Title: Stealing Parker
By: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: October 1, 2012
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?
Stealing Parker was an inspiring book that touches on one of the most difficult times in life for every teenager, but especially with Parker’s unique set of circumstances. Growing up in a small town, I can easily see how gossip, opinions and overpowering religious beliefs could create a lot of stress to a young girl whose mother has come out as a lesbian. I know how lucky I am to live in Canada where there is a great deal of tolerance and rights afforded to all the different family types but even here gossip and religious beliefs could cause a problem for families outside of society’s “normal”. Parker initially doesn’t react well to the change in her social status and starts to make bad decisions. Luckily she finds herself surrounded by caring people who help her see past herself and learn to accept the curves life throws at you. I enjoyed this book, it was a good read.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Stealing Parker at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.