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Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult
Kenneally has hit a home run! She uses a deft hand to deal with big issues: a complex sexual dynamic, a volatile family situation and a crisis of faith. Solidly developed and lovable characters, a complex plot and some humor make this a great read. With all the romance-based YA out there, Kenneally definitely stands apart.
When her mother came out last year and her parents divorced, it ruined Parker’s life. Her church rejected her, friends distanced themselves and everyone gossiped. Determined to prove she’s nothing like her mother, Parker starts making out with different guys each weekend, ignoring her growing reputation. When she develops a forbidden romance with the 23-year-old assistant boy’s baseball coach, Parker knows she’s in trouble, but she can’t seem to stop herself. When a wake-up call comes in the form of a life-or-death disaster, Parker must find the inner strength and faith to move forward — or collapse under the weight of her own mistakes. (SOURCEBOOKS, 256 pp., $8.99, ISBN: 9781402271878, PB, 13 & Up)
Reviewed By: Raven Haller
Published: October 2012