(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 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth