February 10, 2013

Review of Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks #2) by Miranda Kenneally




Red-hot author Miranda Kenneally hits one out of the park in this return to Catching Jordan’s Hundred Oaks High.

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?

add to goodreadsStealing Parker (Hundred Oaks #2) by Miranda Kenneally
Publication Date:  October 2, 2012
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire

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MaryAnn NewAuthor, Miranda Kenneally does it again with her second book in the Hundred Oaks series.  Where in Catching Jordan, the sport du jour is Football, in Stealing Parker, we venture into the world of baseball/softball.  Although I did find some parts in Stealing Parker a whole lot more sexy time than in Catching Jordan, I still walked away with warm fuzzy feelings in the end, which is exactly what I’m looking for in a sweet, coming of age contemp read.

Parker Shelton is still having a hard time adjusting to the fact that her mother had left her, her brother, and family, to be with another woman, divorce and all.  It doesn’t help that kids from her school are still giving her a hard time about it.  As well, the adults at her church community are doing whatever it takes to ensure that their kids stay away from Parker, like she’s got some sort of communicable disease.  Quitting a sport that she loved to play (softball), macking with whatever guy is available at the time, Parker is on the road to not so good things…and her father seems to just turn the other way.  His solution being to pray to God, even when her brother is constantly high, drunk, or both.

But apart from the nasty people in her life, Parker has some friends that she has come to rely on through thick and thin.  After agreeing to become the team manager for her best friend, Drew’s softball team.  Here she meets super hunky 23 year old Brian, the new team coach, and Parker starts to develop a hardcore crush on him…which he reciprocates.

Secrets are revealed, friendships are tested, and loves are lost in this second book of the Hundred Oaks series by Miranda Kenneally.

I absolutely adored Catching Jordan, and was so thrilled to see the characters that I loved in the first book make cameo appearances in Stealing Parker.  But where I fell head over heels in love with book one, I didn’t love Stealing Parker quite as much.  Don’t get me wrong.  I still really enjoyed this book.  High praises all around.  I think the fact that religion played a huge factor in this book turned me off a little bit.  But that aside, the characters in Stealing Parker are just as loveable and unforgettable as the ones in Catching Jordan.

My heart went out to Parker, as I watched her traverse deeper and deeper into the darkness that her life has become.  The way she is constantly trying to get her father to open up his damn eyes and see the destructive path that his son is taking touched me.  I was furious with him when his only solution was to pray.  Seriously?  There’s a lot more that needs to be done than just praying that his son will get over his problems on his own.

And although I will admit that I found the chemistry between Parker and Coach Brian was kinda hot, I had to rear back my head and remind myself that I Parker is only a seventeen year old girl.  Ewww much.  I mean, yes, I’m pretty sure that we’ve all had hardcore crushes on people that are older than us, especially in high school where hormones are raging.  And yes, I’m pretty sure that fantasies were though up time and time again.  But in Stealing Parker, her fantasies became a reality, and I was really curious to see just how she was going to handle this whole situation.  It was like the Pretty Little Liars situation, but Brian so did not have Parker’s best interests at heart.  He just wanted to feel young again?  Buddy, please.  I’d love to feel 23 again, never mind!

Author, Miranda Kenneally scores another hit with Stealing Parker that fans everywhere will completely devour and fall in love with.

About the Author:

Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.

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  1. Ashley

    I’m glad you enjoyed this book! I am worried about the religion though, I think. That’s not really my thing and I’m worried it might turn me off the book!

  2. So I haven’t even read Catching Jordan yet but I totally want to!! I’m glad you enjoyed this one as well but I totally understand what you are saying about religion. Sometimes it does well in a book and sometimes it makes it a little harder. Great review <3

  3. Sunny

    I wasn’t too big of a fan of Catching Jordan, but this one sounds really good! I look forward to reading and seeing what happens. However, I do hope I like it better even though it was slightly less in your opinion. Great review!

  4. Lily

    I loved CHASING JORDAN so much but I’ve just been so worried that this one wouldn’t live up to it’s awesomeness since it was to do with other characters!
    Great Review though may just give it a shot

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