Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Carla's Thoughts: Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally


Published 1 October 2012 by Sourcebooks

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.

It is a truth universally known that hot guys who play sports achieve a higher level of hotness....and hot guys that coach sport? FIRE IN MY PANTS (see Coach Taylor as an example of this). I said BURNNNNN it’s HOT in here, we've got to make his clothes disappear! Ahem. So when I first heard about Stealing Parker I was like ‘MIRANDA WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE YOU DELICIOUS DELIGHTFUL PERSON’.  Because hot coaches are my jam….but this book was SO MUCH more than just a hot coach.

My girl Parker likes to make out with all the boys. I mean, who can blame her?  They all play sports and are unfairly (unfairly because WHY AREN'T YOU REAL CORNDOG WHY) attractive. Plus, making out is one of my favourite things to do.  But kissing boys because your mom is gay and you’re afraid people will think YOU are too? WHAT EVEN. I am all for some tonsil tennis but you should like the dude before you start exchanging saliva. 

I love you Parker but this whole ‘I’m going to kiss all the boys because I don’t want people to think I like girls’ is STUPID, because you are smart and clever and have got ALL THE THINGS going for you and acting like someone you are not is NEVER a good idea.  Also? Those people at your church are jerks. They’ll get what’s a-coming to them. Hopefully some kick ass divine intervention. (tell you a secret? I used to go to Sunday school TOO. I KNOW RIGHT?). 

Brian. HOLY SMOKES. Damn is the coach one hottie.  And y’all I really would jump this kids bones (I’m older than him SO THIS IT TOTALLY OKAY) (wait, what?). The ‘thing’ with him and Parker is a sealed deal…you see it coming from a mile off and some of the scenes are like wafting-your-face-to-cool-down-looking-around-to-make-sure-no-one-can-see-you-blushing-hot. But they all have that little niggle where you’re like EWWWWWW dude she’s a minor and you’re in a position of authority and DON’T BE SO GROSS YOU OLD GUY YOU.

Kenneally goes to town with the issues in this book…..religion, drugs, sex and sexuality and she does it with her standard aplomb. Her writing is self-assured and confident and whilst she covers all these issues the book never stepped into ‘issue territory’ where you feel like you’re being preached at to Do The Right Thing.  The interactions between the characters are funny and all the secondary characters are as nuanced as the main cast; they’re not just page filler, they have a purpose and they fulfill it.I especially loved the little journal notes at the start of each chapter – they gave me the emotional connection to Parker that I needed to fight her corner

Packed full of poignant moments and zing worthy dialogue, Stealing Parker is a cracking second novel from a writer who is hitting it out of the park and claiming a home run of her own.  

19 comments:

  1. OKAY, THIS, EXACTLY. That shit with the coach is freaking SO STEAMY but at the same time I was like noooo you should really stop, please. And I agree with you so much about Stealing Parker really delving into the issues but not being all life lesson-y. It's just life.

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    1. right? SO STEAMY but kind of yucky. kind of i know its wrong but why does it FEEL SO GOOD.

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    2. YUCKY. But then you're like "oooh." But then it's like YUCKY all over again. CONFUSION!

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  2. Yes! YAY! So glad you liked this book. I really did, too, and I thought Miranda did such a fab job of balancing all the issues. I was amazed by how much was going on, but how it didn't feel chaotic or overwhelming. I need more Miranda in my life. :)

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    1. you are SO right Magan...I liked that it was an issue book without being all preachy. I will ALWAYS need more Miranda in my life.

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  3. You had me at Coach Taylor. Well, you had me before you got to that part, but Taylor solidified my had-ness. This is so a typical Carla review and reminds me how much I LOVE THAT YOU ARE BACK <3

    I didn't like Catching Jordan at all, but this sounds like I should give MK another chance. HOT COACHES. I totally married one, so I have a thing for them.

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    1. COACH TAYLOR!!! (coach brian is not as hot as coach taylor and man is he a giant sleaze but he is yummy and gross all at the same time).

      AND THANK YOU SO MUCH! I like that I have a 'typical' review and it's mainly me talking about making out and/or hot guys.

      I really loved Catching Jordan - though I will admit I didn't love this quite as much...this is a totally different story though and I think you will like it.

      also? HELL YEAH for marrying a hot coach, you and mr jen are both sooooooo pretty I would totally hate you if I didn't love you.

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  4. You have invoked the FNL rule. (For the record, I'm not super clear as to the definition of this exactly, aside from the fact that mentioning FNL in any capacity makes me instantly want/need whatever was being compared to it). I was going to read this anyway, but now I'm definitely IN.

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    1. the FNL rule gets the best of us. CLEAR EYES FULL HEARTS CAN'T LOSE.

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    2. I LOVE THE FNL RULE. Now if someone would just write a book about Matt Saracen being the pimp that he is, I'd be all over that shiz.

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  5. I am so excited for this book; I still need to read its companion novel first but I am quite sure I will adore the steamy times even with the hint of inappropriateness.

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  6. You know, this might just be me but I was all for her going for the coach until... you know the part that I'm talking about I'm sure. Maybe I'm just optimistic.

    But yes I had to keep closing the book and fanning myself. I think my husband thought I was nuts because I would not close the book quietly either. It was more like the slam of a paperback.

    I actually bought a finished copy yesterday! Can't wait to reread. (That's another thing about Miranda's books... you WANT to read them again and again!)

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    1. oh i totally know the part you're talking about. I was all OMG YES and then was all EW COACH WHAT.

      and HAHAHAHA!! I kind of gawped a lot and got the sexy time giggles. and yes yes!!

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  7. OOOH THIS ONE SOUNDS SO GOOD!!!

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