Release Date: October 1, 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.
Stealing Parker is the companion novel to Catching Jordan. It is funny, unique and gripping. Those who love a good YA contemporary romance should pick this one up.
This book is about a teenage girl named Parker Shelton who goes full-out to show that she is not like her mother, who is lesbian and ran off with her partner. Parker leaves her sports career behind and transforms her muscles into curves that all boys want a piece of. But then a hot new assistant baseball coach turns up and Parker is drawn into a relationship that is both dangerous and exciting. We all knew that she had something to prove but this might be taking it a step too far...
Reading Stealing Parker was a lot of fun! I laughed, I cried and I smiled. I simply loved it. The characters were interesting with unique personalities. At times, I did feel like the story was going around in circles but when the main plot kicked in the book gets a lot more exciting and there wasn't one moment that I could put it down.
Parker is a strange girl who I didn't warm up to immediately because of her wild and crazy life, but when Parker's past is revealed, I finally understood the reason for her actions and the girl underneath all the worry and pressure. As the book progressed, I warmed up to her character but couldn't help but get frustrated with her at times because of the unwise choices she makes.
Miranda Kenneally writes some very realistic contemporary books that are easy to fall into and enjoy. I've heard that there is going to be a few more books in this series, which I am ECSTATIC about because I absolutely love each story so far. Oh okay, I know only two books are out so far but I know they'll just get better and better! The next book, Things That I Can't Forget, is in March 2013.
If you are interesting in reading Stealing Parker, I would recommend that you read Catching Jordan first, it's not unnecessary but it will give you a better idea of the minor characters that appeared in Catching Jordan.
- A big thanks to Sourcebooks for providing me with a review copy!