Monday, January 19, 2015

Review: Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

Stealing Parker
(Hundred Oaks, #2)
by Miranda Kenneally
Young Adult 
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.89
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Published on: October 1, 2012
Pages: 242
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Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:


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?


My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I loved Catching Jordan and have been meaning to read this one for forever, but I never got around to it. So when I saw this was available on Amazon Unlimited, I jumped at the chance to read it. 

This book was fantastic. I didn't love it as much as the first one, but I did enjoy it. Kenneally is such a good author. I love how she uses sports as the backdrop for her novels. I love sports and I love chick-lit. This is a great way to combine both.

She is great at writing realistic contemporary. She invents great characters that you can't help but like. Even when they are completely messing everything up, you're still rooting for them.

This novel dealt with some hard issues. Parker's mom decided to leave her dad for another woman and then there is the handsome baseball coach who comes. The novel did deal with those themes, but did so in a pretty tame PG-13 way. 

I enjoyed the novel and am curious to see what the next installment in the series has in store. 

So why 3.5 stars? It stood out of the crowd, and yet it just didn't quite have enough to make it a 4. It lacked that extra depth or extra flair. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, this can be read as a stand-alone novel. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Sexual references and scenes that are probably geared for 14+. Several instances of strong language. 

The Wrap-up: A good read that I enjoyed. It let me down a little (because it wasn't as good as the first one, in my opinion at least). But I still enjoyed it and think that Kenneally is a great author. 

Love,

Danica Page

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