captivated throughout this novel. I love a “fall from grace” story where the main character fights her way back - I was rooting for Katie the whole time. Would definitely recommend.
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Cortney Walton
‘’The happy ending is we all survive.’’-Andrea Dunlap

What an amazing book! I didn’t think I would like it due to the dark theme throughout, but I found myself rooting for Katie.

She was judged for something she didn’t have a part in and it destroyed the life she knew. What I found outstanding is how she began to make a new life for herself. How she became brave to take her life into her own hands and let the past stay in the past. The ending said it so well: we are all survivors. Don’t give up.
Carmi Cioni
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Here I am falling for another thriller that promises a “dark secret” and ends up being predictable and not worth the wait.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel took me on a completely unexpected ride through one woman's journey of triumph, tragedy, pain, and resilience. I've not before read an Andrea Dunlop story but plan to remedy that fact. She explores a very dark side of human nature in this book through eyes of a woman who bears witness to a great collapse in her family and eventually her own personal life as a result of the actions of others of which she can not understand. Through a series of toggling chapters between past and present ...more
Carla (happiestwhenreading)
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
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This one wasn't even on my radar until a trusted source mentioned it. As a former college athlete, I was immediately intrigued with the main character, Kate/Liz, as a former Olympic downhill skier. While the story talks about her skiing career a little bit, it definitely wasn't the focus of the story.

After something horrific happens, Kate/Liz is forced off the mountain. On a whim, she buys a plane ticket to Buenos Aires and escapes her current life to recuperate me
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: digital-arcs
Thanks to Atria and Netgalley for the free review copy.

I’m struggling to come up with what to say about this one. I really enjoyed the book until the epilogue. The dual timeline narrative was a great way to tell the story and keep interest and suspense building. The storyline in general was unique and interesting and sucked me in right away. I enjoyed the characters, especially Katie/Liz and following along on her journey. I would’ve been satisfied with the book ending after the final chapter. F
Jul 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’m clearly in the minority for this, but I truly could not connect to this book. I’ve picked it up and subsequently put it down three times, and I think it’s time for both of us to move on with our lives. Based on the glowing reviews, I still recommend giving this a shot, but life is too short to read books that don’t make you love to read.
Kristina Libby
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m a massive fan of Dunlop’s work and this continues to be true in what I consider her best work to date: it’s haunting, emotional, fun and honest. A must read and great for a vacation. I finished it in one day while in Mauritius!
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I'm the author of three novels and the mother of one small human. I write complex, suspenseful books about families with dark secrets and women trying to discover themselves in a world full of contradictory expectations. My stories are set in exciting and exotic locations such as French Riviera, New York City, and Buenos Aires which I hope will give readers an escapist thrill.
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