Things I Can't Forget
Hundred Oaks #3
Published March 1st 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…
About the Author
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.
Kate just wants her best friend back, the one from before 'the secret'. But that is not in the foreseeable future. So she takes on a summer job before heading off to college at Cumberland Creek Summer Camp in hopes of receiving 'the sign' from God to help her see the right path. With a hot boy from her past and a camp ground full of drama, Kate has her hands full in her search to rediscover herself.
Kate and Matt. They are an awfully cute couple. I love the banter between them and the way that they both compliment and contrast on another. I have to say that I quite admire Matt's ability to put up, and even love, Kate's extreme views and positions when it comes to her religion. Everything is What will the people at church think if I do this? and But my church says that we don't do that. All. The. Time. It sounds bad when I phrase it has way, but Miranda built her up in such a way that you expect this of her and anything different would be suspicious and weird. Matt's a pretty great guy once you get past the whole never-wears-shoes thing. He knows how to have fun while still staying true to himself and his faith, and not afraid to voice his opinion. And then there is the other main couple, Parker and Will (aka. Corndog), from the previous book, Stealing Parker. I have to admit that it took me a couple of chapters to realise that the Parker in this novel is the one and the same from Stealing Parker. The same kind of goes for Will, because I had been so used to he being referred to as 'Corndog' - thinking about it now, I don't think that he is called Corndog once in this whole novel... Parker and Will acted as a model relationship, in a way, for Kate. It was something for her to envy and criticize, as well as pose as a support and friend network for Kate.
I love Miranda's writing and all the books that had been in the Hundred Oaks series thus far, but finding out about the heavy focus on religion kind of had me thinking twice about reading this book. Then I was like, what the heck? And boy am I glad that I did. Miranda approaches Kate's and the other character's religion in such a way that you don't feel as though she is preaching at you throughout the novel. I think Things I Can't Forget takes you on the same journey of discovery about the both sides of the fence when it comes to religion. You can relate when Kate is faced with people that hold opposing views to her and you can't understand the path that they have chosen to take. I think what Miranda is trying to portray is that our faith is something that we feel inside, that is unique to the bearer, and that as long as you believe, that is all that matters.
Thing I Can't Forget is a fun light read that has you both laughing and questioning your opinion of the faith of others and yourself. I highly recommend this series and cannot what for the next installment, Racing Savannah.
4 out of 5