Mar 4, 2013

Blog Tour: Miranda Kenneally - Things I Can't Forget

Miranda Kenneally - Things I Can't Forget

• Pub Date: March 5, 2013
• Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
• Format: Paperback / Ebook, 320 pages
• Age Range: Young Adult
• Source: Author/Publisher


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 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...

My Review

This book is fun, fresh, and sweet. It's a huge departure from some of the "normal" stuff we have out there t choose from. Miranda Kenneally has a way with storytelling. 

I enjoyed this book much more than I originally thought I would. With the presence of religion in this novel, I thought I wouldn't really care for it. At first I was shocked because Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker are definitely not very religious. The theme is there in those books at times, but it's not as overwhelmingly present  as it is in this book. 

Kate is struggling with her belief in God because of a sin she committed. Now at camp she reconnects with Matt, and she wants to sin some more. She works with wondering if she can have it both ways throughout the book. Being not religious in the least, I kept trying to tell her to go with her heart! But it's not that simple when her heart is in both places.

If you remove religion and just think of the story as a struggle between two opposing ideas, it's much easier to understand when you're not religious. It's very simple for me to substitute religion for something else when trying to pick between two things that both seem so right but cannot combine. Plus, Matt is a sweetie and totally a boy you can fall in love with. *sigh*

Kenneally delicately weaves this tale of balance and trying to find it. Kate changes throughout the book, finding out who she is and who the people around her really are, losing judgment and assumption along the way. She grows in a wonderful way, and it was interesting to see. I'm very glad I read this book at this point in my life. I'll keep reading Kenneally's books until I die. :o)

Bottom line: It's a departure from Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker, but it's a companion novel and it's very good. Sweet and fun. Enjoy!


4/5 book sharks

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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  1. I'm usually not a big fan of books where the main character is religious, but I am bery interested in this one.

    First one in my grabbag would be Bloodlines by Richelle Mead <3
    Penny Pe

  2. My first in the grabbag would be any Maria V Snyder book. Her books are all awesome.

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  3. Mine is anything by Gayle Forman & Melina Marchetta; they are awesome.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    1. Oh I realize I forgot to put my email.

      poprincez[at]gmail[dot]com :)

  4. Miranda has such a great way with her books and especially the romance in it. So happy that you enjoyed it!

  5. I just finished reading Catching Jordan and LOVED it, enough so that I can't wait to get to all of Miranda's other books! I can already tell, even after just one books, she could be on the way to one of my top authors.

  6. I have to read these books. And Mickey, if you're a fan, I know I'll love them :-)

  7. I've enjoyed Miranda's previous books and I'm REALLY excited to hear that you loved this one so much! I find it interesting how you described your impression of the religious aspect of the novel - I am fairly religious, and I'm very curious to see how Miranda handles some of those struggles (which I think I'll REALLY be able to relate to) and I'm glad that it didn't detract from the book for you! I'm reading this one soon and can't wait to see how I feel about it :)

    Brenna from Esther's Ever After

  8. Hopeless is my favorites grab bag... but I'm really looking forward to these books! :) This author has been on my list to check out for a while now.

  9. I have this one on my Nook - preordered it in fact. It's one of the main reasons I want to get caught up on all my review books. I love Miranda's writing and her characters, so I can't wait to meet Kate. I thought Miranda really handled the religious undertones well in CJ/SP so I'm sure it's the same way in this one!

    Fantastic review, Mickey! You've made me a bit more excited for this book!

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

  10. First in my grab bag would be Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire!
    Loved Catching Jordan! It was such a great contemporary YA book. I'm really looking forward to more by Miranda! :)

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  12. First in my grab bag would be A soul screamer novel!
    Loved Catching Jordan! I'm reading a bit more of contemporary YA lately and really looking forward this one

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  13. I would totally put Catching Jordan in my grab bag :)

    And I'm with you - I'll be reading Miranda Kenneally books til I die - she is just SUCH a talented writer. I <3 her books so much.

    thebookcellarx @


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