Sunday, 28 October 2012

Review: Stealing Parker

 Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks, #2)
Author: Miranda Kenneally
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD

Synopsis: 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?

"It's a scary thing to wake up and realize the people you need most aren't nearby anymore... But you keep moving." - Brian

Parker's life was in a mumbo jumbo ever since her mother left them for her friend- a girl friend. Since then, she did a lot of things, some of which she wasn't proud of, just to prove that she's not a lesbian like her mother. But things were still in shambles.

Despite trying to act like a total bitch around guys, Parker wants the real thing. The real romance and not just some one-time thing. She may be tough in front of everyone but her vulnerability starts to show at home.

At some parts in the book, I found that I can somehow relate to Parker. Her disappointments and expectations were real and didn't feel fictional. I love how book characters seem real and not just some people in the page.

Though this might not be that romantic compared to Catching Jordan, I think Parker and Will's moments were cute. They weren't best friends like Jordan and Sam so it was pretty much understandable that they didn't spend their times cuddling and being so damn comfortable with each other. Although I love the fact that his family liked Parker and they didn't judged her like those Christian's did.

I love Parker's reunion with her mother. I like the fact that she finally surrendered and finally called her mother when she couldn't handle it all. It makes me realise that though people may walk out of your lives, someone will always be there for you.

For the second time, Miranda made me enjoy the story with a sport I'm not really familiar with. I love how she keeps it simple and light. I love how she makes me cry too. Can't wait to read her next book!


This copy was acquired through a giveaway hosted by Reading after Midnight