Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks) Paperback – October 1, 2012
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-A companion to Catching Jordan (Sourcebooks, 2011), this novel is set in the same Tennessee high school and has similar elements (a smart, athletic girl in a love triangle with hot, athletic boys), this time with baseball and softball at the center instead of football. And the formula works. Parker Shelton considers herself a good Christian girl; she is a talented athlete, a churchgoing virgin, and the valedictorian of her class. But while she should be worry free, the drama has just begun. To start with, Parker's flirtatious ways have resulted in a not-so-favorable reputation. While it isn't entirely based on fact, Parker does start secretly dating both the 23-year-old high-school baseball coach and the captain of the team. Her usual support system-her best friend, her church, her family-has grown distant for a variety of reasons, leaving her to flounder. By the end, though, Parker has recommitted to protecting herself and doing what is right for her, and has reconnected with some of the strongest people in her life. The teen finds herself in tough situations not because she is foolish or a victim but because of complicated interpersonal, familial, social, and religious reasons, inviting readers to empathize with and not judge her and her peers. Kenneally's respect for her characters is clear, making both Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker positive additions to the teen romance genre.-Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Parker’s life has done a 180 in the past year, ever since her mother left her father for a woman. Parker’s quit the softball team to avoid the whole butch softball player who probably likes girls stereotype and fools around with multiple guys to drive home the point: she’s not like her mom. But when Parker becomes team manager for the boys’ baseball team, she starts to fall for 23-year-old assistant coach Brian Hoffman—exactly 52 days before her 18th birthday. Meanwhile, Parker’s brother is getting high, she’s not speaking to her Mom, fellow churchgoers have shunned her, and former rival Will is becoming a friend. And that’s just for starters. It’s an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink problem novel, but Kenneally (Catching Jordan, 2011) manages to keep the balls mostly in the air. Parker’s notes to God and the role of religion in her life sometimes feel like afterthoughts. Still, this breezy read may speak to sports fans, reluctant readers, and girls who like forbidden love mixed with happy endings. Grades 8-12. --Ann Kelley
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Stealing Parker felt heavier to me than Catching Jordan. The reaction Parker's church and friends had to Parker's mother's sexuality was not an easy read. Parker need support and instead she had most everyone turn their backs on her or give her the cold shoulder. The struggle Parker faces when questioning her church and her personal relationship with God was brutally honest and emotional. Kenneally did her justice in her portrayal of the difficult situation Parker was facing.
Aside from the religious aspects , Parker also fell into a complicated romance. While Parker stumbles and makes some mistakes, she stays strong; she learns and grows throughout the course of the book. My primary reasoning behind the three star rating has to do with the romance. Parks of the romance I just did not really like.
Stealing Parker was a heavier yet still enjoyable addition to the Hundred Oaks series. I will caveat this book though: If religion and religious struggles are not for you, then this might not be the book for you. Now to start Things I Can't Forget ;)
Parker Shelton has been dealing with a lot of things since her mother announced she was a lesbian and left their family. Her (former) church friends abandoned her. She’s taken over her mother’s household duties. And, even with all this, she’s dealing with the ups and downs of being a teen. The way she chooses to cope isn’t necessarily the most ideal, as she loses herself in boys (even the ones who aren’t right for her) and tucks her feelings away never to be discussed. She even lets go of softball, because it’s too hard for her to bear without her mom. While it certainly appears like Parker is a hot mess, her actions actually seem likely in her case.
There is one helpful activity she engages in – writing letters to God. There’s a question attached to almost every letter, making it clear to readers that Parker is questioning everything she thought she knew about faith and God. Watching Parker go through this process of trying to understand God’s will really struck home with me. The book doesn’t make the solution preachy or take the easy way out. It instead reads as the story of one girl’s attempt to make sense of her own situation, all while factoring her faith in the process.
This novel felt so realistic, which is what I loved most. Questioning the things you believe is something that almost all of us do, and Kenneally manages to convey it well. Plus, it becomes even more challenging when we encounter traumatic, highly emotional situations! Parker’s journey managed to mirror this experience we all have in a truthful, believable way, which is all thanks to Kenneally’s writing style.
Of course, this book would not be complete with just a hint of romance – and it comes in the form of Corndog, a.k.a. Will Whitfield. He’s my favorite Kenneally hero, mostly because he’s adorable. He has a wicked sense of humor, athletic ability AND manages to be smart too! What really won me over were his kindness and his strong relationship with his family and his friends. The way his relationship with Parker develops certainly feels organic. They begin as rivals, and then become friends and eventually, they develop into something a little bit more.
Stealing Parker is definitely my favorite of the Hundred Oaks books! The elements that make this story strong - questions of faith, romance and familial issues - were really written well. It's a book that will do well with most readers, particularly if they find themselves able to relate to Parker as much as I did.
Parker is a girl who thought she knew walnut she wanted. But when her mother leaves for a woman and her church turns on her along with her "best friend" she has no clue what to do, except prove to Laura and everyone else that she's not like her mother at all. So she drops her favorite sport, looses weight and kisses guy after guy using them. As she gets closer to turning eighteen Parker struggles to hold on to what she was taught and what her once so called friends still tell her. She's learning what type of person she really is and not what people tell her she should be like. And what type of guy she's interested in, who will be worth showing her true self to. But somewhere between it all Parker finds herself again and this time she does not let anyone tell her how to live her life. She disconnects with her Mom and God.l and learns to live her life like she wants to.
I have read all of Kenneally's books and they are all really good and well written. I definitely give her a five for everything she's written. In all her books she really goes deep with her characters and understands teenagers and God.