Review: Things I Can’t Forget – Miranda Kenneally

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Title: Things I Can’t Forget [Amazon]
Author:  Miranda Kenneally [website]
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Contemporary
Source/Type: ARC/Net Galley
Stars: 4 of 5

Publisher Description:
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…

My Thoughts:
Fantastic. Things I Can’t Forget was really great. It was different than what Kenneally has written in the past focusing hugely on religious beliefs but even with that difference it 100% had the Kenneally feel. Cute boy? Check. Emotional Turmoil? Check. Character Crossover? Check. Add in the religious aspect, which I am personally fascinated by, although not religious myself, and you have a can’t miss story. And She definitely didn’t miss.

Things I Can’t Forget is Kate story. She is the good girl, the one that has always done the right thing. She is basically a parents dream. But what people don’t know is that Kate has done something she finds morally wrong and is keeping it a secret. Separated from her best friend and working as a camp counselor at Cumberland Creek Summer Camp, Kate struggles with the guilt of what she has done and what she knows all while trying to figure out just what she believes in. Add in the added hormonal stress of Matt, the cute counselor that is from Kate’s past(he was her first kiss) and Kate is in for a whirlwind of a summer figuring out just who she is and that things aren’t so cut in dry as they were when you were a kid.

Honestly, I didn’t really like Kate all that much in the beginning. Much like Parker told her, I found her very judgmental. She seemed to see everything one way and one way only and didn’t see how people could choose to live other lifestyles.  However what I did like about Kate was her ability to grow and develop which thankfully she did. As she got to know people like Parker, Will, Matt, she started to see that people have their own faith and it is okay for them to believe whatever way they want and to make any decisions that they want and it isn’t up to her to judge that or find it morally right. She can be there for someone or not, but that is really all that she has control over. I thank Parker for that and the adorable Matt! Oh Matt, Matt, Matt. Mister Perfectly Imperfect himself. I seriously ♥ him to no end! He was not only smart and adorable, but caring and funny and charming. He was the complete package with faults in all. Because of him I found Kate more tolerable in the beginning then I think I would have. His feelings and actions towards her…swoon!  I can’t gush about him enough. Seriously, I really can’t.  With the addition of Matt and the way he celebrated his faith, Kenneally showed the reader and Kate that there were many ways to believe in a higher power and there isn’t one more right than the other. She showed that there is a time that comes when everyone has to decide what to believe, how to believe and the extent of those beliefs. There is a time to grow up.

We all have that list of writers that whatever they write and put out there to buy we will. Well Miranda Kenneally is one of those for me. She writes it, I want it. With that said it is nice to add she has yet to disappoint! Three book written, 3 books read and I’m a very pleased reader. The thing is that no matter what the subject is or how sometimes mislead the main character is, Kenneally seems to get it and piece it all together in a way that works. She gets her readers and knows what they want so really she is kind of unstoppable e in my eyes. Although Things I Can’t Forget wasn’t my favorite of her books, it still was an awesome story of growing up and that place when you must start deciding for yourself what you believe in and what you stand for. I look forward to more, more, more from this awesome author and story teller.

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Gap Skimmers

I recently purchased a pair of Gap Skimmers and I am in love with them. They fit perfectly and have just the right amount of distress to them. As soon as I put them on the wheels in my head started turning and I started to think how many way I could wear them. Since adds for the Skimmers seem to be everywhere I thought I would share a few ideas I came up with:

 

Skimmers #1

Skimmers #1 by andiabcs featuring ballet shoes

Skimmers #2

Skimmers #2 by andiabcs featuring low rise skinny jeans

Skimmers #3

Skimmers #3 by andiabcs featuring distressing jeans

I must state for the record that I only wish I owned all of these items featured in this photos. Sadly I don’t and probably never will. Just living out a dream with my paper dolls.

How would you style a pair of Skimmers? Do you have a pair or have tried a pair on? What did/do you think?

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Monopoly Money Monday

In this edition of Monopoly money Monday I have decided to spend my money on rings thanks to a suggestion from a savvy ABCer. I must admit that although I have quite a few rings(gifts from friends mostly) I tend to stick to the same couple in a rotation. I have my JCrew Anchor ring which is my current staple and my silver Silpada ring with a green mother of pearl. Those are my go to rings, but every now and then I will switch it up. Since that’s the case, I had fun spending my “bucks” on this challenge.

 

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Lori’s Shoes loris shoes

 

And there you have it, 6 rings, $99.00. Not bad if I say so myself. What ring(s) would you spend your $100 on? Which of the above is your favorite?

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Second Chance Sunday – Want to Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman

This edition of Second Chance Sunday is Sarah Darer Littman’s disturbingly realistic book Want to Go Private?. I still  get the chills thinking about this book it was that real and scary especially in a world where teens live on the internet. This book looks at what happens when a child is unsupervised online for the most part and the dangers that they may face. I warn anyone that is a parent and read this it will freak you out. I’m not a parent and it freaked me out thinking of my 14 year old godchild and how easy it is in a world of faceless communications. A definite must read!

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Title: Want to Go Private? [Amazon]
Author:  Sarah Darer Littman [website]
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Contemporary Realistic
Source/Type: Gifted /Hardcover
Stars: 5 of 5

 

Publisher Description:
Abby and Luke chat online. They’ve never met. But they are going to. Soon.

Abby is starting high school–it should be exciting, so why doesn’t she care? Everyone tells her to “make an effort,” but why can’t she just be herself? Abby quickly feels like she’s losing a grip on her once-happy life. The only thing she cares about anymore is talking to Luke, a guy she met online, who understands. It feels dangerous and yet good to chat with Luke–he is her secret, and she’s his. Then Luke asks her to meet him, and she does. But Luke isn’t who he says he is. When Abby goes missing, everyone is left to put together the pieces. If they don’t, they’ll never see Abby again.

My Thoughts:
A book like this really freaks me out. Not because of the subject but because of the reality of it. Things like WTGP really, truly happen. When I was 14 there was no worry about online predators. Commodore-64 was known for Logo and Oregon Trail, not chat rooms and Facebook. This day and age anyone can be anyone online and that is a scary thought especially when it comes to young teens. And Abby is the perfect example of how easy it can be to become a victim of this kind of crime and why predators look for kids like her.

There was nothing significant about Abby. She was a 14 year old average girl scared to start high school and for things to change. She was under pressure from her friends, her family and school. Her best friend Faith was fitting in as a freshman with no problem and that scared Abby. Instead of talking to someone Abby turned to the Internet and a boy she didn’t know named Luke. Luke was good, very good at getting this naive girl to trust him. He knew what to say and how to say it to get Abby sucked in. He was smooth and slick and made himself seem completely trustworthy and that he loved her. He made her feel special and that was what she needed. By the time he sprung the idea on Abby to meet she was too far gone to see the warning signs.

The part of this book that I really liked was that the story wasn’t just about Abby and how she became a victim. It was also about how it affected the people around her like her obnoxious sister Lily, her parents, the boy who was crushing on her and her best friend Faith. Abby may have been the victim but she wasn’t the only one that had to deal with the aftermath. Every person in her life was affected by this situation and I think it was important that the author showed that. Instead of the whole book being from Abby’s POV the second and third parts had Lily’s, Faith’s and Billy’s POV and showed how her disappearance impacted their lives.

Littman wrote an extraordinarily real story about the dangers of online chatting for teens in current society. It worried me and made me think of my 13 year old goddaughter and the world she lives in. Just a phenomenally amazing book. A must read!

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Interview Style

A friend has an interview next week and requested I try to pull together some interview wear. Now I must admit it has been 15 years since I had to go on an interview so I am a tad out of practice. But as the HR department at my place of business I styled looks based on what I would personally find acceptable. The main thing really to avoid when it comes to dressing for an interview is trends. You want to remain as classic as possible, but can include some interest like color and pattern and even texture. Just make sure the patter is appropriate and dress based on where you are interviewing. If you are interviewing at say, a law firm, I would be as neutral as possible. But if you are interviewing at a less professional place, definitely brighten things up a tad. Also fit is important. Whatever you do end up wearing make sure it isn’t too tight, low cut or too baggy. This is you chance to make a great first impression. If you feel good in what you have on, others will take notice.

 

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Tall
Tall by andiabcs featuring a pencil skirt

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Great thing about all those looks/items? Everything is $50.0 or under! What is you go to interview attire?

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