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We Came Here to Forget

A Novel
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of She Regrets Nothing, which BuzzFeed called a “sharp, glittering story of wealth, family, and fate”, comes a vivid novel about a young Olympic skier who loses everything and escapes to Buenos Aires, where she reinvents herself, meets a colorful group of ex-pats, and becomes enmeshed with a man keeping dark secrets of his own.

Katie Cleary has always known exactly what she wants: to be the best skier in the world. As a teenager, she leaves her home to live and train full-time with her two best friends, all-American brothers Luke and Blair, whose wealthy father has hired the best coaches money can buy. Together, they are the USA’s best shot at bringing home Olympic gold.

But as the upward trajectory of Katie’s elite skiing career nears its zenith, a terrifying truth about her sister becomes impossible to ignore - one that will lay ruin not only to Katie’s career, but to her family and her relationship with Luke and Blair.

With her life shattered and nothing left to lose, Katie flees the snowy mountainsides of home for Buenos Aires. There, she reinvents herself as Liz Sullivan and meets a colorful group of ex-pats and the alluring, charismatic Gianluca Fortunado, a tango teacher with secrets of his own. This beautiful city, with its dark history and wild promise, seems like the perfect refuge, but can she really outrun her demons?

In alternating chapters, Katie grows up, falls in love, and races down the highest peaks on the planet - while Liz is reborn, falls into lust, and sinks into the underground tango scene at the bottom of the world. From the moneyed ski chalets of the American West to the dimly lit milongas of Argentina, We Came Here to Forget explores what it means to dream, to desire, to achieve - and what’s left behind after it all disappears. 

©2019 Andrea Dunlop (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Never wanted it to end

So beautifully written, so wonderfully narrated. Did not want it to end, but when it finally did, the ending was perfectly executed.

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A good book but ...

...it took too long to get to the actual story. I enjoyed greatly the this book moved back and forth in time. The characters were all believable and well-fleshed out. The problem I had with it was how long it took to finally find out what happened. Without revealing too much, I think the story would have been better with knowing the secret in the beginning because it would have interesting to see how the characters developed earlier. I would recommend it but know in advance it is going to take about 75-80% of the book for something to be revealed.