Mon, October 29, 2012

Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally Review

 Stealing Parker book cover

 Stealing Parker book cover

Stealing Parker
By Miranda Kenneally
Publication date: Oct. 1, 2012
Sourcebooks Fire, 245 pages
Source: Borrowed from Magan

Red-hot author Miranda Kenneally hits one out of the park in this return to Catching Jordan’s Hundred Oaks High.

After a 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.

— Goodreads.com description

First off, I really enjoyed this book because it fits into the Annalicious genre of books. What does that mean?

1. Humor
2. Contemporary
3. Boys
4. Authentic teen voice

AKA, highly enjoyable, right? Totally.

Only, I think I suffered a serious case of Old Lady Syndrome while reading this. What is OLS, you ask? Well, the general symptoms include shaking your head, thinking of the main character as “young lady” and making tsk-ing noises at the book.

In other words, I was a little too old and wise (HA!) to totally love it, because I spent most of the time thinking Parker was being a total fool. But did I make bad decisions? You bet I did (Though not to this extent, whoa, I was valedictorian goodie-goodie, certainly wasn’t crushing on a teacher! AHHH!) So I think teens will really love and relate to this one.

Totally fun, totally good. Just watch out for OLS if you’re a young-at-heart adult (rather than a young adult), like moi.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Juhina said:

    Hahahaha OLS, I think I suffered from that a bit too. Some of the stuff Parker was doing just had my head shaking left and right in disapproval.

    – Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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  2. Lori said:

    I’ve been known to suffer from OLS from time to time. 🙂 I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed it, though.

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  3. Bookworm1858 said:

    Based on the summary of this book, I think I may have OLS as well but I still really want to read it especially because I’m already anticipating adoring Catching Jordan when I read it later this week.

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  4. Lisa said:

    Teacher crushing!
    Teen Lisa is freaking out!
    Adult Lisa is tsking like a mad woman.

    I can always rely on you for some solid perspective, yo.

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  5. jen said:

    TSKing. I did this all throughout Catching Jordan. I’m so torn on whether or not to read this, because Carla liked it but I didn’t have so much luck with the first Kenneally book. What’s a girl to do?

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  6. Katie @ Youth Literature Reviews said:

    Ah, the dreaded OLS. I suffer from this often, especially when watching teen shows like “Switched at Birth.” I’m always siding with the parents!

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  7. Diane Reed said:

    I have to say, it’s nice to see that someone else suffers from OLS once in a while, not just me! But you were generous regardless–nice review : )

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  8. April Books & Wine said:

    I kind of think you should do an expanded post or a stick figure video about OLS, because I HAVE IT BAD.

    That said.

    I am still going to read Stealing Parker EVENTUALLY. Right after I get to Catching Jordan hahaha.

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  9. Carla said:

    gurl totally had OLS when reading this one too!! couldn’t crush on the teacher because I found it yucky and was like DUDE you should know better.

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