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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  11,119 ratings  ·  909 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
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
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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♥Rachel♥
Nov 10, 2013 ♥Rachel♥ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to ♥Rachel♥ by: Read-a-long with Jasprit
Shelves: signed-by-author

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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Keertana
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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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
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 )
Jennifer
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
Princess Bookie
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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Trish Doller
I have one word for you: Corndog.
Patricia BookExhibitionism
She's 17, he's 23. Give me this book.
Erin
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 4 of 5 stars
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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Michelle (SweetBookReviews)
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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Sarah
Oct 22, 2012 Sarah rated it 2 of 5 stars
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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Tammara
Parker Shelton is one hot little mess - on purpose.

When a parent comes out of the closet, there's really no choice about separating from the family, even when there's no "other somebody" involved. The existence of an other somebody just makes it harder for those left behind. While coming clean about who you are is necessary and good, the longer it's put off, the higher the price tag - to yourself, and everyone you care about.

In Parker's case, Mom's other somebody + the truth = leaving town and a
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Zemira 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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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
Kristi
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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Jennifer Lane
Miranda Kenneally Knows Sports Romance!

Any book that has a character named Corndog is my kind of read. :-D

I adored Catching Jordan so I was eager to read the story of one of Jordan's classmates, Parker Shelton. She's a high-school senior softball ace who quit the team after a scandal rocked her family life. Now bound for Vanderbilt next year, Parker is searching for an activity to fill her free time.

Parker decides to join her best friend Drew on the baseball team by becoming team manager, helpin
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Lesley
Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally sees another sporty heroine trying to hold her own in a jock dominated high school environment. Like it's predecessor Catching Jordon, Stealing Parker is a completly addictive Young Adult book that had me laughing one minute and crying the next.

Parker's life is turned up side down when her mum leaves her dad for another woman. Their church (who annoyed me no idea they were so freaking judgemental) freeze them out and kids at school are whispering behind Parke
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Avery
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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Sofia Lazaridou
I refuse to continue reading this book!I had so high expectations(I didn't know it was a companion to Catching Jordan), I was so exceted and wanted to read it immedeately.Then reality came and I was crushed.

It's like catching Jordan and since I didn't like it I could not like this one.I stopped at 30% or somewhere there and looked a bit in the end.And the revelation came.Parker ends up with a guy who isn't Brian.A part of the plot is exactly like catching Jordan.Mark my next words.In the next bo
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Tash
Quick review:

Title: 4/5
Cover: 3/5
Plot: 5/5
Writing Style 4/5

POV 1st person (Parker)
Book Boyfriend: (view spoiler)
Quote/s:



^This wasn't the strongest line in this book but when I read it, it really hit me for some reason. I just had to make a photo text of it.

“When God created the Earth, he had such a sick wicked sense of humor. He made everything that’s wrong feel really, really good. ”

Random Comments:

I love how religion was tackled in this book. Being an agnostic te
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Judith (Paper Riot)
Love! Wish it had been a little longer, though. I want more Parker and Will. Keneally is definitely a new favorite author. Love how she portrays friendship and sex (separately, though sometimes at the same time).
Aimee (Coffee Table Reviews)
Feb 29, 2012 Aimee (Coffee Table Reviews) marked it as to-read
Shelves: ya, ya-contemp
I can't wait for this! I loved Catching Jordan! But why do I have to wait for October?!?! Definitely going to preorder.
Katie
Miranda Kenneally is quickly becoming one of my favorite contemporary authors; right up there with Jennifer Echols, Sarah Dessen, and Sarah Ockler. I had very high hopes for Stealing Parker and I am so happy to say that I was not at all disappointed.

Parker is a lot like Jordan in some ways. She’s feisty, strong-willed, athletic, and most of her friends are boys. However that is where the similarities end. Parker is not nearly as easy to like as Jordan was. Parker does some stupid things and she’
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Hannah
I'm having a hard time coming up with a way to start this review - the only words I can think of right now are "LOVE" and "squee!" because that's just how I felt about Stealing Parker! I loved Catching Jordan, and this is another fun but poignant read from Miranda Kenneally!

At first, I wasn't sure what to make of Parker - she's not the type of character I'd usually connect with. But somehow, I grew to love her. Sure, she makes some bad decisions, which can be frustrating for the reader, but she
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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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