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Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally 
17th-Jan-2013 07:00 am
Cover art for Stealing Parker, featuring a white girl and a white boy lying on their backs on a green field, a baseball mitt between them. They're both wearing jeans. The boy wears a white t-shirt while the girl wears a pink long-sleeved t-shirt.Title: STEALING PARKER
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication Date: October 2012
Pages: 256
Status: electronic (purchased)

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We’ve got a problem here. I loved STEALING PARKER so very, very, very much that I want the whole world to know it, but I’m not sure I’m capable of discussing it in a coherent fashion. If I had my way, I’d send y’all a psychic blast that would at once communicate my deep love for the book and a wealth of textual evidence to support that love.

Alas, we do not yet possess the necessary technology.

How ‘bout a short, gushy, ungrammatical review instead?

OMG YOU GUYS STEALING PARKER is even better than CATCHING JORDAN there’s still lots of sports stuff but there’s also even deeper emotion and FAMILY STUFF and TROUBLED FEELINGS and Parker is so so so wonderful and I felt terrible for her and could totally understand how she felt about her mum being a lesbian because even though she does some objectionable things they make sense within her cultural context and anyway she’s not upset about her mum being gay she’s down because her mum LEFT and that’s gotta hurt and anyways the text gives her the tools she needs to make peace with it and OMG HOW AWESOME IS CORNDOG I LOVE CORNDOG and romances like this one are the BEST the absolute BEST because there’s a genuine and tangible connection between both parties but all these totally in-character things keep them apart and I LIVE FOR THE TERRIBLE HORRIBLE POSSIBILITY THAT TWO PEOPLE WHO BELONG TOGETHER MAY END UP WITH OTHER PEOPLE YOU GUYS DON’T EVEN KNOW and I thought Brian was creepy and there's also some great religious stuff which isn't creepy but is instead balanced and meaningful and I cried SO DAMNED HARD when Parker made that particular phone call I couldn’t even see my e-reader’s screen for all the tears and then the ending was perfect and y’all, I implore you to read it, because it is GOLD, Jerry, GOLD.

5 stars – loved it to the point of incoherence and/or verbosity

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