Speed Date and Blog Tour with Kate: THINGS I CAN’T FORGET by Miranda Kenneally

Posted 28 March, 2013 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 16 Comments

THINGS I CAN’T FORGET (Hundred Oaks #3) by Miranda Kenneally
YA Contemporary Romance
320 pages, paperback
Available now (March 2013)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

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…

First Date: Kate’s a little…stiff. She seems uncomfortable in her skin, even uncomfortable with the size of her faith, which takes precedence over friendships and separates her from those around her. Not that there’s anything wrong with having a strong faith but she uses it almost as a weapon, poking it at people when they don’t do what she expects or believes is right. And she’s especially uncomfortable with herself because she’s done something she believes is wrong, even though she did it for a friend.

Second Date: Matt’s a great influence on Kate, getting her to relax a bit and to unwind. He seems like such a happy-go-lucky guy, making those around him smile. The connection between Matt and Kate is tenuous at first but grows throughout the summer as both reach out to one another.

Third Date: Kate and Matt are a cute couple, once they work things out. Kenneally really has a talent for creating a sweet, enjoyable love story. However, if I saw this couple out in public, I think I might gag just a bit (I have a cutsie couple gag reflex. I can’t help it.).  

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16 Responses to “Speed Date and Blog Tour with Kate: THINGS I CAN’T FORGET by Miranda Kenneally”

  1. I have been really excited about this book. I wanted to buy it, but since I don’t own the previous books (I don’t think…) I figured I’d wait to get it from the library. I have heard a lot about Kate’s ‘stiffness’ and judgmental ways but I think the religious side of things may actually be something I connect with since I grew up in a strict religious home where people were very judgmental. (I still get in arguments with my family about things since they aren’t nearly as accepting as I am, I love EVERYONE and judge no one.)

  2. Yes, Kate does make you uncomfortable both because she’s judgmental but also because she flogged herself over helping her friend (Emily wasn’t it?). I kept wanting to tell her to get over it. But then again, I don’t have the same strong feelings as she does.

  3. I know I’m going to struggle with Kate a bit in the beginning of this book, but I agree completely that Miranda has a gift for writing adorable couples and an enjoyable love story, so I’m excited to read it. I like that Kate grows so much throughout the story and learns about herself and the world around her outside the tenets of her particular church.

  4. I’ll have a hard time with Kate’s character at first too, especially since I’m not Kinneally’s biggest fan. I’ve read Jordan and just moderately enjoyed it, but I just recently won Parker and I’m determined to give the series another chance.

  5. Oh Kate and Matt are totally sweet and adorable and I’d probably gag a bit too if they were in front of me. 🙂 Kate is definitely hard to warm up to, and you’re right, Matt is so good for her. I’m not sure I could have read the book if he and the other counselors didn’t make an impression on her and she didn’t change her attitude. If this date was just Kate, I’d conveniently lose her #.

  6. Glad you managed to enjoy it despite the pretty tough issues and how off-putting Kate is at the start. I can definitely see how it might not be for everyone, but I really liked the character journey. =)