Book Review: Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally + Giveaway
PROS:Totally plausible and adorable romance; fun flirting; nice balance between serious issues and fun, sweet romance
CONS:It ended too soon—I wanted to see more.....
Another unfailingly sweet, fun and romantic read by Miranda Kenneally!
Stealing Parker is another unfailingly sweet, fun and romantic read by Miranda Kenneally, who charmed readers silly with her debut novel, Catching Jordan.
How does she DO it? How does she make me read about sports I don’t care one iota about? Football….snore. Baseball….double snore. I know, I’m un-American and awful, but our nation’s past-time just does not do it for me….unless Miranda Kenneally is writing about it. Then, I’m suddenly interesting in sliding runs, doubles, triples, fly balls, etc.
Stealing Parker manages the tricky feat of delivering a romantic and light read while exploring deep, tough issues—including drug problems, the damage a divorce wreaks on a family, religious tensions, and teens dealing with their sexuality. Kenneally has proven once again that she is a sparkling new talent in the contemporary YA crowd, and I couldn’t be more thrilled that she’s writing more. I will read anything this woman writes; the addiction has set in.
Why we ♥ Stealing Parker:
Parker is a woman on a mission—she’s going to prove she is nothing like her mother, that she can absolutely hook up with boys, even if it ruins her reputation. But she doesn’t want anything serious…that might actually lead to pain, and she’s had enough rejection and pain for a lifetime, between her mom leaving her father for another woman, and her best friends abandoning her in the wake of the divorce scandal.
But Parker isn’t completely alone. Her best guy friend Drew stuck by her through it all, and she’s slowly letting people into her private world at church and getting to know guys on the baseball team a bit better (beyond makeout sessions) now that she’s manager. Watching her banter with her best friend Drew over Harry Potter and hilarious hypotheticals will make you want to pick up the phone and call your BFF, that one person who just GETS you.
Parker has a quick mouth and a light-hearted personality that makes all her flirtations—with Drew, their friend Corndog, the rest of the baseball team, and even the coach—such delicious fun. Kenneally knows how to write realistic teens, and knows how to bring plausible friends-turned-smoking-hot-more-than-friends romances to life.
Hot for Teacher
Without spoiling too much, I will say there’s a student-teacher flirtation that manages to avoid being TOO icky to work….but it does have you questioning the motives of everyone involved. Maybe I’ve been watching Pretty Little Liars too much, but there is a small part of me that’s like, “ooh I hope it works out……”
Small Town Charm….and Harm
There is a lot of charm in the small town community in which Parker lives—riding your bike everywhere, going to the DQ and the Jiffy Burger to meet friends, taking walks out by the river (one that’s more likely to be filled with water moccasins than city sewage).
But unfortunately, it’s also so small that she can’t escape the embarrassment of being judged by everyone over EVERYTHING she does, and over things that are wildly out of her control, like her mother leaving her father for another woman. Parker’s church abandons her family, shunning them socially after the scandal.
Parker’s best friend Laura goes even further, spreading nasty rumors about Parker. It’s hard to imagine anyone being able to persevere under these conditions, but Parker is a plucky, kind girl. Even when people are downright nasty to her, she’s thinking magnanimous thoughts like, “I’m glad they’re still friends” when she sees two of her former friends hanging out. Parker, I love you, but you need to get out of Dodge asap…..
Grand Prize: Copies of Catching Jordan & Stealing Parker
Runner-up: ARC of Stealing Parker
Ends: November 4th midnight PST