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?
I loved…. LOVED… Catching Jordan when I read it well over a year ago and so I’ve been auto-buying Kenneally ever since because I couldn’t wait to read everything else she wrote. I have to say I put off reading this one for so long because I was worried it wouldn’t hold up against Catching Jordan.
I really enjoyed the way this story started out because it had everything I really enjoyed from Catching Jordan. I have to say a big reason why I read Kenneally’s books is the simple fact that she includes a story with a girl being placed in a guy’s world. Her female characters are the type that can be strong and feminine but also have an interest in sports that makes them seem ready to take on any challenge that comes with participating in guy’s sports. I also love the male characters that she includes in her books and Stealing Parker was no exception. I loved Parker’s best friend Drew because he was down to earth while always being there for Parker. He knew her and understood her on a level that all best friends should have and I loved the support that he provided Parker. I also really loved Corndog because he was silly at first but he grew on you with time and you started to see of the good things about him and how fierce he is when he cares for someone. I really loved his sweet yet confident character.
Aside from the boys I do have to say I didn’t love much else about this story. I thought Parker was ok but she wasn’t my favorite. She seemed to let many things in life get her down without trying to find solutions. She just seemed to sit around and blame God for where she was at in life. Which also brings me to the point that I thought there was way too much religion thrown into this book. I felt like I had religion slapping me in the face every few pages about what is considered a sin and what Parker was doing wrong with her life. I thought this aspect of the story was exhausting. As a counter to all of the religion, Kenneally decided that she would make her characters have as many problems as they could in order to go against the church. There was every troupe you could think of from being gay to having gone too far with a guy who was several years older than Parker. There were just too many teen issued addressed in one book.
Overall, this was certainly not what I wanted when I picked up this book. I certainly hope that in the next book I don’t have to religion thrown into my face and also deal with the main character not trusting in herself and blaming all of her problems in life on some greater being. Own up to your own shit!