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Stealing Parker

Stealing Parker



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"A hero who will melt your heart."—Jennifer Echols, national award-winning author of Such a Rush Parker Shelton pretty much has the perfect life. She's on her way to becoming valedictorian at Hundred Oaks High, she's made the all-star softball team, and she has plenty of friends. Then her mother's scandal rocks their small town and suddenly no one will talk to her. Now Parker wants a new life. So she quits softball. Drops twenty pounds. And she figures why kiss one guy when she can kiss three. Or four. Why limit herself to high school boys when the majorly cute new baseball coach seems especially flirty? But how far is too far before she loses herself completely? Praise for Catching Jordan: "A must-read for teens! I couldn't put it down!"—Simon Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series "With a clever, authentic voice, Kenneally proves once and for all that when it comes to making life's toughest calls-on and off the field-girls rule!"—Sara Ockler, bestselling author of Fixing Delilah
"A hero who will melt your heart."—Jennifer Echols, national award-winning author of Such a Rush Parker Shelton pretty much has the perfect life. She's on her way to becoming valedictorian at Hundred Oaks High, she's made the all-star softball team, and she has plenty of friends. Then her mother's scandal rocks their small town and suddenly no one will talk to her. Now Parker wants a new life. So she quits softball. Drops twenty pounds. And she figures why kiss one guy when she can kiss three. Or four. Why limit herself to high school boys when the majorly cute new baseball coach seems especially flirty? But how far is too far before she loses herself completely? Praise for Catching Jordan: "A must-read for teens! I couldn't put it down!"—Simon Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series "With a clever, authentic voice, Kenneally proves once and for all that when it comes to making life's toughest calls-on and off the field-girls rule!"—Sara Ockler, bestselling author of Fixing Delilah

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Publish date: Oct 1, 2012
Added to Scribd: Aug 26, 2013
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9781402271885
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herewithoutyou_1 reviewed this
Rated 2/5
This one wasn't my cup of tea.

'Stealing Parker' is well written but first of all I don't like the church/god portion of this book, that's personal taste though.

Ignoring that, there are still several elements which line up with 'Catching Jordan' (Hundred Oaks #1), for example: the female main character lusting after the wrong guy while the right one is right under her nose and then towards the end she messes badly enough to make the right guy mad at her for some time.

In other words, after reading the first installment of this series, the second one is really predictable. And coupling that with my personal tastes towards the above mentioned topic, this simply wasn't a book for me.

So that's one hit and one miss in this series so far which leaves me with the dilemma of deciding wether to read book 3 or not - I guess, I'll wait a bit and maybe when the mood strikes, I'll read it.
readsalot81 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
I liked this one less than Catching Jordan. While I enjoyed the writing, the characterizations of other females not the MC fell under the category of petty, jealous, catty teenage girls. Of course teenagers can be all those things, but there wasn't one female that was portrayed in a relatively good light. I do get tired of books perpetuating that all women are in competition with one another and the reason a girl isn't liked is because she's prettier, smarter, or better at some particular activity then the rest of them. BLAH.

Unfortunately, from the two books I've read, the author seems to develop a pattern of making the MC choose the wrong guy from the start and then realize what a catch she has in a friend. This makes it very easy to identify the "right guy" and the "wrong" one..and makes the book somewhat formulaic. Although, good dialogue and brisk pacing..and unconventional family issues do make the book worth reading.
amiebeamer reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Mrs. Beamer's Review:First, let me remind you I'm a HUGE fan of Catching Jordan And this book is just as good. That being said...it was very, very similar to Catching Jordan. In other words, whatever book you read FIRST will be your favorite :) I didn't enjoy Parker as much as I enjoyed Jordan...but I did enjoy the male characters just as much. This is a quick, fun read. Enjoy it for what it is!My Favorite Quote (from this book): "He looks like a Geek Squad sexpot."Mrs. Beamer’s advisory rating: 0-5 (0=none, 5=lots) click here for more infoLanguage: 3Violence: 0Sexual Content: 2.5Drugs/Alcohol: 1Potential Controversial Topics: none
taleofnight reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I decided to pick this book up after seeing so many glowing reviews for Miranda Kenneally's other book Catching Jordan. I wasn't too sure how much I would like it, but it's about baseball, and I like baseball. I did really enjoy the story. There were some slow parts in the middle, and sometimes the writing felt a little choppy but it started to get really interesting as I went on.Parker's life took a turn for the worse when her mom came out as a lesbian. The people at Parker's church turned on her and her family and her best friend keeps saying she's going to turn out like her mom. So Parker quits softball and decides to prove to everyone she's not like her mom by kissing any boy who will let her. So now she's known as the girl who get's around. Parker ends up getting roped into being the manager for the baseball team. There she meets the new coach, Brian, who's 6 years older than her. That's when things start to get a little rocky. She's knows it's wrong for her to be with Brian, but the fact that it is off limits makes it even harder to resist. This story was really cute. I felt really bad for Parker, even though she brought some of the things onto herself. This story has it's really sad moments. It made me so sad that Parker wasn't talking to her mom, even though her mom would call her all the time to see how everything is going, but Parker would never answer, even when all she wanted was to ask for her moms advice. It took me a while to warm up to the writing, but once the story started to pick up, I couldn't but the book down.
bookswithbite reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This author is on my must read list. Any book that comes out bu this author I must read. And this book not only shocked me, but I really loved it.So the reason this book shocked is cause this book goes so close to the line of right and wrong. The reader meets Parker, a girl who has a rough past years catching the eye of the an older male. Preferably the teacher. Yeah.....that's all I'm going to say about that. I do however, like that Parker is able to see how deep things had gotten. She took people's trust and use it against them.While I liked the main character Parker, I really liked how she well she grew and learned. She is able to to find a friend where she least expect it. Even after everything that she went through, she is able to find forgiveness and move on to what she is really looking for the whole time.Because this book is borderline shocking, I suggest the ages of 18+ to read the book. If you are mature enough it read it, then go ahead. Stealing Parker is an out of the box story that collides with all things imaginable. It's certainly takes everything that I have read to a new level. Stealing Parker has great emotional depths enhanced with amazing characters and story line. Stealing Parker is awesome!
pnh002 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Miranda Kenneally is one of those authors you can grow comfortable with. Meaning you can hear she's coming out with a new title and automatically pre-order it without even having to read the synopsis. Her words in this title have proven my point. Stealing Parker is an amazing read and it will leave you breathless. After Parker's mom announces that she's a lesbian and leaves her family to join her girlfriend, rumors begin to fly. And what's worse, they stem from her former best friend. From there, everything begins to spiral out of control and Parker decides to leave the softball team and make out with guy after guy. All to prove that she's nothing like her mother. She then decides to manage the baseball team thanks to her best friend for life, Drew. From there she meets the baseball coach intern Brian. And from there, her life falls out control.One of my favorite things about Kenneally's books is that in each one she teaches life lessons. In this one, she tackles one of the biggest issues in teen society right now, homosexuality. A lot of times, people that are homosexual find it hard to come out and find it harder to find friends to stick with them. They become embarrassed about what they like. Kenneally portrays this situation with expertise. She shows that it is ok to be however you want and do whatever you want. She shows that "sometimes you have to do what's best for you." Another lesson that can be taught from this book is hypocrisy. But I won't go in detail for fear of spoilers. Just know that the lesson is there.I also loved the characters Parker is strong willed, believes in her Christian values, and is a very good friend. She just made some mistakes along the way. Also, all the guys that she befriended are all characters. (No pun intended lol) They provided the comic relief and I was grateful through all the drama with her family and her church. And I loved that it was a companion novel that features Jordan and Sam. It's so interesting to me when an author can provide us with another story and feature them in it without it being a whole story about them.As far as the romance, I was very happy with it. I must admit tho, Kenneally kind of scared me towards the end. I was so close to the end and the issue hadn't be resolved yet so I got nervous lol I'm ashamed to say I cried for a little bit when everything was finally fixed. I had just connected with Parker so much and I was happy things begin to fall in place for her. Stealing Parker is a quick read, but its content makes up for the lack of pages. Things move very fast and you'll find yourself swept to the dug out, chewing gum, and listening to the crack of the baseball connecting with a bat.
thebooklife reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Parker's story is very different from Jordan's story, but it is still an excellent read. Parker is a girl who is trying desperately seperate herself from her mother's lifestyle and the rumors it sprouted about her. She's also trying to come to terms with her faith and dealing with a highly inappropriate crush on the new baseball coach. We get to see Parker's internal struggle with God and her need to know why things have happened to her and her family. I'm not a religious person and I don't typically read things that have religion incorporated, but it was done so well here and it never became preachy. It really helped the story, by showing the battle that was going on inside of Parker and even gave some insight into why she's made some of the choices she is now dealing with. I know it's totally cliche to jump right to talking about the guys, but I can't help myself. Firstly, Brian gave me creepy feelings the whole time I was reading and those didn't get any better when he proved to be a huge jerk. I felt for Parker because at her age, the kind of attention she was getting from him, would be so easy to make into something bigger. I could see the ending that Parker couldn't, and I just wanted to shake her and tell her to stop letting this guy take advantage of you. Will, on the other hand, is so many kinds of adorable. I love this boy to pieces and I really liked how their friendship evolved throughout the whole story. They've known each other for years, but they had always just kind of been on the outskirts of each other's lives, and that all changes when Parker starts managing the baseball team.I don't know what it is about Miranda's writing, but I love the sports stuff that is incorporated into her stories, even though I don't actually like sports. It doesn't take over the story, but it's definitely a big part of the characters lives and it helps everything kind of gel together. This one was a one sitting read for me and it will definitely be on my re-read shelf. I honestly believe you can't go wrong with a book by Miranda Kenneally. She writes excellent female protagonists and totally swoonworthy boys! Definitely one to add to your shelves :0)
evie6bookish reviewed this
Rated 5/5
A charming, intelligent and emotionally rich story, Stealing Parker is even better than Miranda Kenneally's previous novel, Catching Jordan. It's possibly the best thing that happened to fans of YA contemporary romance this year. One incredibly sweet, devilishly hot, sometimes even totally inappropriate (but absolutely delicious) book that is sure to disarm even the toughest and pickiest of readers! Parker used to lead a charmed life. She was one of the best players on the high school softball team, she had friends, popularity, beauty and a perfect family. And everything was going smooth for her, until her mother ran away with another woman and Parker's perfect life crumbled to pieces. Her best friend stabbed her in the back, people stopped talking to her and she became a social pariah, "a butch softball player who probably likes girls". To Parker, it seemed that even God has turned his back on her and her family. Hurt, confused and angry, she quit softball team and lost 20 pounds. To prove that she was not like her mother, she took extra care to look as girly and cute as possible and started hooking up with different boys every night (just kissing, tho!). And then a new hot guy showed up in town and everything quickly spun out of control. Now, the reputation that Parker created for herself and all the bad choices she made along the way are threatening to destroy everything she cares about: her relationship with her father, her friendship with Drew, being the valedictorian, and - most importantly - the love she so desperately needs. In many ways, Stealing Parker is similar to Catching Jordan. Once again we get a group of characters that defy the romantic stereotypes and a lead heroine that is feisty, witty, bold and impossible not to adore. And once again the plot involves sport (in this case, baseball), a complicated love triangle, and a whole lot of sparkly and highly amusing back-and-forth between the characters. What makes Stealing Parker even more appealing than Catching Jordan is its intensity and maturity. This book touches on some difficult and important areas such as homosexuality, religion and teacher-student relationships. Kenneally wrote a romantic story that is so much more than just that, a novel that explores many themes - from friendship, first love, trust, acceptance, forgiveness to sexuality, bigotry, addiction and rejection. And she did it in the utmost graceful, convincing and emotionally affecting way. I quickly found myself entirely engrossed in the story, in love with the characters, and unable to put the book down. Keneally's writing style is right up my alley. Her prose is honest, very natural and fresh. It's infused with real emotions. At times you feel like a puppet and Miranda Kenneally is the puppet master - she'll make you laugh out loud and clap in excitement and then merely 2 pages later you'll be tearing up and sobbing quietly. And she'll also make you think about all the issues she brings to life in her book. Reading Stealing Parker is an all-around wonderful experience. There's not a single person I wouldn't recommend this book to. And one last thing I just have to mention: Corndog (Will) is so adorable! I loved the chemistry between all the characters - it was charged and intense - but I definitely loved the sweet, tender, shy and innocent chemistry between Corndog and Parker the most! And I couldn't stop laughing each time Parker's dad would mess up Corndog's nickname and change it to Corn Fritter! Don't hesitate to pick this book up. It's an incredibly well-written, beautiful story that balances romance, drama and comedy perfectly.
jennrenae reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Stealing Parker by Miranda KenneallyeARC received by SourcebooksRelease Date: October 1st—On Shelves Now!Reviewed by: Middle Sis JennThe Sisters Say: A poignant story about heartbreak, forgiveness, and first loveThis is my first book by Miranda, and I had no idea what to expect. Just from reading the blurb, I thought it sounded interesting, but I didn’t know how I would like the sports aspect of the story. Don’t get me wrong---I love sports, but I’m more of a watch ‘em, not read ‘em type of girl. Surprisingly, the sports part was one of my favorite parts of the story. It wasn’t overly boyish and I didn’t find myself saying, “Go on…get on with it.” Their sports world was like an entirely new setting within the high school life, and I enjoyed being opened up to a YA book that touched on sports.The best part of the book was the growing friendship between Parker and Corndog. It was sweet and innocent, and it just felt right. I found myself laughing at loud at some of Corndog’s jokes, but at other times, he was a real jerk. Just like a high school guy! It was endearing to see him struggle with his own problems and then take them out on Parker—a realistic and heartbreaking truth about high school relationships. I found myself waiting for Parker’s next encounter with Corndog, just to see what would happen next.I also really liked Drew, Parker’s best friend. He is the type of guy that you just automatically like. He sticks by Parker when her mother comes out as a lesbian and the entire town turns on her family. It’s a very religious town, so this caused quite a scandal. While everyone else looked at Parker like she was the plague, Drew stood up for her and stood by her. Such a sweetie!I was really surprised by the mature content level of this book—it didn’t bother me at all, but I think I was expecting the fade to black type of love scenes. At first, I enjoyed these small scenes between Parker and Brian (the coach). It wasn’t really creepy, and I felt like they really liked each other. However, as their physical relationship progressed, I found myself getting really annoyed by Parker and the way she discussed their relationship. She seemed very crude to me, and by the end unfortunately, I was really wishing she would just zip her mouth.What else bugged me?The entire book was preachy to the extent of annoyance. I’m from a small town, and I understand the role religion plays in the lives of people there, but I just don’t believe that an entire town would turn against someone instead of trying to save or help them. But instead of doing that, they hurled accusatory glares and Bible verses. It just became too much for me, and I think it took away from the book.Most of the reviews I have read said they really enjoyed Parker as the main character, but I was on the other side of the fence with her. She seemed very vain and immature to me, and I found her very annoying. There were times she was so self-involved that I ended up rooting against her, hoping things would fall apart so she would look around, wake up and quit her self-loathing.Overall, there were some very cute parts to this tale of discovery, and I think that many people will enjoy this book. I liked that Miranda ventured into an area that many other authors might be afraid to write about, and I liked that she did it in a non-creepy way. However, I thought that Parker and Brian (both major characters) were too wishy-washy, and this wavering made them unrealistic and frustrating to me. Final Judgment: While this book was not my favorite, I do plan to read more of Miranda’s books in the future. Content Warning: I would rate this for mature teens for somewhat explicit sexual situations. (Riding the line somewhere between YA and NA).
tabathav_2 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of this while I was at ALA this Summer. You have NO IDEA how excited I was since I simply LOVED Catching Jordan! In Stealing Parker we learn all about Parker and her struggles. I will point out that the main thing I love about Kenneally is that she knows how to write her heroines. She doesn't give us "woe is me - I can't function without a man at my side 24/7 - "I forgot what drawer I left my big girl panties" girls. She gives us heroines who KNOW how to soldier on and I love it. Anyways - back to Parker! lol. Parker has pretty much had her entire world shaken and turned completely upside down. The ideal family life she once knew is now shattered and she is left trying to figure out how to put the pieces back together. (Props to her! I'm a GROWN WOMAN and can't get that right half the time! lol) Having your Church and pretty much all of your friends turn their backs on your for something YOU had no control over, was pretty much the last straw as far as Parker was concerned. She went right into the - I couldn't care less - mode. She quit her Softball team, developed the ever loving "Whatever" about almost everything, except her grades. She also decided that she would have a "it's better to just hook up than to have a relationship" frame of mind. This didn't get her very far, especially when rumors started to fly about what she did and didn't do sexually. (Gotta love high school!) Then her best friend, Drew, does the unthinkable. He tries to get her to do something "normal", in the form of taking the Team Manager position for the boys softball team. (Yay Parker! - note the sarcasm). It's their that she meets Brian, the new Assistant Coach. - This is where I developed an issue with the book. I in no way condone Teacher / Student relationships. I get where Parker was coming from though - I just.. eh. While I don't place all the blame on Brian - I think that he should have been the example here for Parker. Fail Brian. Epic Fail. Then you have Corndog - err - Will. I LOVE.. LOVE LOVE LOVE Will. Now, if it was attention that Parker was seeking - Will was as far as she had to look. Screw Brian. In my eyes, these two were made for each other. Having been competitors since day one - on EVERYTHING - it was unlikely that the two would become anything else. That is, until they started spending time with each other and actually got to know one another. I loved watching things blossom between the two of them. Why? Because it was REAL. It was just all of a sudden - it was a process. I watched as they went through challenge after challenge - good days - bad days and everything in between. I think this book did these two characters justice. Amazingly written if you ask me. Side characters: Drew was epic. In just about every kind of way. The friendship between the two of them reminds me of the friendship I have with my best friend. I don't care who you are, EVERYONE needs a friend like Drew. I also liked that we got to see Sam and Jordan again :) One thing I will caution you on. This book touches on some pretty sensitive subjects - but Kenneally did it justice in the way it was written. Just keep an open mind when reading this one. Honestly; I think she took this book in just the direction that it needed to go. I would seriously recommend this book to just about anyone who would listen to me talk about it!

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