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Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

Monday, November 5, 2012
Synopsis: Red-hot author Miranda Kenneally hits one out of the park in this return to Catching Jordan's Hundred Oaks High.

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?
 
Review: Stealing Parkerwould have been more aptly titled Finding Parker because that is what it is essentially about. Parker Shelton’s journey to find herself and figure out who she is following her world being turned upside down. I really liked Parker I found her doubts and insecurities to be very real and thought that while at times I wanted to shake her to make her realize the mistakes she was about to make found her journey to be realistic and she herself to be a very interesting, realistic character. Parker was dealt a tough hand her mom left, her Dad checked out, her friends abandoned her, she quit a sport she loved, and has basically had the rug pulled out from under her. Parker is forced throughout the story to face up to her mistakes and she learns from them, she is really a great character.
There were elements to the book I did not like, such as the relationship that develops between Parker and the new Coach. I found it to be a little bit squicky and I was uncomfortable reading their scenes together, I understood why she was drawn to him but I really wanted to shake her and tell her what a bad idea it was. My favorite characters in the book were Corndog aka Will Whitfield and Parker’s best friend Drew. Both were interesting in their own rights but their relationships with Parker changed and developed throughout the book adding more depth to both characters. Another element of the story I really enjoyed was the changing and developing familial relationships between Parker her father, mother, and brother. Their family has been shaken to its core and it is interesting to see how they each deal, or don’t deal with it, and how it effects the other members of their family. Overall this was a great read with some awesome characters and some teen angst that was really deep and well-written.

REVIEWED BY: JENNIFER

~ 4 DIAMONDS ~

 
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