Things I Can't Forget

Things I Can't Forget - Miranda Kenneally I just can't get behind this one. I don't like the main character at all. She was judgmental, hypocritical, naive, and selfish. She wanted everyone to understand her beliefs but felt no obligation to understand or accept theirs. She had no problem spouting her thoughts on sex and relationships and God to others when she believed they had sinned but didn't like it when people called her a Jesus Freak. Her feelings were hurt by them but she couldn't understand how she had affected them. I'm also tired of the 'boys will be boys' idea and that guys are all just waiting around to have sex until some girl says it's ok. You know what? Some guys want to wait. And some girls want to have sex. This whole setup just plays into the 'girls who want sex are sluts, but boys who want sex are just boys' idea. And it really isn't fair to either gender and I'm tired of it. But the author is right about some things. Adult relationships are hard. Crisis of faith are hard. Growing up is hard. The world is a big place full of people who are different from us. You just need to be happy with who you are, trust in what you believe in, and let others do the same. We can love people but don't have to love everything about them. We can all live happily together, we just need a little understanding. I get what the author was trying to do with this book, and I really loved Catching Jordan, but I just wish this had felt a little less judgemental and a little more coming-of-age.