Contemporary / Contemporary / Miranda Kenneally

Things I Can’t Forget (Hundred Oaks #3)

Things I Can't Forget (Hundred Oaks #3)TITLE: Things I Can’t Forget (Hundred Oaks #3)
Miranda Kenneally
Sourcebooks Fire
March 1, 2013
320 pages
Stealing Parker
Racing Savannah (coming 3 Dec. 2013)

SYNOPSIS: 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…

Note: Mature themes, sexual situations, religious discussions.

5 starsREVIEW:

The main theme in this book is dealing with self-suffiency. Kate is a Christian and she is constantly worrying about sinning and what people and her church will think about her. While Kate is a counselor at a summer camp, she is faced with many temptations and challenges throughout the summer. The problems that Kate is faced with are realistic and can relate to not just Christians, but other people as well. Being a Christian myself, I could relate to some of Kate’s problems she was having trouble with. Usually, Kenneally’s main plots deal with more of a sporty agenda, but it was reversed in this book; dealing with religion as the main focus.

Kate→ the book is in Kate’s, first POV. We see a lot of change occur with Kate as she finds herself. With the issues at summer camp, her problems with her best friend, and discovering what major she wants to take in college, helps her develop her own person.

As soon as I began reading this novel, I was drawn in by all the different personalities each character had. I love how I was able to feel the vibe of each character from their looks to their demeanor. We get to see one of my favorite characters, Will Whitfield aka Corndog, from the previous book, Stealing Parker. Keneally, as always, did a great job with creating these characters. You actually felt like you were at the summer camp yourself.

At the beginning of the story, we are sucked into one of Kate’s problem as she is destroying herself with the guilt of a sin she recently committed. As Kate’s temptations progress, we see her face more difficulties as she is learning how to make her own decisions. I love the ending of the book as we see a work in progress with most of the characters. It shows how one is not perfect, and that it is okay to make mistakes.

Style & Setting:
One of my favorite things about reading Miranda Kenneally’s work, is how she describes the scenery in the most simplest way. It is full with clarity and understanding. I almost never have to go back and read a description again (unless I’m not paying attention of course…haha). The humor and the enviroment when hanging with teenagers is in full blast throughout the novel and the struggles of trying to do what is best is tangible and heartfelt.

I believe this book could really help a Christian who is going through the same problems as Kate when it comes to living up to what you believe and feel comfortable with versus what others think you should do.

Lesson Learned? Make your own decisions and do what you know is right. Do not let others control your life.

**Highly Recommended

Book Cover: .5 (I love how on the the couple on the front of the cover are literally off the main trail, and making their own in the grass. It really plays a role with Kate and Matt’s relationship.)
Character Development/Plot: 3 out of 3
Interest: 1 out of 1
Imagery: 1 out of 1
Total: 5+ stars


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