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Title: Things I Can't Forget
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #3Published:  March 1st, 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire
Source: borrowed from MHS Library

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…

Mrs. Beamer's Review:
I can't decide how I feel about this book.  I absolutely LOVED the first two books I read by Miranda Kenneally...Catching Jordan & Stealing Parker (click on titles for my reviews).  So, my expectations were high for this book.  While I didn't enjoy it as much as the previous two books, I did finish it (which is saying something these days!).

I liked the summer camp setting.  I liked the supporting characters.    I liked checking in on Jordan.  I liked Matt.  I found Kate a tad annoying :(  My problem with Kate stemmed from a lack of connection with her.  I just didn't get it.  I can't really say anything else without spoiling the story, so I'll just leave it at that.  

However, despite not liking the main character, I did enjoy the book.  This speaks highly to the author's ability to weave a compelling story.  I easily recommend this book for high school students...adults that like YA?  Not so much.

Mrs. Beamer’s Wrap-Up Rating: 0-5 (0=none, 5=lots) click here for more info
Language: 1
Violence: 0
Sexual Content: 2.5
Drugs/Alcohol: 1.5
Recommend for High School Libraries: YES
Comfortable With My Child Reading: high school

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.

Fractured by Sarah Fine

OK...those who know anything about me, know Sanctum: Guards of the Shadowlands was HANDS DOWN my favorite book of 2012.  Numerous students at my high school did projects in their English classes using this book.  And I believe Sarah Fine is brilliant.  I CAN'T WAIT TO READ BOOK TWO!!!

Well...I was browsing my blogger roll a few minutes ago and ALMOST STOPPED BREATHING!!  There is a review of Fractured...meaning others have read it and I haven't!!!  (I could get envious at this point, but that is not my nature.  I genuinely am thrilled for the early reviewer!!)  Not wanting to spoil a moment of my reading pleasure, I skimmed her review through splayed fingers :)  The following sentence caught my eye:

"OK, Sanctum was one of my favorite books of 2012. It was just amazing. So I knew that Fractured would be even better and I was so right."
(click here to link to her full review)


Yippee!!!!!!!  I had a feeling this book would impress.  Happy to see I won't be disappointed!!!  Can't wait until my pre-ordered copy downloads to my Kindle 10.29.13!!  I won't be getting any sleep that night :) 

Finalists for Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

The FIVE finalists for the prize which "recognizes Canadian writers of exceptional talent" have been announced!  The winner will be revealed November 20th in Toronto. 

Have you read any of these books?  I am adding "The Eliot Girls" to my TBR list :)  

Monday @ MHS Library...

This weekly feature is home to all the latest & greatest at your MHS Library!

I have added lots and lots of NEW BOOKS to our collection this past month...FUN!!!  Here are a few of my faves...

Be sure to check out the MHS Library Pinterest Board NEW BOOKS - FALL 2013 for a complete list of ALL the new books in your library!  EXCITING!!!

Yes...things have been crazy insane this first month of school.  I am looking forward to finishing the Genre-fication of the library.  Almost there :)  Once that huge project is completed, be ready for another exciting announcement! 

Have a great week!
~Mrs. Beamer