Review: Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally + Guest Post

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Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally Gone with the Words Review

5 Stars

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 my life depended it on it.

I’ve often found myself struggling with religious beliefs and my meaning in this life, whether there’s a heaven and if I’m headed there when I die or I’ll just seize to exist. My point is, all those things made it easy for me to empathize with Kate. Because even though we may not have struggled about the same things sometimes, I’ve struggled with something having to do with who I want to be. Kate’s a girl whose world is no longer as black and white as it used to be and it’s affecting her deeply. I felt sad for Kate a lot while reading this book. I even cried for/with her at certain moments in the story. I just felt for her.

One of the things I loved most about this book was the fact that it was about good people. Everyone was likable. Well, except maybe for the camp director. What a B! lol But anyway, for this book to be filled with so many good people and the story not be boring is, to me, a great accomplishment. Better yet, to have the love interest be unbelievable swoony and amazing, funny, and sexy is like the Holy Grail. It’s nice to not have a boy break the girl’s heart in a book every now and then, y’all! We don’t always want to read about bad boys, right?! Think of Wes from The Truth About Forever…Matt is on that level. SA-WOON!

Another great part of this book was Matt and Kate’s families. They were loving and supportive and GOOD PEOPLE! I love reading about close families. They make me smile more than anything.

I loved how big a role Parker and Will (from the previous book, Stealing Parker) played in Things I Can’t Forget. I felt better to see how well she was doing and I can’t think of a better person to help Kate with what she’s going through.

This is for sure my favorite Hundred Oaks book so far. I’ve loved every book more than the last and I hope that trend continues, but Things I Can’t Forget will definitely hold an irreplaceable spot in my heart. :)

Book Info

Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #3
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Pub Date: March 1st 2013
Pages: 320
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: ContemporaryRomanceYoung Adult
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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…

Guest Post

Top Ten Secret List: Learn about ten upcoming characters from THINGS I CAN’T FORGET and RACING SAVANNAH (Dec. 2013)

1. Kate Kelly: Kate is the heroine of THINGS I CAN’T FORGET. Kate is 18, a recent high school graduate, and she’s working as the arts and crafts director at a summer camp, where she meets up with Matt Brown, the boy who gave her her first kiss.

2. Matt Brown: Matt is the love interest in THINGS I CAN’T FORGET. Matt is 20, in a fraternity, and plays the guitar. He’s also training to run a marathon barefoot! He’s getting over a bad breakup with his ex-girlfriend when he meets Kate. Is Kate really the girl for him, or will dating again just lead to more heartbreak?

3. Emily Mansfield: Emily is Kate’s former best friend. They got into a fight after high school, and without her, Kate doesn’t know who she is anymore.

4. Ian Hot Boy With No Last Name: In THINGS I CAN’T FORGET, Ian is the wild crazy guy who cracks me up. He likes to fool around with his girlfriend in inappropriate places and refers to many people as “douches,” but he has a big heart and a soft side. I never gave him a last name, but I love him. Ha!

5. Parker Shelton: In STEALING PARKER, Parker doesn’t have many girlfriends. In THINGS I CAN’T FORGET, she doesn’t get along with Kate at first, but as they get to know each other, is there a chance for a real friendship?

6. Savannah Barrow: Savannah is the heroine of RACING SAVANNAH. She’s 17, a senior in high school, and she works at a high-stakes horse farm, doing everything from hauling hay to shoveling manure to mopping floors. She’s been living in the servants’ quarters all her life, but she wants nothing more than to become an exercise rider and work with the horses that compete in big races like the Kentucky Derby.

7. Jack Goodwin: Jack is the farm owner’s sexy son. Jack is being groomed to take over the farm one day, so his father makes him manage the estate and staff. Even though he’s attracted to Savannah, Jack knows he won’t be considered a responsible, gentlemanly farm owner if he goes after a member of his staff.

8. Marcus Winchester: Marcus is the villain of RACING SAVANNAH. Marcus is a rival farm owner’s son, and he has a past history with Savannah, which doesn’t make Jack too happy.

9. Rory Whitfield: Rory works on the horse farm in RACING SAVANNAH. He’s the younger brother of Will Whitfield (Corndog!) from STEALING PARKER. Rory lives next door to Jack and Savannah and he’s Savannah’s closest friend. Rory is in the drama club and wants to sell a screenplay to Hollywood.

10. Vanessa Green: Vanessa is the younger sister of Ty Green, the love interest from CATCHING JORDAN. Vanessa has a thing for Rory Whitfield… and is rather shocked that Rory has Star Wars sheets and sleeps with a Chewbacca stuffed animal.

About Miranda Kenneally

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. Visit

Jess @ Gone with the Words

9 Responses to “Review: Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally + Guest Post”

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    Ginger @ GReads!

    I loved Matt’s character, too. Especially how he tested Kate’s beliefs, but not in a negative way.. more like, let me show you a different way to see things. I think we all need people like that in our lives :) Happy to hear this book affected you in such a positive way, Jess!

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Yes! You’re totally right, Ginger! And I’m glad Katie let herself be open to that. Thanks, G!

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    Nice review, Jess! The more I think about TICF, the more I can see how people can see Kate as a great character. *I* couldn’t, but that’s just me! A lot of people seem to really like and click with her, which is great.

    I swooned so much over Matt. I LOVED that he wasn’t a bad boy, but was a good, awesome guy, and was really good for Kate.

    And that post. Well darn it. Now I want Racing Savannah NOW!

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Aww, yeah, well I can see why Kate could be an unlikable character to some. I am happy we can agree on Matt though!! :D

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    Kristilyn (Reading in Winter)

    Matt! *swoon*

    This wasn’t my favourite book in the series, but I went in it with caution and ended up really liking it. It really was a great read — a departure from her usual writing, but a welcome departure.

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      YAY for Matt swoonage!! :D

      I’m glad you ended up liking it after all!

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    I am so glad that you mentioned the leader of the camp. I felt I had so much to say in my review and when it was done… I was like can I mention how that person was such a creep! WTF.

    So many things to love about this book, as well as how past characters fit into the environment so well and didn’t feel forced.

    Yes, families! That’s a big big big thing I noticed in reading all the books back to back. Even if things weren’t perfect, there was some kind of strong unit there. I like that aspect a lot.

    Great review! :)

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    I’m new to the Miranda Kenneally fan club – I just read Stealing Parker the other week – but I am blown away by how relatable her characters are. I think Things I Can’t Forget sounds like a really important book because I think a lot of teens struggle with religious identity and YA doesn’t usually touch on it.

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    Heather @ The Flyleaf Review

    Loved this book too. Also my fave of the Hundred Oaks series and I loved Parker had such a big role too (I probably relate to Parker the most on a personal level.)

    And woo hoo! for Racing Savannah character tidbits! So excited to read that book:)

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