Stealing Parker

By Miranda Kenneally

"A hero who will soften your heart."―Jennifer Echols, nationwide award-winning writer of Such a Rush

Parker Shelton pretty well has the appropriate existence. She's on her option to turning into valedictorian at Hundred Oaks excessive, she's made the all-star softball group, and she or he has lots of pals. Then her mother's scandal rocks their small city and without warning not anyone will check with her.

Now Parker desires a brand new life.

So she quits softball. Drops twenty kilos. and he or she figures why kiss one man while she will kiss 3. Or 4. Why restrict herself to school boys whilst the majorly lovely new baseball trainer turns out specifically flirty?

But how a ways is simply too a long way earlier than she loses herself completely?

Praise for Catching Jordan:

"A must-read for teenagers! i could not placed it down!"―Simon Elkeles, New York Times bestselling writer of the Perfect Chemistry series

"With a shrewdpermanent, genuine voice, Kenneally proves as soon as and for all that once it involves making life's hardest calls-on and stale the field-girls rule!"―Sara Ockler, bestselling writer of Fixing Delilah

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You simply double dipped your celery into my peanut butter! ” “Stop evading the question,” I answer, chewing and double dipping back. “I acknowledged yes,” Drew says quietly. He reports his socks. “Please don’t inform anyone. ” “I won’t. ” “Especially no longer Corndog. ” “You obtained it. so that you and Tate were talking…? ” “Mostly messaging on fb. ” he is taking one other chew of PB&J. “It’s good…it’s strong to understand anyone like me. It’s reliable to have a pal. ” “I’m pleased. ” i will slightly sit down nonetheless I’m so chuffed for him. “Do you think that you’re attracted to something extra with him? ” Drew’s face is going all distorted. “Why are you so drawn to what i believe of Tate? Is it as a result of Corndog? simply because if I don’t like him, you could? ” My chest hurts. My face flushes. “Drew…please…” “Sorry,” he murmurs, starting the refrigerator and grabbing the milk to pour himself a tumbler. I set my celery on my plate and check out to disregard the guilt dashing via me. I vow to not inform Drew approximately baby-sitting with Will this night, simply because he’ll by no means think it’s a just-friends factor. i will be able to have a mystery courting that happens in a Ford F150 with a man who’s six years older than me, or i will admit my emotions for Will, a boy who’s no longer drawn to a woman like me, and lose my ally within the technique. Or i will be able to be related ole, related ole. I take a chunk of celery sans peanut butter. ••• Will opens front door, and the sides of his mouth slide right into a grin. these blue eyes drop to mine, and he invitations me contained in the farmhouse that’s been within the Whitfield kinfolk for anything like 5 generations. “Bo’s completing dinner,” he says, taking my jacket to hold it within the closet. “You hungry? ” I wave a hand. “I’m stable. the place are your different brothers? ” Will leans opposed to the doorframe. “Rory went to a film, and Trey’s at a friend’s apartment. ” “So it’s simply me, you, and Bo? ” “Yep. Come on. ” He grabs my hand and leads me to the kitchen, the place Bo’s fiddling with his nutrients, dipping fowl nuggets into applesauce. He scrambles out of his chair and into my hands. I bury my face in his neck, taking in his odor of crayons and juice. Will grins to himself and begins cleansing up Bo’s dishes. “Hey, Bo,” he says. “Want to teach Parker your party stuff? ” I act stunned. “When’s your birthday? ” Bo appears to Will for aid. “You flip 5 on April Fool’s Day, correct? ” Will says, and his little brother nods. “When mother referred to as Dad to claim she used to be in hard work, he concept she used to be kidding and was once method overdue to the health center. I stayed within the supply room till he rushed in on the final minute. ” “That’s sweet,” I answer, smiling, although I’m kinda resentful of his family members. “My birthday’s on April fifth,” I inform Bo. “Our birthdays are within the comparable week. ” I depart Will washing dishes and keep on with Bo to his room, the place it seems like his mother has been engaged on invites. “You’re having a baseball and dinosaur themed occasion? ” He nods, and exhibits me dinosaur streamers and baseball celebration favors. lovely. Bo plops down at the rug to play with Matchbox automobiles, so I kneel with him and force a yellow racecar up onto his mattress and again to the rug after which up my arms and legs.

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