After a scandal rocks their conservative small town, 17-year-old Parker Shelton goes overboard trying to prove that she won’t turn out like her mother: a lesbian. The all-star third-baseman quits the softball team, drops 20 pounds and starts making out with guys–a lot. But hitting on the hot new assistant baseball coach might be taking it a step too far…especially when he starts flirting back. (Source: Goodreads)
I just wanted to grab Parker up, shake her and hug her. She is completely confident when in comes to softball and academics. She is Valedictorian and an All-Star 3rd Baseman. But when her mom comes out as a lesbian, she feels like her life is coming apart at the seams. She quits the sport she loves, because of mean girls. Her church ostracized her. Her old friends aren’t allowed to hang out with her. Parker is floundering around in a pool of guilt and judgement. Her father isn’t much help. But Parker is really a good girl hiding behind her lip gloss and bad reputation.
So Parker decides to 1) prove she isn’t like her mom 2) give them the bad girl they expect. But her badness isn’t what it seems and she’ll find didn’t make the statement she intended.
Parker decides to seduce Brian, the new assistant baseball coach. Everything in me was SCREAMING, the mother and the teacher. Oh My Goodness! I still liked Brian though. He was a good guy and was very conflicted about his attraction to Parker. It was obvious that he was in a period of turmoil himself, plagued with self-doubt when his baseball career didn’t go as planned. Brian was trying to avoid the adult questions, “What are you going to do now?” Parker made him feel young.
Parker talks God throughout it all and I feel he sends her Corndog riding in like a knight on a lawn mower. Will, a.k.a. Corndog, has been in fierce competition with Parker forever for that coveted Valedictorian spot. He is captain of the baseball team. Confident, Smart, Loyal, Leader and Family Man. Will waves the white flag of truce in order to get to know the “real” Parker. Their time together is sweet and organic. A real friendship blooms. Nothing makes my heart smile quite like a friendship that might turn to love. He even makes her see the possibilities, if she would ever get past trying to fulfill everyone’s bad expectations for her. Corndog is the kind of boy you hope your daughter finds.
BUT her bad choices will catch up with her and threaten to take away all she’s hoped for.
This was a hard review to write. To compare to Catching Jordan or Not to compare to Catching Jordan? Lets just get it over with. I love it barely slightly less than Miranda’s debut novel. Most because I HATED how Parker’s church made her feel. But I really love how Miranda rebuilt Parker’s world and confidence. You almost don’t see it coming. The path meanders, but you’ll close the cover satisfied. You need to get your hands on Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker (and you can, because Stealing Parker is available today), if you want to travel to land of the most incredible, good, quality boys.
When getting caught might be the best thing for you.