Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: October 1, 2012
Source: ARC for blog tour
About the Book: Red-hot author Miranda Kenneally hits one out of the park in this return to Catching Jordan's Hundred Oaks High.
After her family's 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.
My Thoughts: This is the first book by Miranda Kenneally that I have read and you had better believe Catching Jordan (her debut) just rocketed to the top of my TBR pile. I loved the way Kenneally writes. I loved how sports are such a lage part of the book but not the focus... like, it isn't a book about softball. It's simply a book about a seventeen year old girl and all the different facets of her life. I think that's what made it so powerful.
I felt so many different emotions as I was reading this book. I teared up and laughed out loud at multiple parts in the story. I felt angry on Parker's behalf and even at Parker. I was disgusted by some of the characters and cheered for others. There was a lot of head shaking as I remembered my own teen years. All in all it was such an enjoyable experience. I was very content when I put the book down.
The one thing I do wish is that I had read Catching Jordan first. This book is its very own story but it takes place at the same high school so I think I would have enjoyed seeing the characters again (like in Sarah Dessen novel!) Obviously this isn't a complaint about the book... just my being a slacker and not reading Catching Jordan even though everyone was raving about it!
Miranda Kenneally is a great addition to the world of contemporary YA. I highly recommend checking her books out!