Red-hot author Miranda Kenneally hits one out of the park in this return to Catching Jordan's Hundred Oaks High.
After a scandal rocks their conservative small town, 17-year-old Parker Shelton goes overboard trying to prove that she won't turn out like her mother: a lesbian. The all-star third-baseman quits the softball team, drops 20 pounds and starts making out with guys--a lot. But hitting on the hot new assistant baseball coach might be taking it a step too far...especially when he starts flirting back.
Miranda Kenneally's books always seem to pull me in from the moment I start them. I recently read Stealing Parker and I thought it was an amazing companion novel to Catching Jordan.
The main character, Parker, has quit softball and makes sure to kiss a lot of boys, to drive off rumors that she likes girls- like her mom (who left their family). Since her mom left, her church and old friends no longer want to have anything to do with Parker. When the new baseball is both young, cute, and also takes an interest in Parker, things start to change for her.
I liked Parker a lot as a character and I understood what drove her to be the person she was. She gave up something she loved, softball, just because she was judged so harshly. I thought she really started to change and realize that she didn't have to try so hard to be unlike her mom, when she got in a relationship with the coach for the baseball team. She ended up making a lot of mistakes along the way, but I overall she was such a nice and good person, whose actions were pretty misguided
Parker has a best friend, Drew, who's a really funny person. Also, there’s another guy, Will, who’s called Corndog (after a particular incident ;) that starts to become friends with Parker. He was an amazing guy to read about, he cared so much for Parker. I also really enjoyed how Henry and Jordan, from Catching Jordan, made reappearances a few times in Stealing Parker. Overall, I’d give this book four out of five flowers. Stealing Parker is an awesome, realistic read that I'd highly recommend to any contemporary fan who loves a great heroine.