Series: Hundred Oaks #2
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on October 1, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Also in this series: Catching Jordan, Things I Can't Forget, Breathe, Annie, Breathe, Jesse's Girl
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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?
What I Thought…
- Stealing Parker is even better than Catching Jordan. My stomach was in one big knot the last half of the book!
- This book has nothing to do with baseball, and everything to do with life.
- So we have Parker and we have Brian, the new, 23 year old, baseball coach. While I do not approve of this kind of thing in real life, I love this kind of thing in books. If we are all being honest with ourselves, we’ve all had a crush on teacher at some point. (And if you say no, you are either lying or went to an all girls catholic school and were taught by nuns).
- One of my favorite things about Kenneally’s writing is that everything feels so real. The characters aren’t over the top crazy. They behave just like you expect teenagers to behave (real expectations, not “my daughter is an angel” expectations.)
- Parker is going through a really tough time. Her parents just got divorced, her mom moved away and she’s not handling it well. She makes a series of not so great decisions and a couple of really bad ones (see 23 year old baseball coach). I was totally yelling at her in my head while I was reading. I just wanted her to stop making these bad decisions and see the awesomeness that’s right in front of her face (though if that would have happened the book would have been very boring and pointless).
- There’s a fair amount of church in the book, but it does relate and it’s not preachy at all. I kind of considered Parker’s church to be a character in itself, and one that I could have smacked upside the head! Some people are so ignorant! The people of Parker’s church were not so great and I wish her dad would have seen that. Parker also struggles with why God lets bad things happen, but as I said, it’s not in any way in a preachy manner.
- Despite all the seriousness that goes on in the book, it’s super funny. And there are Harry Potter references. And you know you can’t go wrong with Harry Potter references!
- The bad decision of the year award goes to Brian. He’s a jerk and doesn’t treat Parker very well at all.
- I loved her friends Will (Corndog) and Drew. They were funny and witty and also not perfect. Her old friend Laura was the biggest bitch and was so completely selfish while they were friends, and after. It was annoying.
- Parker’s brother and dad are having struggles of their own. Her relationship with her mother is estranged and she really has no one close she can turn to to help figure everything out.
- Parkers struggles with life, family, boys and finding herself felt so right on the pages, I could have stayed in that book forever.
- Y’all I just loved this book soooo much. I could read it again right now it was so good.
“I don’t want to be just anybody. I want to matter, to be loved. I want the real.”
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