Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Review: Jesse's Girl
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Published: July 7th, 2015
Paperback, 304 pages
4 Gold Stars
(summary from Goodreads)
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?
The Hundred Oaks books always put a smile on my face. The characters are fantastic and I love how each story weaves into the others without any over lap. There is always a new main character, but old characters always pop up to say hi and check in and I love series like that. Maya Henry is Sam's younger sister from Catching Jordan. She dreams of being a rock star and wants desperately to play her own music with her band, but they are into music that's so far beyond her. When she has to pick a job for career mentoring day, she picks rock star and is very surprised when she gets to job shadow Jesse Scott, Nashville's heartthrob. Maya is excited, but Jesse is not at all like she imagined him to be. He's rude, cocky and seems like he doesn't want Maya following him around. Maya isn't looking forward to spending the day with him telling her she's not trying hard enough to play her own music. But then Jessa starts to show her how he really lives, his secret hiding spots, and they have moments where Maya starts to think that maybe she is putting her music second and maybe it's time to step up and take charge of what she wants, and Jesse Scott may just be one of those things.
Miranda knows how to write a swoon worthy boy, and Jesse Scott is no exception.I could picture Hunter Hayes or any other country boy as I read the book, or even a male Taylor Swift. He has a sweet demeanor, but knows just how famous he is and how to use it. His relationship with Maya, though it had a rocky start, is wonderful and heart warming and I love how their relationship progresses through the day. The moments they share together alone, where they can be completely honest about their lives were great to read and made me fall for him even more. He sets her up with his recording studio, helps her with her vocals, and shows her that she is capable of so much more than she's been accomplishing. Compared to her ex-boyfriend, he treats her like a princess and I loved watching Maya gain confidence throughout the novel thanks to Jesse.
Maya and Jesse are adorable together. Miranda knows how to give me all the romance and love I look for in a YA novel and this one delivers. Hundred Oaks is one of my favourite worlds to go into and I was so happy to see Sam and Jordan have a part in this one. It's fun to see a couple that you saw get together being all relationshipy and domestic. They are adorable together and bicker like an old married couple and you can tell that they just belong together. They were there to help Maya when she needed advice and to appease us fans who desperately wanted more of them. I can't wait for more from Miranda and more in this series. This is one of those series that never has to end because it follows different characters every time and there's no way not to make a story about teens in this small town. I love that the other books are sports related and this one focused on music. It branched out from what we've come to expect from Hundred Oaks books and I can see great things in the future of this series. Can't wait for more, Miranda!
"You have to take chances to get a chance at your dreams."
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