Red-hot author Miranda Kenneally hits one out of the park in this return to Catching Jordan’s Hundred Oaks High.
Parker Shelton pretty much has the perfect life. She’s on her way to becoming valedictorian at Hundred Oaks High, she’s made the all-star softball team, and she has plenty of friends. Then her mother’s scandal rocks their small town and suddenly no one will talk to her.
Now Parker wants a new life.
So she quits softball. Drops twenty pounds. And she figures why kiss one guy when she can kiss three? Or four. Why limit herself to high school boys when the majorly cute new baseball coach seems especially flirty?
But how far is too far before she loses herself completely?
This is one of those books about losing control, which is always hard to read. It covered a lot of “important!” topics. Divorce, woman-shaming, bullying, addiction, LGBTQ, inappropriate relationships, “rules of friendship,” mental illness, discrimination… And yet it was all packaged in a cute, light and fluffy read!
I liked how faith and religion was portrayed in several different lights. Some characters were more about doctrine than anything else, others placed value on the community and friendships, others clung to it out of desperation, others focused on a personal relationship with God, and others were kind of confused and looking for guidance. I would like to think that people are more accepting today (some parts were a little dated, like references to “Like a G6”), but that might be my liberalism showing. This is the South, and I feel like some things are still worlds away from happening.
Aside from that, this story is definitely characteristic of Miranda Kenneally. It was a rom-com that got crazier and more off-the-handle as we went. Also, I’m a sucker for a good corndog.
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