Friday, May 8, 2015

Audio Review: Stealing Parker

Title: Stealing Parker
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: October 1, 2012
Format: Audio
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description:

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?

Stealing Parker is the third book by Miranda Kenneally I have read. I read Catching Jordan wayy back when it first came out and then Breathe, Annie, Breathe about a year ago. I enjoyed both of those and again enjoyed Stealing Parker. I love that all of Kenneally's books appear to be fun, lighthearted books but once you get into them you realize that they also deal with some deeper issues. 

Stealing Parker focused a lot on christianity and how the people in her church treated her after her mom came out as being gay. I cringed as I read how the people at her church treated and how her best friend stopped being friends with her. Unfortunately, I feel that Kenneally's descriptions aren't too far off. Being a christian and attending a Southern Baptist church myself that has become one of my biggest issues with the church. I feel that the church doesn't always treat everyone the way that they should be treated. Instead of showing love, they show prejudice. I feel that there is some progress being made and able hopeful that future generations will be more loving. 

As for the rest of the book, I really enjoyed it. I loved the characters and I loved that we got to see some familiar faces (Jordan and Sam). I wasn't too crazy about Corndog in the beginning but slowly and surely the guy grew on me. He turned out to be a decent guy. He did have a couple of issues that I wasn't crazy about but everyone has flaws. Parker was a somewhat frustrating character. I didn't always agree with her decisions but I do feel that grew as a character a lot throughout the books. She had some issues that she had to get through and I think she was able to do that throughout the course of the book.

I really want to read other books in the Hundred Oaks series and I am hoping to start listening to Things  I Can't Forget on audio soon. This is a great companion series that I think many will enjoy!


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