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3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  14,629 Ratings  ·  1,071 Reviews
Red-hot author Miranda Kenneally hits one out of the park in this return to Catching Jordan's Hundred Oaks High.

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
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Paperback, 242 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Giselle
Feb 13, 2014 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own, contemporary
Catching Jordan was one of my favourite books of last year, so when I heard of another novel by Miranda I had really high hopes for it, especially after learning that it was a companion to Jordan - different characters but the same setting. I was happy to find another incredibly sweet, heartfelt romance in Stealing Parker, with characters that are just as charismatic, and a story that keeps you up for just one more chapter.

With Jordan, we were thrown into the word of Football, and now with Park
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Jasprit
Read-along with Rachel :) 4.5 stars.

When I first read about a companion novel being released for Catching Jordan I was super excited. Catching Jordan had been one of my favourite reads of 2011 and so I couldn’t wait to devour more of Kenneally’s work. However I did have my initial reservations about it too as I loved Catching Jordan so much I worried that I would constantly find myself comparing it to its predecessor. I was also worried that it would venture down a similar path, but gladly this
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Ashelynn
Oct 23, 2012 Ashelynn rated it really liked it
I don't know about you, but this book sounds EXACTLY like my type of book. Baseball + forbidden romance = HELL YEAH.

She really hit the ball out of the park with this one. Review to come!

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You can read my full review here.

For anybody that knows me, they know how much I love baseball. I love that game so much. I thrive on baseball like other people thrive on food. So when I found out Miranda Kenneally’s sophomore book was about baseball, and a forbidden romance (MY NEXT FAVORITEST THING EVER),
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Keertana
Oct 15, 2012 Keertana rated it it was ok
Shelves: why-the-hype
Rating: 2.5 Stars

Stealing Parker is, logistically speaking, not a bad book. In fact, I have an immense amount of respect for Miranda Kenneally for tackling on real-life, modern-day issues such as lesbian parents, gay friends, and even student-teacher relationships. Yet, I found myself to be sorely disappointed by this one. While I will admit that Catching Jordan had its flaws, mostly stemming from its dramaticism, it never altered by enjoyment and emotional investment of the novel. Stealing Par
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♥Rachel♥
Nov 10, 2013 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it
Recommended to ♥Rachel♥ by: Read-a-long with Jasprit

4.5 Stars.

Parker Shelton is a high-school senior that’s gone through some major hurt in her life. Her mother took off with another woman leaving Parker, her father and brother to deal with the damage. Her “good friend,” Laura, not only abandoned her but takes pleasure in her family’s fall from grace. She uses every opportunity to make fun of Parker, insinuating that Parker bats for the other team just like her mom. Parker feels the need to prove Laura and other gossipers wrong, by quitting the
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Sarah
This was a YA contemporary story about a girl who had a thing with the school’s baseball coach.

I liked Parker in this story, but I also though she was daft for thinking that a relationship with a teacher would work out! She should have really known that the whole thing was a bad idea, and stopped things before they went too far.

The storyline in this was about Parker’s relationship with the Baseball coach (Brian), as well as her worries over her mother and her church. I thought that Will was a lo
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Kelly
I've only read two books by Miranda Kenneally, and already I'm a fan of her writing style. Her prose is casual, uncomplicated, and absolutely addictive. There is just a fluid ease in the way that she writes that makes it hard to put her books down. That being said, I'm not a fan of the content in this particular book.

I planned on writing a full on review for this book, but I think Keertana's review pretty much says it all, and is far more eloquent and well put together than anything I could com
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Reynje
2.5 stars

I liked this more than Catching Jordan, and there were some aspects I enjoyed, but overall this was a bit frustrating and fairly predictable.

Also, I truly don't mean to offend anyone from Canberra, but when Brian lists Canberra as one of his ideal honeymoon destinations during a game of MASH, I actually *screech-laughed*.

WTF? Of all the places in Australia to choose.. Sorry, no. Just no.

*chortles* Canberra...
Devyani
Oct 06, 2012 Devyani rated it liked it
oh the cover is OUT !!

You know it's sort of cute but ermmm....
the guy's legs are set up on top of each other in such an angle it almost makes him look ......*coughs*

GAY .

(yes , my eyes do notice A LOT )
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
An Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes pulled from the ARC may be incorrect and may be subject to change.

Parker gains a reputation after her mother left her family for another life. Now she wants to change and remake her reputation. Becoming a bit of a player, Parker ends up becoming a shadow of her former self. Will it be too late for the old Parker sit up and notice that she’s becoming a person she can hardly recognize?

Lots of angsty topics about love, sex, fr
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Beth Hudspeth
Jan 07, 2016 Beth Hudspeth rated it liked it
The Hundred Oaks series took a darker turn with Stealing Parker. It is not something I didn't like, but something I just didn't expect. Catching Jordan seemed more light hearted. It had a few more serious themes, but ultimately surrounded around a main character, Jordan, who was happy. Stealing Parker's main character, Parker, was depressed and going through a tough time in her life. Her mother has left town to pursue a relationship that will make her happy. Parker is having a tough time back at ...more
Jennifer
Jul 12, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Parker Shelton's mom left her family for another woman. Her church and friends all turned on her so Parker quit softball, lost 30 pounds, and started making out with all different guys to prove she is not like her mom. I felt so devastated that Parker was abandoned in this difficult time. She has one great friend Drew who stood by her. Drew wants to spend time with Parker and suggests she help out with his baseball team and do the stats. Parker meets the hot 23 year old Coach Brian Hoffman exact ...more
Trish Doller
Aug 22, 2012 Trish Doller rated it it was amazing
I have one word for you: Corndog.
Princess Bookie
Jun 08, 2012 Princess Bookie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2012
Please Please Please Miranda send the tour site this ARC when it comes out!!! Love Catching Jordan!!!!!


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My Thoughts: You don’t have to read Catching Jordan to read this, but I still suggest you do! Read it first!

Back in September I was soooo excited when I first got a glimpse at Stealing Parker on goodreads! So Excited! After reading Catching Jordan and falling in love with it, I knew I would read whatever Miranda wrote next.

Stealing Parker is just as sweet and excellent as Catching Jordan wa
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Liz* Fashionably Late
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I found the whole plot pretty formulaic and while the author tried to tackle important issues I think it failed to really drive home the point.

The religious aspect was too heavy in the story and I didn't like the way things were solved with her church. Still, Parker's relationship with her mother was the best of the book. The teacher-student relationship was as disastrous as it was expected to be, the way she struggled with Brian's pressure was painful to read but what I really hated was the wa
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Laura
Jun 19, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
Recommended to Laura by: myself 'cause I'm awesome like that and loved her book Breathe, Annie, Breathe
4 stars. No, 4.25 stars!

Okay, so this one will be hard to write about, I think. For a few reasons. For one, there are a lot and some slightly contradicting emotions. And secondly, I can't say the name of the hero without spoiling this whole story for you which will make it hard to talk about the different characters. But I'll give this a try anyway.

I wish I hadn't quit the team last year. I wish I hadn't let my former friends influence everything I did. I wish I had understood that people will a
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Michelle
Feb 03, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing
NEGATIVES:

NONE. I LOVED THIS!

POSITIVES:

1. I LOVED THIS NOVEL! The story is so cute and fun. I couldn’t put this book down; I needed to know what was going to happen next. The pacing was great and there was never a dull moment. So much drama, romance, kissing, sports and more! This book was a step up from its companion novel ‘Catching Jordan’, which was also excellent.



2. I really loved Parker. Sure she had committed a few mistakes but everyone does! I loved seeing her grow and mature as the n
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Patricia
Mar 14, 2013 Patricia marked it as to-read
She's 17, he's 23. Give me this book.
Erin
Sep 11, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
This was my first read of Miranda Kenneally's work, so I wasn't sure what to expect from her writing. Coming off of a lot of racy YA books and contemp/adult romance novels, this one was very light for me, but I didn't appreciate it any less. Kenneally is a very good story-teller and created a good voice for the heroine, and this was a sweet story of young love.

Parker's world was completely torn apart when her mother came out and left Parker's dad for another woman. The congregation at the church
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Dee

Hmmm that was definetely a cute-sy story. Just wasn't exactly what I had hoped for, but it was still good otherwise. I really liked Parker (the MC) and her growth throughout the story. She was strong and she was independent. She was willing to even separate herself from people whom she knew were hurting her. I loved how she managed to stay strong and maintained her resillience even with all the misfortunes being hurled straight at her. So characterization-wise, this book wins it. I liked the sup
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~Tina~
Sep 02, 2012 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it
Recommended to ~Tina~ by: ♥Rachel♥
4.5 star

Parker Shelton loves softball, but she gave up the sport when her mom left her family for another women. Embarrassed and shattered by her broken family, Parker gives up on the game just to spite her mom and then goes out of her way to prove that she's nothing like her, and does in fact like boys. She loses the butch look and drops 30 pounds and hooks-up with random guys, earning her a bit of a rep that she's not exactly comfortable with, but doesn't really do anything about it. She losse
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Sarah
Oct 22, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: non-sports fans
Recommended to Sarah by: seemingly everyone
{This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.}

I am not one to seek out books I know I won't like--that's not how I roll. Despite that my negative reviews generate more pageviews and more comments, I have zero interest in reading things that don't appeal to me. There are far too many books in the world to waste my precious reading time that way.

As a result of that, I know some of you will be surprised that I read Stealing Parker after Miranda Kenneally's debut, Catching Jorda
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Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
I deserve a medal for dealing with this type of books.

Spoilers ahead!

There are authors who's have great ideas and you just can't wait to get your hands on a copy and when you do, you just die because the book is everything you've dreamed of. Well, something similar does happen here. Whenever I read a Kenneally book, I yell and shake my head because the characters do the most moronic things they could think of in order to 'learn their lesson'. I swear, I yelled so much while Jordan was picking
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Veronika
Feb 08, 2015 Veronika rated it really liked it
This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for a long time, so I thought it was time to read it. I adore Miranda's writing and Catching Jordan is one of my favorite contemporary books ever. But somehow I was hesitant about Stealing Parker, maybe because I thought it couldn't live up to the first book and I was scared I wouldn't fall in love with it. I needn't have worried! And though I did not fall in love with this book but I LIKED it LOT!

I didn't like Parker at the beginning but after a few ch
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Debby
5 STARS

My heart hurts right now. Though less cheery and bantery than Catching Jordan , Stealing Parker hit me right in the feels and was so meaningful... I need to just take a moment. *breathes out* Phew. I'm okay.

I didn't know what to expect at all, going into this book. I hadn't read the premise, since I got it for my birthday from Christina and was resolved to read all the Miranda Kenneally books in existence anyway. The two others that I'd read, Catching Jordan and Breathe, Annie, Breathe
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Donna {Book Passion for Life}
“Hey,” he says, giving me a bright grin, showing off the dimple in his right cheek. Yeah, yeah, I know you’re hot, Corndog. I fight the urge to roll my eyes. Thanks to the years he’s spent baling hay on his dad’s farm, Corndog has gone from not to hot, from scrawny to sinewy, from geek to god, and now has to beat girls off with a stick."

Miranda Kenneally really is on fire with books! First we see Catching Jordan – which was fantastic, and now she’s back with Stealing Parker and oh wow, this one
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Stealing Parker was such a great read! Thank you to Around The World ARC Tours for allowing me to read this ARC. This is definitely one of those books I will be buying and adding to my favorite book shelf. In Stealing Parker you get to see a few things that teens are facing today. The first is in the dynamics of the family. This is no spoiler because it is in the blurb but Parker's mother is a Lesbian and decides to leave her family to be with another woman and leaving the family in shambles. Pa ...more
Avery
Oct 03, 2012 Avery rated it it was ok
When I was presented the opportunity to read and review this book I jumped at the chance to do so (despite never having read "Catching Jordan"- yet), as it came so highly recommended to me (in fact, some of my friends who had read it had trumpeted author Miranda Kenneally as the next Stephanie Perkins and those of you who know me know that I LOVE Stephanie Perkins). Therefore, you could say that I had extremely high expectations- expectations which were not met in any way, shape, or form.

When I
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Kristi
Mar 15, 2013 Kristi rated it really liked it
Miranda Kenneally, I LOVE YOU!!

Have you read Catching Jordan yet? If you haven’t you really should! It’s sort of a companion novel to Stealing Parker. Same setting and some familiar faces. It’s fun to see that when reading Stealing Parker, plus Catching Jordan is AWESOME. One of my favs!

If you think that these books are all about sports, you couldn’t be more wrong. I was apprehensive about that myself, but they play a very minor role. I think the sports are used more to create this bond between
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Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.

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