My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is the fourth Hundred Oaks book I've read, and I enjoyed it as much as the other three.
Parker's family has recently suffered some shame. Her mother left the family for a woman. Her brother has stopped caring about anything. Her father is in denial. And Parker gave up softball because of the constant bullying by her former best friend. She also became the valedictorian and knows what college she's going to.
Oh, and she started kissing boys. A lot.
It's important to her that people don't think she'll turn out like her mother.
At least she's got her dependable best friend, Drew. And when he signs her up to be the manager of the boy's softball team, she meets the hot new coach. That's when her crush on the older man starts and spirals out of control before she realises what's happening. The only problem is that while Brian excites her, he doesn't really want anything serious with her. Not to mention that a friend and former academic rival, Corndog, suddenly makes her feel happy and safe. But when everything comes out in the open, will she lose it all?
I love how every story in this series fits in so well, but are all so different. There are a few familiar faces, but we're introduced to a new set of characters with serious problems of their own. There are also some very interesting twists and turns in Parker's pursuit to find happiness while she works out and chases what she really wants.
She fights so hard to convince others she's nothing like her mother, that she ends up letting everyone else's judgemental comments and attitudes affect her life. It also highlights how important perspective is, and just how awful people can be.
I really loved this story. It's another winner!