Monday, July 6, 2015

Review: Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally

Rating: ★★★★ 1/2 stars
Date published: July 7th, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Synopsis: 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?

What I Thought:

What a great story! I've been eagerly looking forward to reading this book. Miranda Kenneally released the first chapter a while ago and after finishing it I knew I had to read the rest asap. Luckily my wait wasn't that long, but it was so worth it! Maya and Jesse have this amazing chemistry that you can see almost from the first page and it continues throughout. 

I really liked Maya and Jesse. I liked Maya for her determination to make it on her own. I admired her for finding a way to do what she loved even with phobia she had. I loved her attitude for life and her love for her family. I hated how much she hurt when she realized the betrayal of those close to her.  I wish she would've told Sam and he would've railed on the a-holes who did it. I loved seeing Maya and the rest of her family. I think it made a huge difference knowing they supported her unconditionally and the sacrifices they were willing to make to do so.

Jesse was a surprise. I was at first taken aback at how abrupt he was, but I realized it was his protective armor. My heart broke for how cynical he'd become, but when some of what he'd faced was revealed, I understood why it'd become necessary. I also hated how he alone he felt. Jesse was talented, kind, giving, and sweet. I loved how he opened up to Maya. He shared a lot with her on their shadow day together. He also taught her like she'd wanted, both about music and about life. I loved seeing him enjoy himself on his day off with Maya.

It's surprising how much Maya and Jesse had to teach each other. I liked how they supported one another. I hope Miranda Kenneally will give them cameos in another story one day, as guest characters. Speaking of seeing favorite characters. I loved the cameos by Jordan and Sam. I especially loved seeing them together and finding out what they were doing with their lives. I really enjoyed Jesse's Girl. It's fast paced. I'm a little surprised at how quickly I read this book. I rarely looked to see how much I'd progressed into it. 

I would've loved to see more with Maya and her band, or even more with Jesse and his family. Those were the only aspects I would've liked more of. Other than that, the book was perfect in my opinion. I'm looking forward to more stories set in the Hundred Oaks world. Every story Miranda Kenneally has written so far has been phenomenal, and the streak continues with this one. 

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About the Author
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.

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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