Goodreads Summary: 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…
Review: AHHHH! Yes. Yes. YEEESSS. As you can tell, I loved this book. After reading both Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker, I had very high expectations. I was surprised that this book ,in particular, did not involve sports like the two previous books. Unlike Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker, Things I Can’t Forget dealt with Christianity. Being a strong believer in Christ, I appreciated this book entirely. I’m not sure if Miranda Kenneally is Christian, but she dealt with the religious aspect flawlessly. Even if you are not the religious-type, you will still enjoy Things I Can’t Forget.
Kate, who is dedicated Christian, goes to work as a counselor in a religious summer camp. She’s just lost her best friend Emily, who’s been disowned by her parents when they discovered she got an abortion. Kate helped Emily get the abortion and feels like God is ultimately ashamed of her. For most of the book, I felt like Kate was the most annoying character ever.
She’s subjective, her vision of the world is restricted to her little community, and she’s SO UPTIGHT. Parker, Will, and Matt are likable characters, normal, reasonable, good kids, good at heart not only because they’re good Christians (in fact, if you remember Parker from the previous book, you know she messed up quite a lot). Why is Kate so STUBBORN!!
However, what made me fall in love with this book, was the depth of Kate’s spiritual growth. There are some big topics tackled in this book and I have to say, they are really well explored. Through Kate’s eyes, and with the help of some other characters – her dad’s speech, in particular – we see her questioning what she believes and striving to understand what it is that she really believes versus what’s been fed to her. Add to that the fact that Kenneally writes some amazing romance and you got yourself a great contemporary YA piece of lit.
Overall, this book was spectacular. Everything- the characters, the setting, the writing- was perfection! Also, if you’ve read Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker, the main characters in both books ARE in Things I Can’t Forget. I practically jumped up and down screaming when Sam Henry and Jordan were in the book! 🙂
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Until next time…
Catcha later bookworms!