Review: Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally
Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally
March 1, 2013
Source: ALA MW
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…
Miranda has once again proven herself to be among the stars of the contemporary YA genre with her newest book, THINGS I CAN’T FORGET. While CATCHING JORDAN will probably always be my favorite of hers, I think THINGS I CAN’T FORGET gave it a run for its money, especially in the guy department! The storyline is heartbreaking and yet seductive at the same time, making for one heck of a ride for the reader. There are many things I won’t be able to forget about this book!
Kate is the epitome of a good girl in every single aspect. She never misses a day of church, doesn’t act out in any way, and dresses modestly. I thought it would drive me crazy but Miranda somehow makes it work. Kate may seem perfect on the outside, but she has a lot of inner turmoil to deal with. One of these things she has to conquer is her guilt that she aided her best friend in getting an abortion. This is a very touchy subject among basically everyone in this society, but I think Miranda handles it very well. Another problem Kate has to work through is her relationship with God and what it means for her when she begins to have something very special blossom with Matt, the love interest. It isn’t an easy journey for Kate in any way, but I was beaming for her by the end of the book!
Fans of Catching Jordan must know that I think that Matt rivals Sam Henry. He is extremely realistic, sweet, gorgeous, funny, and an all-around awesome guy who I wish was real! On top of that, he’s a long distance runner training to run a marathon barefoot. Adorable and hot! Matt and Kate’s relationship also happens to be one of the sweetest and spiciest romances I’ve had the pleasure of reading about in YA. One moment they are “innocently” flirting, the next they aren’t able to keep their hands off each other. Make sure you have a fan nearby when opening THINGS I CAN’T FORGET. You’re going to need it!
One thing I love the most about Miranda Kenneally’s book is that she doesn’t slack on the character or plot development. I came to adore some of the secondary characters like Ian and Eric, yet also felt extreme anger at Megan. Kate’s friends and enemies were mine, too! And the plot. Oh, wow, the plot. Abortion and religion are very difficult subjects to tackle in any area, but they are handled beautifully in THINGS I CAN’T FORGET. It’s not at all preachy or too much to handle. Kate has to acknowledge her role in both before she finds the person she is and the one she is meant to be. I don’t think Kenneally could have executed it any better than she did by the end.
THINGS I CAN’T FORGET is most definitely one book that I will be re-reading over and over again in the future. Readers will be laughing and crying and laughing some more right alongside Kate and Matt on their journey of self-discovery.