Monday, 13 April 2015

Mini Review: Stealing Parker [Hundred Oaks] by Miranda Kenneally

Title: Stealing Parker
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Author Info: Website|Facebook|Twitter
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Hundred Oaks
Source: Purchased by myself
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: 1st October 2012
Rating: 3 stars

Tell Me About It
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?
My Thoughts
I've had Stealing Parker for a while, but getting a review copy of Breathe, Annie, Breathe gave me the push I needed to pick up the books in the series and get them read.

Parker lives with her Dad, and her brother, she cut ties with her Mum when she divorced her Dad to go and live with a girlfriend. Her family go to church every weekend, and while church is meant to be a place of forgiveness, theirs is too busy judging each other, judging Parker and her family, and making sure their own children have nothing to do with Parker, even her best friend has found someone else. Parker's life isn't the best, her Dad is quick to brush everything off or take the time to pray about things, her brother is going off in the deep end, bringing home girls, drinking himself into oblivion, and is just not himself at all.

Stealing Parker was an interesting book for me to read. I am not a religious person at all, I haven't set foot in a church willingly for as long as I can remember, but the fact that this church is telling them who they can and can't associate with was just wrong, how they treat Parker is just wrong, they should have been there to help and support them, and not be so judgmental. Their attitude sucked and I really expected more from them. Drew was a good friend for Parker, but I really disliked how he acts when he finds out what Parker has been doing.

As a character I did like Parker most of the time, the times I didn't like her were when she was stringing Will along, or how she acted with Brian. Saying that however, after everything that Parker has gone through, you can expect some immaturity from her especially with her age and her inability to speak rather than act on her feelings.

I did feel proud of her when she eventually comes to her senses, standing up for herself, doing something she loves, and finally accepting that she can't have everything the way she wants and that life keeps moving one, whether she wants it to or not.

Final Verdict
Stealing Parker was a quick read, and while there were a few moments I didn't really like too much, it was a good read.

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