September 18, 2012

Review: Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally!

Stealing Parker
By Miranda Kenneally
Paperback, 245 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2012
By Sourcebooks Fire

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?

After reading Catching Jordan, I was a little worried that Stealing Parker wouldn’t be as good. I am happy to say that it was actually REALLY good and I enjoyed a lot.

What I like the most about Miranda’s books are her characters. I am very big on characters and I find that I can easily relate to her characters in more than one way. Miranda’s characters are very realistic. I liked the events that took place and the suspense of waiting for everything to hit the fan and Parker’s world to be completely turned into one big ball of DISASTER. I enjoyed Parker’s relationship a lot with the baseball coach, but I wasn’t big on how he began to treat her once things got hot and heavy. It became very clear to me that it was more of the excitement that he liked than actually Parker. I think this was Kenneally’s intention, though, so I quickly got over it. Parker was up and down for me, but this wasn’t a bad thing. You can tell she was a bit torn. She didn’t really know what to do with herself.

The only thing I would have liked is that the book was a bit longer. I felt a little cheated with the way it ended. I wanted more, and without giving any spoilers, I wanted to know what happened to Parker. A new door opened in her life and all she had to do was walk through it. I thought the story was heading in that direction, but then it ended and felt sort of like a cliffhanger. I would definitely like more to Parker’s story.

Those who read and loved Catching Jordan, get ready because you’re in for another ride! I cannot wait for her next book, THINGS I CAN'T FORGET.

4 out of 5 stars!


  1. Would love to read Catching Jordan and this sounds like an amazing book as well. Great review :)

  2. I can't wait for that one :-) I really enjoyed Catching Jordan... Great review :-)

  3. I haven't read anything by Miranda Keneally. But, it sounds like she does an awesome job with contemp! I should read Catching Jordan lol. Thanks for the review!

  4. I haven't read any books by Miranda Keneally...but is Catching Jordan related to Stealing Parker?? in any way? Anyways, this books sounded really interesting to me, and it's been on my to read list for a while. This review was great! Thanks!

  5. I'm not a sports buff by everyone seems to have good things to say about this series. I'll have to pick up Catching Jordan soon, especially since you like book 2 as well.

  6. Thanks for the great review! It sounds like you really enjoyed the book. I too enjoy suspenseful books and realistic characters in the stories that I read. At least you know that the ending was a cliffhanger because the author wants to continue the story as a series.

  7. This book reminds me of "Smashed" by Lisa Luedeke about a girl who loses herself. I might just read this one!

  8. I'm still desperately trying to get my hands on Catching Jordan :( Looks like I'll be adding this one to my reading list as well. Maybe I'll have to buy these two together and read them back to back. Thank you for the excellent review and bumping these books up on my list!

  9. Great review, this series has been on my tbr list for a while. Sucks that it left you wanting a little more. Nothing worse than feeling completely fulfilled. :(

  10. I read Catching Jordan as well and loved it. I agree that Miranda's character's are awesome, and I really got attached to Jordan and all the guys on the football team! I can't wait for Stealing Parker to be released. Of course I already preordered it. Great review :)


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