Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
Red-hot author Miranda Kenneally hits one out of the park in this return to Catching Jordan's Hundred Oaks High.
After her family's scandal rocks their conservative small town, 17-year-old Parker Shelton goes overboard trying to prove that she won't turn out like her mother: a lesbian. The all-star third-baseman quits the softball team, drops 20 pounds and starts making out with guys--a lot. But hitting on the hot new assistant baseball coach might be taking it a step too far...especially when he starts flirting back.
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
that ending had me thinking "..and they might, well, will at least most likely live a happily ever after.... " 'til i paused, and:
because the more i think on it, the more i recall feeling kinda sorta meh over it all. sure, entertaining: her turning over a new leaf; and yes, the whole teacher-student connection more than a little uncomfortable. but what i wasn't expecting were all those are you there god-ish moments she’d say things like ‘this girl doesn’t go to parties--- being christian and all. and i’d wonder what that had to do with anything anyway. it’s this side of things that surprised me, her whole does god hate me now self doubting moments simply because it felt so distant from the 'i’m a different girl now and trying not to giving a rat’s ass about what others had to say thing that was happening.
those things aside, so many things other things were going on as well: there’s her family falling apart, the people in it acting out of character. a father swayed by what others think of them and a brother dissatisfied with what is. and there's the girl who is just like father, and it's that that as her going from one extreme to another. from her recollections, it’s clear what she was: mommy’s little girl, good grades, perfect athlete and now someone else entirely. she’s gone from christian do gooder to girl who does not give two shits about what people think. and yet, it's that last bit that was so easy for me to accept... because why give two shits at all when the people around her were hypocrites? all that's not a bad place to start a story… if only it had kept at it. because this plods along then takes a turn toward the mostly romantic: as in will she/won’t she/she must/she mustn’t!
**for it must, needs repeating**
**major spoiler up ahead**
of course, all that might not have been too bad either. because let me be frank… corndog, you almost had me! except like all the rest, you (and drew too) turned all judgy mcjudgerson! his case is not at all helped by him spouting off with things like “i thought i judged you to be blablabla and i thought i could see you and me going somewhere and yadayada” because while that’s happening, i'm wanting to let her get a word in edgewise!.[judgy mcjudgerson! his case is not at all helped by him spouting off with things like “i thought i judged you to be blablabla and i thought i could see you and me going somewhere and yadayada” because while that’s happening, i'm wanting to let her get a word in edgewise! (hide spoiler)]
what i did liked: those few pages right before the end; i was cheering for her then. finally, no longer hanging on what everyone else had to say; no more ‘but she’s my friend and so is he’. and no more, i like my hair tangly because boys like it all tangly. in that moment, she’d grown comfortable in her own skin and was doing what she wanted. even better, it had her stepping up and calling people out. all those things on the heels of her realizing that friendships change, people do.
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