Book Review: Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally + Giveaway

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Posted 10/10/2012 by alicemarvels in Contemporary

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Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
 
Release Date: October 1, 2012
 
Page Count: 245
 
Synopsis: 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
 

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.....
 
BOTTOM LINE

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:

The Flirting!

I'm just one of the guys…unless you want to make out?

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

How long until you're 18 again?

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

Meet me at the DQ!

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…..

 

Read an excerpt from Stealing Parker here.
Giveaway:

Grand Prize: Copies of Catching Jordan & Stealing Parker

Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

Runner-up: ARC of Stealing Parker

Ends: November 4th midnight PST

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36 Comments


  1.  
    janeth

    I loved catching jordon!! I hope that this book is as goood!!




  2.  

    Yay! Thank you!
    My favorite relationship that deals with an older guy? Hmm……Aria Montgomery and her teacher Ezra Fitz form Pretty Little Liars. 😀




  3.  
    Leah

    Oh yeah buddy, I have to go with Ezria! 🙂




  4.  

    I have to say Dimitri/Rose in Vampire Academy is by far my favorite relationship with an older guy!




  5.  
    Brittany Hiester

    My favorite relationship with an older guy would have to be Dimitri and Rose from Vampire Academy.




  6.  
    Nina

    I’m sure a million people will say this, but it just doesn’t get better than Dimitri and Rose!




  7.  
    Jade

    Vampire Academy definitely has the best relationship with an older man. 😉 Dimitri is HOT STUFF!!! lol My russian lover, Dimka!




  8.  
    Celeste

    Ok I was going to say Vampire Academy, but to be different I’ll say The Crush with Alicia Silverstone. Saw it on Netflix a while ago and it was super creepy but fun.




  9.  
    Lacey T

    Besides the Vampire Academy series, I love the Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout! Aiden is so sexy! 🙂




  10.  
    Christine

    I’ve always loved Cher and Josh in Clueless (classic!)




  11.  
    Sarah Handrich

    Aria and Ezra!




  12.  
    Viv

    Ooh I hope I win! I can’t wait to read these!! Dimka and Rose, of course!!




  13.  
    Haley

    Aiden and Alex in Covenant series for sure. They have a real Dimitri and Rose feel, but they’re still going (the series i mean). Thanks!!




  14.  
    Jessica

    Oh gosh, I am like a broken record with everyone else, but Rose and Dimitri. 😀




  15.  
    hillary

    I loved catching jordan! I can’t wait to read stealing parker!! is it true we get to see joran again?




  16.  
    Charlie

    My favorite lately is Jennifer Armentrout’s Half-Blood. Very hot student teacher action. Thanks for this awesome review and the chance to win?




  17.  
    Melanie

    Ezria, followed very closely by Dimitrose (is that a thing?)




  18.  
    Cassi

    I would say Pretty Little Liars and Vampire academy 🙂




  19.  
    LL

    I love Catching Jordan! This sounds awesome too. Can’t wait!




  20.  
    Steph

    Definitely PLL. Ezra is such a foxy older man. 🙂




  21.  
    Erin D.

    I loved the movie Never Been Kissed with Drew Barrymore. So cute!




  22.  

    Older guy romance? Hmm….like Sean Connery is really sexy kinda older? Or more like Mark Wahlberg older?




  23.  
    Bethany

    Never Been Kissed is such a good one!




  24.  
    joy

    never been kissed i smine too! thanks 😀




  25.  
    Jessica

    Oh PLL definitely. Ezria is the best!




  26.  
    Bethany

    Dimitri and Rose! There is no better couple.




  27.  
    Hallie

    You can’t go wrong with Ezra and Aria. I’ll choose them.




  28.  

    I so need to get this one ASAP!




  29.  
    Eva

    Petulia — the book and the movie




  30.  
    Kristin

    Jane Eyre, book or movie (especially if Michael Fassbender is Rochester)!




  31.  
    Janhvi

    hmm..can’t think of any other than Rose and Dmitri..but I absolutely LOVED Catching Jordan so Stealing Parker should be just as good 🙂




  32.  
    alexandra

    Ezra and aria are my fave older romance. 🙂




  33.  
    Siarah

    Ezra and Aria totally make it work! i am rooting for them and have been since day one! they are definitely my fav “older dude younger chick relationship”!!




  34.  

    Ooooh there’s so many older guy’s that are STEAMY! I am in LOVE with Ezra, from PLL. Also, oh god there’s so many I can’t even choose.




  35.  
    Eliza

    You already mentioned it Ezra and Aria in Pretty Little Liars




  36.  

    I really liked this read too, not quite as much as I loved Catching Jordan but still a really great read. I can’t wait for the third book to be out! I am really looking forward to it. 🙂





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