Monday, March 18, 2013

Review: Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks #2)

Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks #2)
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?
(Cover & Description from Goodreads. Source.)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: October 1, 2012

Kat's Review

I borrowed this book from the library as soon as I saw it because I read Chasing Jordan and liked it.  Miranda Kenneally writes female characters that are athletes, while still making them attractive to boys despite not fitting into the typical female stereotype.  Any time the typical female stereotype is broken in fiction, I'm a fan.  In this book, Parker is a softball player who gives up on the sport and tries to reinvent herself in an attempt to distance herself from her mother and the scandal that her mother caused when she left town.

I have to be upfront about a few things here, although that may mean giving away some slight spoilers.  I'm not generally a reader of Christian fiction, but there is a lot of religion in this book.  I was fine with it, because I thought it was suited to the story, but if that's the type of thing that bugs you, this might not be the book for you.  The main character is a devout Christian who finds herself questioning her faith after her mother leaves their family to move in with someone new.  The book also deals with issues of sexuality and includes an inappropriate student teacher relationship.  Again, if those topics offend you within the context of a novel written about a Christian main character, read something else. 

Those issues didn't bother me, and I liked the book, although I liked Chasing Jordan better. The biggest issue I had concerns the teacher-student relationship, and since I don't want to give away too many spoilers, I will sum it up by saying that I wish the teacher had been forced to take more responsibility for his actions.  I don't attend a church like the one that Parker attends, although I know people who do, and the church often the centre of their social universe.  When that social circle turns on you, it can be devastating.  This book delves a little bit into what it can be like to have that happen. 

Rating: Worth a Look

As I said earlier in the review, I liked Chasing Jordan better, but still enjoyed this book.  The religious overtones are much stronger in this book than the last, and that will either make some people like it even more, or turn others off completely.  I like this author, though, and so I think everything she writes will be at least worth a look.

Purchase at Amazon US Stealing Parker

Purchase at Amazon Canada Stealing Parker: Catching Jordan Series, Book 2

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