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Stealing Parker

byMiranda Kenneally

Paperback | October 1, 2012

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A hero who will melt your heart."-Jennifer Echols, national award-winning author of Such a RushParker 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?Praise for Catching Jordan:"A must-read for teens! I couldn't put it down!"-Simon Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series"With a clever, authentic voice, Kenneally proves once and for all that when it comes to making life's toughest calls-on and off the field-girls rule!"-Sara Ockler, bestselling author of Fixing Delilah"
Growing up in Tennessee, MIRANDA KENNEALLY dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliche!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband. Visit mirandakenneally....
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Title:Stealing ParkerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.87 inPublished:October 1, 2012Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1402271875

ISBN - 13:9781402271878

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection Couldn't put it own! Felt raw, real and vulnerable. It was written in a way that really made you feel everything
Date published: 2015-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mrs Loved the story but wanted more will and parker time
Date published: 2014-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotional I thought it was a great book. I just wish it was longer.
Date published: 2014-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute, adorable story! Parker gains a reputation after her mother left her family for another life. Now she wants to change and remake her reputation. Becoming a bit of a player, Parker ends up becoming a shadow of her former self. Will it be too late for the old Parker sit up and notice that she's becoming a person she can hardly recognize? Lots of angsty topics about love, sex, friendship and family! And this is why I have dubbed Mrs. Kinneally one of my favourite contemporary authors. Her writing style is just so easy to get lost in and her plots are always about change and growth so you just know the characters will be better off in the end. Such real characters with such intense emotions and will-power! I loved how Parker validates what she does by blaming her mother. It's so teenagerish (is that even a word?) that I'm sure many others have remembered their teenage years to be just as dramatic. These characters aren't afraid to backstab each other in the back or are so completely self-involved that they don't care who they hurt. The story just grows on you, and you just want them all to be happy in the end. Another Miranda Kenneally fave for my collection! Stealing Parker grabs your heart and doesn't let go until the very end! A copy was provided by the publisher for review!
Date published: 2013-11-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not boring Not boring, but not awesome. Story line wasn't there.
Date published: 2013-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Loved this book
Date published: 2013-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Realistic parent-child relationships Stealing Parker is a complicated book – and that’s putting things lightly. But it is because of those complications that the novel can explore a variety of themes, and the characters can experience a lot growth and self discovery. Parker’s life has been a bit of a mess ever since her Mom came out of the closet. It’s not that Parker is against homosexuality. She’s pretty sure her best friend is gay. What affects her more is the way the rest of her community began to treat her after they found out about her Mom. Girls who were once her friends began to tease her, members of her congregation shun her family, and her and her father and brother are left to deal with it alone. I can’t even imagine how difficult their situation would have been. I never felt any ill will towards Parker’s mother – she needed to be honest about herself – but you also really feel for Parker. Most YA books (that I’ve read) which feature LGBTQ parents, generally show a positive relationships between parent and child. It was interesting to see how Parker struggles with the fallout of her Mom’s sexual orientation and the reactions of a small town community. On the heterosexual side of things, I also really appreciated how honest this story was when it came to Parker’s relationships. She got herself into some really unhealthy situations. I think it’s safe to say she was definitely taken advantage of at certain points but I also think it’s safe to say she made a lot of poor, reckless choices. But that wasn’t it for Parker. She also has some really healthy well adjusted relationships and I think that was more realistic. Parker wasn’t a bad person, she wasn’t a broken person. She was just a girl trying to figure things out. And that led her down both positive and negative paths. I think we’ve all be there. I could go on and on exploring the complexities of all of Parker’s relationships but I think that would be redundant. Let’s just say that Stealing Parker is an excellent and thoughtful contemporary read about exploring your own values, needs and limits. This was my first Miranda Kenneally book but it won’t be my last. Recommendation: Stealing Parker is a gripping, authentic story. A must read for YA contemporary fans and those interested in books with realistic parent-child relationships.
Date published: 2013-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Another wonderful story by the author. I loved it
Date published: 2013-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stealing Parker I really liked this book, the reader is able to really feel the emotion along with Parker and get excited for the story that is unfolding.
Date published: 2013-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright Wanted more from it though
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After As part of the Home Run Blog Tour highlighting Miranda Kenneally's sophomore book, Stealing Parker, I am thrilled to be able to share with you some of my thoughts on the book, a special guest post from Miranda, AND a giveaway for one of you lucky readers to win a copy of this new release! Catching Jordan was one of those books that completely took the YA book world by STORM- and even I had to admit that I was pleasantly impressed by Miranda's debut release. Needless to say, there's been a fair amount of anticipation surrounding Stealing Parker as a result. And while I wasn't completely sold on Stealing Parker's story, it struck me as an excellent companion to Catching Jordan and proves that Miranda has a very strong voice to contribute to the YA world with her stories. Reasons to Read: 1. Realistic, flawed characters: My favourite part about Miranda's stories is that she doesn't shy away from asking hard questions and tackling tough issues and making her characters deal with them head on. She doesn't tiptoe around anything, and I think Stealing Parker is a devastatingly good example of this as Parker finds herself in a situation just begging to blow up in her face. She's often struggling with where she needs to draw the line, and I appreciated how her actions did have some ugly consequences - because Parker was living in the real world. 2. Complicated questions: Remember how I mentioned that Miranda doesn't shy away from the tough issues? It's easy to see why Parker feels like she's dealing with a life crisis when you consider her fairly young age, lack of guidance from those around her, and the numerous changes she's had to adapt to in her life. Parker has to question everything she's known and relied on in her life, from her faith to her parents and even her closest friends. There's just something so raw about Parker's life, and I imagine a number of readers will be able to relate to at least some of these issues in one way or another. While I felt like the build-up and anticipation in the story was wildly successful, it was the conclusion that left me feeling a tad uneasy. For the most part, Parker comes out relatively unscathed - and it felt just a little too much like all the issues had been neatly wrapped up and tied with a pretty little bow. It isn't that everything turns out perfect (because it doesn't), but I think that my strong sense of justice was still holding out for something more and I didn't feel like the plot delivered to my satisfaction. And I personally wished we had delved a little bit deeper into Parker's character. I loved all the layers to her, and all of her messy mistakes and flaws but I don't think it was completely driven home for the reader. I can easily see how some may get tired of her at first, because she is so good at hiding the real Parker behind a mask that I'm not sure she truly shines through by the end. Overall, I don't think Stealing Parker is quite as effective as Catching Jordan - it felt like there was a little too much heaviness for so few pages and like a bit more balance to the story could have worked better. But for fans who appreciate strong contemporary reads that aren't entirely simple, Miranda's books are an excellent place to begin. ARC received from publisher for blog tour & review; no other compensation was received.
Date published: 2013-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stealing Parker was AMAZING! I LOVE Miranda Kenneally!!! I loved Catching Jordan last year, so I had to read what was next in Miranda's series. It had me in a variety emotions, and practically by the end I wanted to read it again. It has everything you can think of while growing up and also being in high school. The family dynamics with the mixture of romance . I also liked that how she incorporated characters from Catching Jordan who also makes appearances! Which is one of my favorite things of her writing! This is definitely one of my favorites because Miranda Kenneally's characters are so amazing that you will be rooting for them until the end of the book! In her second book Stealing Parker, Parker is a very interesting character, totally different than Jordan. Parker is great at baseball and he also mostly friends with the boys, and once after the she had the perfect life, before her mother's scandal. It was soo emotional going through with some of the story. She then meets Brian, her (23 year old coach) and they both flirt with each other, and this romance was forbidden and with also her personal issues it was a lot of things going on! I really did like Parker as a character because lots of kids go through some of the things that she goes through as a student and a girl who is great at softball. She always puts others before what she needs and in the end doesnt deserve to be treated the ways she was. Then there is romance which I always love and then there is Will, who is always there for her when she needs him, and who can make you want to hug, and kiss him yourself! Will is one of those characters that you will love because he is sweet and kind, and does know what Parker is like. Miranda Kenneally is one of my favorite writers and in her companion novel, which I finished in practically 2 days was addictive and such a page turner! It was far from the perfect story of a perfect character and it made the story even better! The ending was perfect and Parker does regret was has happened during the book, but she is making amends. I cannot wait to read Miranda's next book Things I Can't Forget because its amazing! If you are looking for anything similar I recommend Such A Rush by Jennifer Echols!
Date published: 2012-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it, you won't regret it! So good!! I absolutely loved this book! It was even better than Catching Jordan for me. I'm not going to lie, towards the end of Stealing Parker I was an emotional wreck, I just connected so well with Parker. She is an easy character to like and love. Miranda Kenneally does a wonderful job making you fall in love with her characters. With this one being even better than the first, I can't wait for the next one! Parker is good girl, she really is. After her mother comes out and she is shunned and called names (snooty church people!!!!!) because she might be like her mother and be a lesbian (hey, it doesn't work that way!). So of course, she goes out of her way to prove that she likes boys. She takes it a bit too far when she flirts with Brian (the new 23 year-old coach) BUT Brian shouldn't have been encouraging her to continue! He's a teacher and she's under age, they both know it's wrong, but everyone likes a little forbidden romance once in awhile (right?!). That being said, I didn't really like Brian because of the way he leads her on. I didn't like Parker's church, they are a bunch of hypocrites (I have some personal issues going on right now with some church people who are acting the EXACT same way! They drive me crazy). Parker is a girl who always puts others needs and wants before herself and really doesn't deserve to be treated the way she is. Overall, this is an emotional story that will get you wanting more for Parker. I was quite happy with the ending and basically couldn't put this book down. I was pretty disappointed when it came time to go to bed when I was reading, I wanted to keep reading, but my daughter gets up too early. It's a really quick read and like I said, I can't wait for the next one! I'm loving Miranda Kenneally's writing style and characters! If you haven't read these books yet and you like contemporary and realistic fiction, you should definitely give these a go! They're excellent and you will fall in love with the characters!
Date published: 2012-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Miranda Kenneally Hits Another Home Run! Miranda Kenneally's debut Catching Jordan was one of my favourite contemporary novels of 2011. For months and months ever since then, I've been anticipating the release of Stealing Parker, a companion novel, and once the book was in my hands, I just had to read it right away! Stealing Parker took me by surprise in some ways. I'd been expecting it to be heartwarming and light in humour, much like Catching Jordan had been, but Miranda Kenneally has tackled subject matter that felt deeper and more mature this time around. I missed the camaraderie between Jordan and Henry, but Parker definitely had a good friend in Drew. He stuck by her side when her friends from church and the softball team shunned her after Parker's mother suddenly announced she was a lesbian and left to live with her new girlfriend. Feeling alienated by her peers and turning her back on the game her mother once inspired her to play, Parker quits the softball team, loses weight, and starts making out with boys to prove she won't be like her mother. Parker still attends church every Sunday with her family, but they aren't exactly welcomed as they used to be. At home, Parker feels alone and forgotten while her father and older brother deal with her mother's absence in their own way. It's not that Parker's angry at her Mom because of who she is, but rather the way her family has been ripped apart and shaken her faith in God. I wasn't exactly a fan of Parker's church group because of their lack of acceptance and the way they stigmatized her family because of her mother's sexuality, so sometimes it was hard for me to understand why Parker even cared about their opinion. And just when Parker thought her life couldn't get any more out of control, her love life gets complicated... She can't help flirting with the hot new assistant baseball coach, Brian, even though it's not exactly appropriate. And then there's Will, the baseball team captain who's unexpectedly very sweet and kind. Miranda Kenneally's Stealing Parker was an addictive companion novel which left me eagerly turning the pages! Parker is far from a perfect heroine, and that was perfectly okay. She makes mistakes and regrets her decisions, but she does what she can under the circumstances and learns from her experiences. I'll be hoping Jordan and Parker both appear in the next companion novel, Things I Can't Forget! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.ca/2012/10/stealing-parker-by-miranda-kenneally.html
Date published: 2012-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another winner from Kenneally Stealing Parker had all the charm, humour, and originality of its companion, Catching Jordan. Miranda Kenneally has a knack for telling stories that are honest and real, and that evoke a wide array of emotions. I absolutely adored Parker. She was one of the most relatable, authentic characters I’ve come across, and at times, my heart absolutely broke for her. She thought that being a good Christian meant being perfect and never sinning. Then when she did something wrong she was wracked with guilt, even though most of the time it was just normal teenager stuff. She wanted so badly to be a good person, and she was, but all she could see was how the church and God would see her. I just wanted to wrap my arms around her and hug her tight and tell her everything was going to be okay. I was aware of the religious aspect of this book going in, and I was worried it might affect my overall impression of the book. I’m not a religious person, and I tend to avoid books with religious themes, but after reading Catching Jordan, nothing would have stopped me from reading Stealing Parker. Parker’s Christianity is a big part of the book, but it was done in a way that didn’t bother me. Her letters to God, her questions, doubts, and anger were so achingly real it didn’t matter that I don’t have the same beliefs - I believed in her. I was angry at the hypocrisy around her, but thrilled and even proud when she learned to rise above it and realized that Christianity doesn’t have to be black and white, and it doesn’t have to be practiced in a strict, specific way. I give Kenneally huge kudos for taking a subject I normally stay away from and making it something that was enjoyable to read about. Then there were the boys in the book - Parker’s best friend Drew, her rival-turned-friend Corndog aka Will, and Parker’s crush Brian, who also happens to be the new coach at school. I loved Parker’s interactions with all three guys - they were alternately hilarious, touching, maddening, sweet, and heartbreaking. I honestly couldn’t imagine how things were going to turn out, but I liked that. In the end, the romance didn’t come easy, it wasn’t insta-love, and I loved that Parker learned who she was and what it meant to be herself before she ended up with a boy. Refreshingly original, bold, laugh-out-loud funny, sexy, and touching, with stand-out characters that won’t soon be forgotten, Stealing Parker has bumped Miranda Kenneally to the top of my ‘new favourite authors’ list.
Date published: 2012-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another fantastic read from Miranda Kenneally I loved this book. This book, like Catching Jordan, touched on so many important social aspects like girls playing sports, sexuality, religion, and falling for someone older. I loved Parker’s view on how people should be treated, but like many other people she realizes that she’s not even following her own beliefs. Then there is religion and I thought it was very well touched upon in this novel. Usually when I come across a book about religion I hesitate because I question how an author will deal with it. Well Miranda, in my opinion, does a fantastic job. She points to what really makes a Christian and sometimes were the lines blur and she makes me feel like my beliefs are being spoken through this book. Maybe I just scared some people, but really don’t worry there is nothing in here that makes you think you have to go to church every day and that certain things are sins and there is no over coming that. Not to mention this book doesn’t focus on religion all that much (only when Parker is trying to figure things out in her life). But the book touches on acceptance and what a real friend is. That being said this book rocked. For me it wasn’t as good as Catching Jordan and I think the only reason I say this is because there were many parts in Catching Jordan where I was torn between Sam Henry and Ty. In this book…not so much. If you’ve read the summary than maybe you already understand why, and if you still don’t then…well read the book cause I’m not ruining it for you. However, I will be honest and say there were still some moments that I actually felt bad for the guy and questioned what his motives really were. So, to say that an author can do that means they are a great writer. While reading this I cried, laughed, was confused, wanted to slap some people, and wondered how it would all turn out. Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally is a moving coming of age story that will touch your heart and opens you mind making you want more from the world that she created. Did I also mention that my favourite sport (which I also happen to play every summer, never failing) is Baseball/Softball? So lets just say this had me smiling when people were hitting home runs or triples. Well it just had me smiling in general when the subject came up. Good: Parker—I read some people’s progress updates while they were reading this book and I heard that they didn’t really like Parker. Granted there were some moments I was not very proud of her for but overall she was a good kid trying to figure things out. Some didn’t like that she talked about nail polish all the time. Well I say that it fit the circumstances well. Parker is girl whose mother revealed she was a lesbian and because of it people were questioning her sexuality. So she became a girly girl trying to make sure that no one would think she was a lesbian and shun her like they did her mother. Hence the ditching sports, losing weight, constant nail polish referrals, and making out with a lot of guys. Corndog/Will—At first I thought “rude”, but Corndog really starts to grow on you. I friggin love him. Drew: Drew is a pretty great guy who is going through a lot. And he loved Harry Potter. Gotta love him. Sam Henry: makes a few appearances in this novel and I love every single one of them. He is hilarious! Bad: I can’t say there was anything bad. I really really enjoyed it. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall the writing style was perfect. I never had to re-read something to understand what was happening. Instead I actually re-read sentences to make sure what I was reading was correct…along the lines of “That did not just happen!” or “oh my lord that was awesome!”. The humor came across very well in this novel (although as Henry wasn’t there that much there was less of it) and I found myself giggling and laughing out loud. View more of my review and others at my blog: www.mynotsovacantshelf.blogspot.com
Date published: 2012-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from As good as Catching Jordan! Miranda Kenneally's novel Catching Jordan was a surprising debut that immediately got many fans on the YA contemporary lit world (count me among them). Like many of you, I've been eagerly anticipating Stealing Parker, Kenneally's second novel, and I was very lucky to received a review copy of it. Oh! and let me tell you that Stealing Parker doesn't disappoint at all even though at times it felt very similar to Catching Jordan. Parker is seventeen year-old girl (almost eighteenth) whose life crashed down when her mother came out and left home to go live with her girlfriend to another city. Parker, as a good christian girl, goes to church every Sunday with her father, brother (her mother used to go too) but when Parker's church friend heard about mother, they just turned against her. In addition, Parker was an excellent softball player but unfortunately, her team started bullying her and telling her like her mother, she was a lesbian too. Few months after quitting the team, she looses all that muscle weight and starts to make out with as many guys as she can just to demonstrate everybody that she is no lesbian like her mother. But then everything changes. She becomes the manager of the guys' baseball team (where Parker best friend plays) and meets the incredibly hot Coach's assistant Brian Hoffman. Oh, and by the way, he is six years older than her! I really enjoyed Stealing Parker but during the first half of the book I felt like I was reading Catching Jordan all over again. In Stealing Parker, there is this specific situation between the main character and two guys that it's pretty much identical in both novels. So, at one point I asked myself; is this going to be the same as Catching Jordan? is it going to end the same way? The answer was no, not at all. Stealing Parker has a unique message that individualize itself from Miss Kenneally's first novel regardless the things they have in common. In fact, some things are similar but Parker deals with much more serious issues than Jordan did. Themes such as homosexuality, dysfunctional family, alcoholism, sexuality, illegal relationships, religious beliefs and even high school gossip are part of this book. So Parker has definitely not an easy story to tell. Miranda Kenneally put a lot into this and I think she solved all of these issues wonderfully. But regardless all the dark topics presented in this novel, the tone of the book it's light enough to make it an enjoyable read instead of a dense and depressing one. So Yay Miss Kenneally! you gave me a relevant, serious and meaningful novel without going all dark and heavy on me. I loved the tone and the voice of this novel, so thanks so much for it! Stealing Parker it's about the consequences that our actions can have in our lives and the people around us. It is about forgiving, understanding, emotional support, accepting people the way they are and of course, LOVE! Stealing Parker is as good as Catching Jordan and even though until the first half of the book they may feel very similar, Stealing Parker is a novel that stand and bright on its own bringing a whole bunch of relevant themes and beautiful charming characters that readers will be delighted to meet.
Date published: 2012-10-01