Thursday, October 4, 2012

Bookanistas: Stealing Parker

After her mom'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.

I enjoyed Miranda Kenneally's first book Catching Jordan quite a bit, so I was really excited about this companion novel. The main characters here are different, but it takes place at the same school as Catching Jordan and Jordan and Henry and some of the other football players do show up, which is always fun. 

This book was just as fun and sexy as Catching Jordan, but I think I liked it a little bit more. I related to Parker more than Jordan, so I connected with this book on a different level. Parker was a very real character to me and even though she made a lot of mistakes she really did learn from them and feel bad about them. I liked that about her. And just like in Catching Jordan, there was an awesome supporting cast of guys including Drew, Parker's skinny-jeans-wearing best friend and Corndog, her rival for school valedictorian. You just have to love a guy named Corndog. 

I think the most surprising thing about this book was the role religion played to the story. Parker's struggles with God and her church are central to her internal conflict here, and I thought it was very realistic and something that many teens can relate to. If she has always been a good Christian, why are these things happening to her? And why are the members of her church treating her differently? Parker has a lot on her mind when it comes to her religion, and I really liked the way it was handled here. 

This book dealt with a little bit of everything: forbidden relationships, what friendship is all about, lust vs. love, religion and faith, sexuality, reputations, and perceptions. It made me laugh a lot and it made me think, and I just had a really good time reading this.


  1. Sounds like a great book. I love that you give so many contemporary recommendations. I just don't read a lot of contemporary, but I know that if I want to find a good one I can come here or head over to Katy Upperman's blog.

  2. I really liked this one. I was so excited to read it because I loved Catching Jordan. I still think I liked that one better, but I loved the cute relationship between her and Corndog. So sweet.

  3. This sounds fantastic. I love it when books get into some of the deeper issues like religion--but also include cute boys and humor.

  4. Really enjoyed that one! :D And I loved Will in CATCHING JORDAN, he was my ultimate crush and a secondary character so when I read it, my heart did little happy jumps :D
    The deeper issue was interesting, and very different than what I´ve read so far.

  5. Like you, I had a little trouble relating to Jordan (though I did really enjoy her story), so I'm looking forward to reading about Parker, who I think is more relateable to me personally. I love contemps with ALL THE ISSUES and this one sounds right up my alley. Looking forward to it!