Jan 6, 2013

Stealing Parker, Hundred Oaks,#2.

Stealing Parker.
Hundred Oaks,#2
Miranda Kenneally.
Publisher:Sourcebooks Fire.
Publication Date:October 1,2012.
Genre:YA Contemporary|Sports|Romance.


I’m officially in love with this series, with Miranda’s books. I thought that first book, Catching Jordan was a great novel. Stealing Parker was even better, at least in my opinion but that could be because I’m more of baseball fan, then football. Miranda is only author whose books, involving sports that I truly enjoyed and wanted to continue reading. As I read, I found myself able to feel connected with characters, the story. Even though Stealing Parker had quite bit of drama, that what made the book interesting, it’s type of drama that will keep the reader on reading. I already know that Miranda will be one of my favorites. I can’t wait till the next book comes out, curious what she creates next in the series.
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’m in love with cover and title. The title is very capturing. Once I read the novel, I could see why it was titled Stealing Parker. The cover is of course stunning, just like in her other book. You could tell that this is going be about baseball, even if you didn’t read the summary; you know that the book will deal with baseball, just by looking at the cover. How can you not love the cover? It looks completely stunning, especially the way that the girl and boy are lying next to one another, holding hands. Once I finished the book, I did wonder about the cover, I wondered if that was Brian or Will there with Parker. I have feeling that it’s possibly Will. I love covers that capture reader’s attention, it’s what would keep the reader to pick up the book, to read it.
Parker: Despite what others thought about Parker, I liked her right from start. I’m not too sure what I liked about her. I think it was despite everything that she had to deal in the book, especially with Laura, who seemed have it worse for her, she kept on going. Though Parker wasn’t as strong like Jordan was, but that’s what I liked about her, the fact that Miranda made her different. It was interesting for me to read about her, to see how she changed as novel progress, how her actions changed, especially when it came to boys. I didn’t agree with her actions, how she treated boys in the beginning but I could see why she did it, to block out fact that her mother was gone, what she did. I was glad that she changed; I have feeling that both Will and Brian had something to do with this, more Will. I was glad that Parker had Will. I was rooting for Parker to have happy ending, after everything that she had to deal with.
Brian & Will: I liked Brian at start; he seemed a pretty decent guy at first. Way he was with Parker and how he seemed to treat her with respect, and was there when she needed to talk. I was happy to see that Parker had someone that she could talk to. I wasn’t happy with Brian that he changed as their relationship progress; I seriously thought that Brian was different from other guys. Soon I found that I was wrong, he just wanted one thing it seemed like, pleasure and he was pretty demanding at times too. If he really cared for her, he wouldn’t hide her or he would go on actual dates with her, so I got feeling that he didn’t care for her, same way she did. I ended up disliking him, no girl should ever be treated like that, get used. Now Will was another story, the two of them seemed to connect pretty well, the moment that they started hanging out together. He actually listened to her when she talked, unlike Brian who barely let her talk. He also has a good heart, when it came to her and his family. I wasn’t too happy with Parker when she hurt him. I was glad that two of them were able to work everything out in the end. I was rooting for them to end up together. If only there were more guys like Will.
What I enjoyed about this book, is fact that it seemed more based on baseball, family relationships then romance. Actually that’s what made it so interesting to read. I wanted to see if anything in Parker’s family ever go to way it was, if she would reconnect with her mother again, most important if she go back to playing baseball. I felt like I learned bit more about baseball as I read the novel, especially stats, I didn’t know much about it, till I read the book.
If you love sports, drama, you will enjoy this book. I would highly recommend for you to give it a chance. Miranda has a amazing talent and I am looking forward, to exploring her future works.


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