Title : Jesse’s Girl
Author : Miranda Kenneally
Series : Hundred Oaks
Published by : Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date : July 7th 2015
Genres : Contemporary, Young Adult
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Practice Makes Perfect.
Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.
But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?
* A review copy was provided by the author via Netgalley for the Blog Tour *
~ 5 stars ~
Are you looking for that sweet, easy, fun and even sometimes sexy Mature YA read?? Well look NO further….You need to pick up Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!!! I honestly can’t say one bad thing about it. This was a sweet love story between two teenage kids from different walks of life, who learn to open up to each other and realize what they want out of life. This book was an easy pretty drama free book. The author did throw in some outside factors here and there to shake things up a little, but all the drama was short lived. I loved that when the drama did arrive, these characters didn’t act like typical teenage kids. They talked things out before jumping to conclusions.
Another thing I really liked was that the author showed us the negative side to stardom. How being a famous musician isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It can have some serious side effects on your family and friends. It can also cause some major trust issues.
Even though this is only the second book in the Hundred Oaks Series that I have read, I have to say it is a wonderful addition to the series, and makes me want to rush out and read the rest!!! I have to say I loved the overall HAPPY feeling of this story and the family love and support that is given to Maya during this book. Each of the family members (aside from Jesse’s mom and dad) played a strong role in this journey. This book was so well written that you can’t help but feel a part of the characters lives.
Jesse’s Girl is a story based on a seventeen year old girl named Maya, who has a dream of becoming a famous musician. So when her high school principal arranges for her to follow the famous Jesse Scott around for a day, she is thrilled!! To say the two didn’t hit it off, when they first meet, is an understatement.
Maya was a fun loving and relatable character. She was so different from what a high school teenager is like these days. She was raised in a low income family and has had to pass over things she has wanted because her family couldn’t afford them, but she never complains about it. She was fiercely independent, but very loyal to her family and friends. I absolutely loved her all the way through this book. As for Jesse….he starts out as kind of a jerk, but he will grow on you as the story plays out. Once things start coming out, you can understand why he is standoffish and hesitant to trust anyone…even Maya. I thought Jesse and Maya were wonderful together and actually had great communication skills.
What I loved the most about this book, was that we didn’t get the typical, rocker type story or YA story, with all the normal cliches we see in other books. I enjoyed that it was primarily drama free.
Jesse’s Girl is a stand-alone novel with a Happy Ending. It is a fairly quick read, so if you are looking for something to read by the pool or beach and not have to worry about excess drama or angst, then I would recommend this book!!!! This was totally what I had been looking for.
Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.
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