Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: March 1, 2013
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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.
Miranda Kenneally stole my heart after I read Catching Jordan. When I heard that Stealing Parker and Things I Can’t Forget were going to be companion novels to Catching Jordan, I was thrilled because I wanted more of her books. Normally, when I start a book, I always read/skim the synopsis just so I’m a bit aware of what I’ll be reading, although, sometimes that does take away the surprise factor of the story. My initial reaction to the tidbit about the “religious discussions” found in the TICF synopsis had me pausing before I played. I was a bit wary because I found that it was a heavy factor in Stealing Parker and although that also was the case in TICF, I found that it was more of a parallel factor that played in the growth of our protagonist, Kate.
Things I Can’t Forget is different from CJ and SP in that sports weren’t the main part of the storyline, not that I minded. It was about discovering that people are different and everyone will have opinions and it’s all okay. I think Kate was a great character who I could easily relate to. Her whole life, she grew up believing in God and what her church has told her but as things between her and her best friend crumble, she’s left questioning everything she’s ever known.
After graduating high school, Kate (along with Parker and Will—yay!) lands a job as a counselor at Cumberland Creek Camp. Throughout the summer, she constantly goes back and forth between what is right and what is wrong, how lying to help a friend is a blend of both. She questions everything as she realizes that there’s a fine line between being good and being bad, that not everything is as it seems. I was really able to connect with Kate when she was trying to understand everything that was… confusing. I loved that she didn’t just go with the flow, that she questioned what everything meant, why was she was doing this, how feeling a certain way was possible, etc. At this camp is where she reunites with Matt, the guy who gave her her very first kiss way back when.
I loved how they were together, how she was so forward and blunt with him, although, at times it left me feeling a little cheesy. Up until camp, Kate was a good girl who never got involved with anyone because that’s how she was raised. So the more involved her and Matt become and as their relationship progresses, the never-ending questions in Kate’s mind start to kick up a storm that leaves her reeling from all the things that don’t make sense. I loved that Matt was so supportive of her even when he didn’t understand; I loved that when he was able to tell something was wrong, he didn’t demand her to explain. They were two lost and hurt people who were just looking for a way to understand and see the light.
Things I Can’t Forget is a great coming of age story about finding yourself and belonging, about love and friendships, and about the gray matter that hides between the black and white. Kenneally definitely does it again and if you loved the first two, you have to pick this one up!