Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
Released on October 2, 2012
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After her family’s 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. (from Sourcebooks)
Miranda Kenneally won me over the first time she mentioned Harry Potter and Seinfeld in this book, I loooove both of those things and loved that the characters in this novel were also big fans. As you might already know I was not a huge fan of Catching Jordan, I liked it but didn’t love it. Stealing Parker though was totally different for me, I started loving this book from the beginning, I had a huge smile on my face from the start and my feelings for it didn’t change at all throughout the novel, there was absolutely nothing that I didn’t like in this one. I thought Parker was amazing! She was such a fun character to read about and even though her choices weren’t always the right ones I understood her and felt a connection with her, I felt what she was feeling and that’s what I love whenever I read a book, to be able to connect with the main character.
While reading this novel I kept thinking that I loved that Miranda added so many things I’m familiar with, like the church beliefs and the way certain “Christians” think about homosexuality and how they would just turn their backs on anyone that doesn’t think of things they same way as they do. I mean I’m a Christian and I definitely don’t act that way but I’ve seen some that do. Also the forbidden romance between Parker and her teacher, I kept being reminded of my own teenage years, I too had an experience that was very similar to Parker’s and I guess that’s why I understood her feelings so strongly.
There were so many reasons why I loved this novel, not just the connection I felt with Parker but also the friends she had, Drew was wonderful and funny, supportive but scared about his own feelings and life, I wanted to just give him a huge hug. Then there’s Will, oh Will,, I knew there was something I loved about him from the beginning, he was just that perfect type of friend that would also make a great boyfriend because he understood you and didn’t have an easy life either. I mean even Miranda’s dad which made me laugh quite a few times and her mother who’s not much in the picture but it’s still a great character made this book so enjoyable. The whole thing was perfect and I felt giddy throughout most of the novel, even more through the very steamy scenes. Loved me some kissy scenes even though they were WRONG WRONG WRONG!! But they feel so right when you’re in those moments, and I was just sitting there reading without blinking just neglecting everything around me. Even though I wasn’t in love with Catching Jordan Miranda definitely made a fan out of me with Stealing Parker, I will be looking forward to reading her next book and hopefully many more after that.Pin It