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Things I Can't Forget

Things I Can't Forget
By Miranda Kenneally
Sourcebooks Fire, 2013
Audience: Older Teens

Source: Edelweiss/NetGalley

From Goodreads:
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 of all, this was the perfect title for this book. Kate had a lot to deal with before the start of the story and everything haunted her. She didn't know how to move on from what happened. It was a very powerful story and reading it definitely affected my emotions. I couldn't imagine being in Kate's place. As I read, I thought, what would I have done? Would my choice have affected my life as much as it did for her?

The best thing about this book was that I could tell that the author had respect for all teens and especially her characters. She didn't make them seem stupid or ignorant. Everyone had growing to do and nothing about the story was condescending. She treated them like they were their age and doing their best that they could with the hand they had been dealt. The characters never seemed stupid or like they were missing what was right in front of them. I loved it.

While this book was an emotional roller coaster, I really enjoyed reading it. It was different from her other two, but I was glad to see Parker again! She was in this book more than I thought she would be. I look forward to Miranda Kenneally's next book.

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