Stealing Parker

Stealing Parker

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"A hero who will melt your heart."--Jennifer Echols, national award-winning author of Such a Rush

Parker Shelton pretty much has the perfect life. She's on her way to becoming valedictorian at Hundred Oaks High, she's made the all-star softball team, and she has plenty of friends. Then her mother's scandal rocks their small town and suddenly no one will talk to her.

Now Parker wants a new life.

So she quits softball. Drops twenty pounds. And she figures why kiss one guy when she can kiss three. Or four. Why limit herself to high school boys when the majorly cute new baseball coach seems especially flirty?

But how far is too far before she loses herself completely?

Praise for Catching Jordan:

"A must-read for teens! I couldn't put it down!"--Simon Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series

"With a clever, authentic voice, Kenneally proves once and for all that when it comes to making life's toughest calls-on and off the field-girls rule!"--Sara Ockler, bestselling author of Fixing Delilah
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 17.78mm | 295g
  • Naperville, United States
  • English
  • 1402271875
  • 9781402271878
  • 119,732

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"Stealing Parker was a fantastic book with all the elements I enjoy in contemporary YA. I like books with issues, but I enjoy some lighter moments as well, things that lighten up the more serious aspects. And Miranda Kenneally completely delivers!" - Candace's Book Blog
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18,704 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 33% (6,188)
4 33% (6,186)
3 25% (4,641)
2 7% (1,258)
1 2% (431)

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(Source: I own a copy of this book.) 17-year-old Parker is all set to be valedictorian, but since her mother announced that she was a lesbian and divorced her husband to go and live with another woman, everyone gossips about her behind her back, and the other kids at school spread rumours that Parker is a lesbian too, just like her mother. Trying to prove that she's not a lesbian, Parker drops 25 pounds, and starts hooking up with random boys, without pursuing a relationship with any of them. She's not going to have it said that she is a lesbian. Since Parker dropped softball (it was her mother's favourite sport), she's now stuck coaching the baseball team, the good thing? All those guys! Parker sets her eyes on one in particular though, one who's clelarly off limits - the new coach, Brian. Parker and Brian start something, even though it risks Brian's whole career. Can Parker and Brian really be together though? Is making out in a truck enough for Parker? And will she ever speak to her mother again? This was on okay contemporary YA, but there wasn't really much romance in it. Parker was understandably upset over her mother leaving them for her lesbian lover, but I think more than anything she was upset over the way the town reacted to what her mother did. Not only did the kids at school turn on her and bully her, but also the people at her church who she thought she could rely on. I was really disappointed in people's reaction to Parker. She had done nothing, she wasn't even supporting her mother in her decision, yet somehow Parker ended up being bullied and alone, and even felt that God didn't love her any more. There was some romance in this one, but not much. Parker pursued this relationship with the coach, even though she knew she shouldn't, but I personally didn't like the way her behaved towards her. He seemed to very quickly be pressuring her to have sex with him, and even told her that most of his friends did 'it' on a second or third date. He didn't seem to take into consideration that she was a virgin, and only 17, and that she maybe wasn't ready to do that with him or anybody. He seemed to care very little for her thoughts or wishes, and he behaved rather selfishly. Instead of explaining things to her in a sensitive manner, he just went off on one, and then pressurised her to have sex again. Brian - I don't like you. And how many books have a love interest called 'Brian' anyway. Not a sexy name. I have to say that I was quite surprised about the religion part of the storyline. I didn't expect there to be the storyline where Parker is worried about God not loving her, and is upset because people at church look at her funny and judge her because of her mother's actions. I didn't mind this part of the storyline, but I know it might out other people off. I also wasn't expecting there to be quite so much about baseball either. I'm not a big sports fan, and I have to say that I found some parts of the storyline with regard to baseball a bit boring. I was happy that the book had a kind-of happy ending, but I would have liked there to have been more romance. Overall; an okay YA contemporary/ coming-of-age story. 6.5 out of more
by Sarah Elizabeth
As part of the Home Run Blog Tour highlighting Miranda Kenneally's sophomore book, Stealing Parker, I am thrilled to be able to share with you some of my thoughts on the book, a special guest post from Miranda, AND a giveaway for one of you lucky readers to win a copy of this new release! Catching Jordan was one of those books that completely took the YA book world by STORM- and even I had to admit that I was pleasantly impressed by Miranda's debut release. Needless to say, there's been a fair amount of anticipation surrounding Stealing Parker as a result. And while I wasn't completely sold on Stealing Parker's story, it struck me as an excellent companion to Catching Jordan and proves that Miranda has a very strong voice to contribute to the YA world with her stories. Reasons to Read: 1. Realistic, flawed characters: My favourite part about Miranda's stories is that she doesn't shy away from asking hard questions and tackling tough issues and making her characters deal with them head on. She doesn't tiptoe around anything, and I think Stealing Parker is a devastatingly good example of this as Parker finds herself in a situation just begging to blow up in her face. She's often struggling with where she needs to draw the line, and I appreciated how her actions did have some ugly consequences - because Parker was living in the real world. 2. Complicated questions: Remember how I mentioned that Miranda doesn't shy away from the tough issues? It's easy to see why Parker feels like she's dealing with a life crisis when you consider her fairly young age, lack of guidance from those around her, and the numerous changes she's had to adapt to in her life. Parker has to question everything she's known and relied on in her life, from her faith to her parents and even her closest friends. There's just something so raw about Parker's life, and I imagine a number of readers will be able to relate to at least some of these issues in one way or another. While I felt like the build-up and anticipation in the story was wildly successful, it was the conclusion that left me feeling a tad uneasy. For the most part, Parker comes out relatively unscathed - and it felt just a little too much like all the issues had been neatly wrapped up and tied with a pretty little bow. It isn't that everything turns out perfect (because it doesn't), but I think that my strong sense of justice was still holding out for something more and I didn't feel like the plot delivered to my satisfaction. And I personally wished we had delved a little bit deeper into Parker's character. I loved all the layers to her, and all of her messy mistakes and flaws but I don't think it was completely driven home for the reader. I can easily see how some may get tired of her at first, because she is so good at hiding the real Parker behind a mask that I'm not sure she truly shines through by the end. Overall, I don't think Stealing Parker is quite as effective as Catching Jordan - it felt like there was a little too much heaviness for so few pages and like a bit more balance to the story could have worked better. But for fans who appreciate strong contemporary reads that aren't entirely simple, Miranda's books are an excellent place to begin. ARC received from publisher for blog tour & review; no other compensation was more
by Brenna Staats
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