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The Big Picture (Katie Parker Productions #3)

4.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,328 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews

Katie is forced to leave the foster family she loves, an endangered town drive-in, and a boyfriend who suddenly can’t take his eyes off his ex. As life with her mom takes a serious nosedive, Katie must rely on her faith to keep it together.

Jenny B. Jones is the author of A Katie Parker Production series, including the book In Between . Though now an adult, she still relate

ebook, 205 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by NavPress Publishing Group (first published March 1st 2008)
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Ann Miller
May 25, 2013 Ann Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like usual, my daughter snatched Jenny's book before I could get my hands on it. That's when the torture began--hooting and guffawing erupting from the other room for hours while Her Royal Highness refused to tell me a single joke!
When my turn to read The Big Picture finally came, I laughed at Jenny's snarky humor till I cried. Katie Parker and her wacky foster grandma, Maxine, walked off the page and into my kitchen till I fed them pizza with the rest of the teen fixtures around here. When Jenn
Apr 11, 2014 Jacinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
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Pamela Hubbard
In this final Katie Parker book, Katie's life continues to be chaotic...from problems with Charlie, to Maxine getting engaged (then breaking it off), Millie's chemo, and finally, her mom getting out of prison. After two months, Bobbie Ann Parker finally contacts Katie and is determined to get her back. Katie is torn - In Between has become her home and she can't imagine her life without these people, yet she also desperately wants a relationship with her mom but has a hard time believing that he ...more
Sep 28, 2015 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series - so funny but also made me cry...
Kathleen Fuller
May 21, 2009 Kathleen Fuller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read all three Katie Parker books back to back, and was sorry to see the series end. There is a lot of potential for a fourth book, and I hope someday that will happen. Jones does a great job of showing the complicated relationship Katie has with her mother, the heartbreak of being taken from her foster parents (who she has grown to love) and the roller coaster relationship she has with Charlie. Thoroughly entertaining fiction for both young and old; highly recommended for all high schoolers ( ...more
Romance, Clean, YA, Christian
Katie's journey with the ones she loves, her foster family, her church family, and her friends are in an upheaval. As she tries to figure out her future, hold onto her heart and her new past, protect herself from harm, and do the best she can, JBJ does a great job of getting us in Katie's head, lets us see her heart, and tries to help Katie keep her hoped for HEA. As she struggles to be the 'grown-up', seeing her heart on her sleeve as she tries to keep her head up,
Jun 20, 2015 H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was an awful lot of praying in this one. Not like that's a bad thing, of course, but there seemed to be a written prayer every chapter for a while. It just felt like a lot, but then Katie was really struggling, so it also felt natural and important to the story. Anyway, this is such an enjoyable series. Katie really grows up in this one, having to make grown up decisions and make the most of crappy situations. I liked the continuing Mad Maxine drama, and I felt like Katie's own drama of he ...more
I loved this book as well as the first two.
I'm just finishing rereading the series.
The entire series is cute, funny, dramatic, sassy, kinda sad in parts, sweet, Katie is really sarcastic which i love! And Mad Maxine is just funny! Katie and Maxine are definitely drama queens!!:)
Bubble Bath Books
Bubby: I have found a new favorite author – and so has my teenage daughter. You know an author is good when I finish a book and NEED to buy the next two books immediately, which is exactly what happened with the Katie Parker books by Jenny B. Jones. And as for my daughter? I let her read the first book one morning during the last days of summer vacation and I swear to you she did absolutely nothing else except read. All three books. Luckily she reads freakishly fast!

Sissy: Here’s the thing about
Cathy Daniel
May 29, 2013 Cathy Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Loved it! I laughed and cried (more laughing) glad the part with her bio mom was short (that's all I'm saying on that) I'm really going to miss Katie and mad Maxine :( what a delightful series this is!
Oct 12, 2011 Faye rated it it was amazing
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I think one is my favorite out of the whole series! It deals with some more serious issues all the while keeping the laughs coming!
And Katie's new friend Tate is amazing!
Highly recommended :)
Nancy H Vest
Jan 13, 2016 Nancy H Vest rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite of this book series. Katie must face heart-wrenching circumstances beyond her control, but she and her faith are stronger than she realizes. She holds on to the truths she learned from her foster parents and grandmother, and her friends. Katie grows up a lot in this story as she is forced to face some truths about her mother and the consequences of her mother's actions. Still, this third installment has the same humor and humanness as the first two books in the series. Story ...more
Karen & Gerard
This book is Christian fiction that really didn’t have the ending I anticipated for a change. I really found the support Katie got from her church friends to be realistic and liked how this book shows girls and guys can be good friends. . One of the things that makes this book stand out from other teen Christian fiction is that it’s realistic and includes elderly people as well. The romance between the grandmother and her friend added to the story. The grandmother added so much humor to this boo ...more
May 23, 2011 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a good christain book, and being a teenage christain myself its hard to find books like these.
Lauren Ponte
Jan 07, 2015 Lauren Ponte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the third installation of the series, Katie comes face-to-face with more dilemmas. After her mom re-appears in her life, Katie realizes that In Between is her home. Maxine continues to light up the book with her antics and humor. The book has its dark spots, but is humorous nonetheless. As Katie deals with the hardships of being a teenager, her faith deepens and she becomes a stronger Christian. This book is beautifully written, which is no surprise after reading the first two books in the se ...more
Apr 04, 2016 S.M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I laughed a LOT in In Between and On the Loose, but Katie's story in The Big Picture brought other tears to my eyes. Don't get me wrong, the fun and jokes were still very much a part of this portion of Katie's story, but no matter how much you make fun of your crazy foster grandmother, life is going to catch up to you and reality will need to be addressed at some point. Katie's story is beautiful, and a little sad, but it's definitely a story of hope and trust in an almighty God who will always ...more
Jan 04, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jill Williamson
Oct 12, 2008 Jill Williamson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Katie Parker’s past closes in on her in The Big Picture, Jenny B. Jones’ final volume of A Katie Parker Production. Katie’s mom gets out of rehab and wants Katie back. The Scotts drive Katie out to Middleton, Texas, to her mother’s mobile home and her new life—or old life, depending on how things go. Katie leaves the Scotts, her best friend, Francis, and her boyfriend, Charlie, and sets forth on a new journey, hoping her mom is ready to make their family work.

From the start tensions are high be

Okay, I really don't know what to say. I'm totally speechless. This book is simply indescribable. There were so many unexpected twists and turns, making this book totally amazing! I was pulled into a fantastic journey with Katie Parker, and it was almost heartbreaking to see it end. I laughed, I cried, and I absolutely enjoyed every single moment reading this series. And I do not regret picking up these books. What more is left to be said?

Oh, btw. Just wanted to share my favorite quote from th
Jun 30, 2016 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mini review of the Katie Parker Production series originally posted on Dreaming Of Happy Endings.

What I Liked: This series is a perfect introduction to the Christian Fiction genre. I loved the main character, Katie, and her story. Her growth throughout the series, specifically in relation to her faith, is inspiring, as are many of the background stories throughout the books. I was very pleased that the Christian aspect was more subtle than I had expected. While it still played a very important p
Jossie Solheim
Oct 12, 2015 Jossie Solheim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If your looking for an easy, enjoyable read that will keep you giggling then the Katie Parker production books are for you.
With lovable characters, witty dialogue and a heartwarming emotional roller coaster of a plot. You'll quickly full in love with Katie Parker and her gaggle of interesting friends and family. I've loved this books so much, that I can't wait to take them from kindle format to solid paperbacks, that I can add to my bookshelves and cherish forever.
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Katie has found true family living with her foster parents while her mother serves a short sentence in prison. She has accepted Christianity, has found her place in the local high school, and has some great friends, even one that she is hoping will become her boyfriend. Then her mother shows up unexpectedly thinking she can just take her daughter home and Katie doesn't know if there will be a happy ending for her.

This was the first book I have read by this author and I loved it! It is in the Chr
Jun 06, 2015 Joann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book in series

I loved this book! The characters are so real, at times I felt the were my family, my friends! This book is very emotional as well as very spiritual. I couldn't put it down. Loved Maxine and her silliness and Katie, her humor and faith see her through the worst of times, looking forward to the next book!!

Jan 05, 2015 Angi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a harder read because it feels like Katie reverts to her "old self" as far as trying to deal with huge things on her own and keeping secrets that are harmful. It was another good installment, I'm happy with how it ended, but it was harder to read through everything with her birth mom. So terrible.

Regardless, I think this was my favorite so far...
Hmm... So, I had mixed feelings on these books. I read all three books on vacation at the beach, which was the perfect place to devour the series. They were sweet and fun, but I felt like they were ultimately a bit unfulfilling. I wanted a bit more - they never really felt like emotional reads, even though all the elements were there. It also got a little cheesy or over-the-top at times. And, honestly, I suspect I might have liked them more when I was an actual teenager. So, I ended up feeling m ...more
Feb 16, 2016 LeAnne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-ya, america
If I were a fan of contemporary teen fiction, this would be my new favorite book. It is laugh-out-loud funny and but deeply poignant when it comes to how Katie feels about her druggie mom. Jones hits the teen voice right on with all its confusions between right and wrong and which boy she likes. Foster grandmother, Maxine, is a stitch.

It did sit a bit funny with me to have the church kids all working to save the local drive-in theater. In my own childhood, Christians got up a petition to close
Nov 06, 2014 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another ace in the hole! While this novel started off a little slower, it picked up pace and didn't leave my mind, even when I had to set it down. While, this one was not as humorous, it had some really intriguing aspects to it. You really get to see some character development and growth, and meet a few new additions to the cast of characters! One not to be missed! Bring on Book 4!
Janet Friesner
Feb 12, 2016 Janet Friesner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As good as the first two. In this book, Katie's mom gets out of prison and Katie has to go back and live with her mother again which is difficult for her to do after living in a real family relationship for the first time in her life. Won't tell you what happens but it is good. Now on to the last book in the series.
Sarah Hendrickson
In this book Katie has the most to deal with. Her mom gets her back and she has crushes on two guys. In the middle she has a hard time dealing with missing everyone back at In Between. Bobbie Ann goes back to her old self and ruins her relationship with Katie. Katie's faith still holds strong by the end of the book. I think this book turned into a suspense in the end.
Karen Singrey
Jul 20, 2015 Karen Singrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Big Picture

My gosh, poor Kate Parker! She gets returned to her mom, who is not doing to well getting her life on track after her time in prison, relocates to another town and away from her friends and foster family, she quickly learns she is still without a mom who cares.
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Four-time Carol Award winner Jenny B. Jones writes contemporary romance with wit, sass, and Southern charm. Since writing for both women and teens leaves her with very little free time, she believes in spending her spare hours in meaningful, intellectual pursuits, such as watching E!, going to the movies and inhaling large buckets of popcorn, and writing her name in the dust on her furniture. www. ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Katie Parker Productions (4 books)
  • In Between (Katie Parker Productions, #1)
  • On the Loose (Katie Parker Productions, #2)
  • Can't Let You Go (Katie Parker Productions, #4)

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