Friday, 22 February 2013

Blog Tour for Things I Can't Forget (Hundred Oaks #3) by Miranda Kenneally; Review, Author Interview + Int Giveaway

Things I Can't Forget (Hundred Oaks, #3)
Posted by Donna
Release Date: March 1st, 2013
Finished Date: December 29th, 2012
Publishers: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Loaned 
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US / The Book Depo

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…

Note: Mature themes, sexual situations, religious discussions.

The Review: "He grins, and looks around. "Are you King Crab Kate?" I cover my mouth with a hand. " Oh my gosh - you're Miniature Poodle Matt!"

I adore Miranda's work! Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker were fantastic reads, which I rated 4 stars each, however, Things I Can't Forget gets a massive 5 star rating from me. Third time's the charm right?

Kate is a good girl who always tries to do the right thing. She believes in God and while that's a good thing, it's drummed into her that every decisions she makes she has to remain true to God. But when her best friends has an abortion with Kate's help, she believes she's left herself and God down and now she's trying to make up for her mistakes. However by trying to make up for her mistakes she's missing out on the most important times of her life - being a teenager.  So when Matt comes long she realises she has to work out who she really is and how she can live her life to the fullest without jeopardising her beliefs. 

 "I don't know what makes me feel more guilty: that I love how he touched me when I should hate it, when I should have pushed him away, or how I couldn't heard God's warning because of the way Matt made me feel."

Things I Can't Forget is A-MAZ-ING! I managed to read it within space of a few hours (which if you know me, is not easily done) but once I started reading, I simply couldn't put it down. Everything from the get go was so intense and I have to say, I was worried about the religion in the story. I don't believe in God and sometimes religion can come across quite strong for a non-believer but Miranda Kenneally didn't over do it. She told a story about a girl who has strong beliefs in God and not once was it overwhelming - it was completely enjoyable. 
What made it so enjoyable for me was how much chemistry the story has. In Miranda's previous stories, the romance is toned down and it slowly creeps up on you but, with Things I Can't Forget, it's there within the first few chapters. Kate and Matt have so many laugh out loud moments that it was just so easy to love them. And Matt is easily my favourite guy that Miranda has wrote about so far - he's just so much fun and so very dreamy. 

"My favourite is when an eight-year-old girl named Lizzie sings "Jesus Loves Me" in the purest voice, and when she gets scared and I think she might run off the stage, Matt sings sings along with her as he strums his guitar. Leaning against a tree, as bugs chirp around me, as warm wind rustles the branches, that's when I know it for real. I want him." 

All in all, Miranda Kenneally's Things I Can't Forget is definitely a story you won't forget.  It's a story that will speak to many people. I just love how her stories always send the right message to her readers and I can not wait for Racing Savannah to see what Miranda comes up with next! 

A big thank you to Jasprit from The Reader Den for loaning me her copy! You rock girl! 
MeAuthor Interview with Miranda Kenneally 

When did you first start writing?
I was 8 years old when I started writing really crappy stories about poodles that joined the circus and did the high-wire. Then I started writing stories about families with 5 sets of twins and 5 sets of triplets and like 30 Golden Retrievers. At the time my naïve self thought it would be cool to have that many brothers and sisters and dogs. 

Do you have a favourite place to write?
Yes! In my green chair. I like having candles, books, pillows, pictures and a blanket around. Not pictured is a Diet Coke. I usually drink a Diet Coke while I write.  

Can you tell us a little bit about what you’re working on now?
I’m about to start writing a book I’m calling “Marathon Girl Ouija Board Book.” (The title will most likely change. Ha!) It’s about a girl who’s running a marathon in honor of her boyfriend who died. It was his dream to run a marathon. 

Questions relating to Things I Can't Forget
What was your inspiration for writing Things I Can't Forget?
I had a friend in high school who got pregnant twice. The first time she decided to have the baby, and I helped her figure out a way to put the baby up for adoption. Mean kids at school made fun of me for helping my friend and it was hard for me to handle. The second time she got pregnant, she wanted an abortion, and asked me to help her. I decided not to help her because I thought my parents would find out and get angry with me, or that people at school would make fun of me even more. To this day, I am ashamed that I let what other people think affect my decision. I am not sure if I would’ve helped my friend, but I should have at least made my own decision. THINGS I CAN’T FORGET is all about learning to have your own beliefs, but learn to respect the beliefs of others as well.

What’s your favourite quote? 
The set-up is that the guy character, Matt, loves this restaurant called “Just Tacos.”
Kate says: “So what does Just Tacos have to do with kissing?”
And Matt replies, “Besides the fact I absolutely love both?” 

Can you tell us how you chose the characters names?
Honestly, Matt and Kate’s names just came to me. I didn’t think about it too hard. There are two nasty girls in the book: Megan and Andrea. I had originally named Megan “Missy” but then I remembered that was the name of a friend’s wife! So I changed it to Megan. And one of my critique partners is named Andrea (Andrea Lynn Colt), but she didn’t mind being named after a villain!

Who is your favourite character?
Matt, obviously.  If I had to pick a non-Matt character, I would say Ian. He is snarky and fun and real. I found it funny that he hooks up in inappropriate places at camp!

Author Bio;
Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.
And now for the giveaway! 
Because I LOVED Things I Can't Forget so much, I'm offering two winners a copy of the book. 
- Open Internationally providing The Book Depo ships to you.
- Ends March 28th
- Extra entries are available but of course, are optional.


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Oh this is such a fab review Donna, I absolutely adore Miranda's books too and despite religion being a prominent theme in this book, I still thoroughly enjoyed it! I can't wait for Racing Savannah either! :)

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