Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: eARC, 304 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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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?
I truthfully believe Miranda Kenneally can do no wrong. Her books are the perfect escape from every day life. They have a ton of heart and humor – strong girls and seriously swoony boys – and, best of all, they tackle realistic issues teens face. I love how they let me get lost for a few hours.
Jesse’s Girl was a fantastic addition to the Hundred Oaks standalone series. I’m a sucker for books having to do with music – particularly country music, which is odd because I rarely listen to country music – so I knew this would be right up my alley when I started. I ended up getting completely sucked in right from the very start.
The characters, as always, were just plain wonderful. Maya was a great protagonist. She was sweet and likable. I didn’t like some of the things she had to deal with at the beginning of the book, but I did like how she handled them. I admired her dedication to music and her spunk. She and Jesse don’t exactly hit it off, but I loved that. He was a bit of a jerk in the beginning, but it was understandable and, my goodness, he was the furthest thing from a jerk in reality. He was sweet and swoony. They might’ve gotten off to a rocky start, but I loved where they wound up – and more importantly, I loved reading along as they got there.
Jesse’s Girl was a great light-hearted and realistic young adult contemporary. Obviously I loved Maya and Jesse, but as has become the norm with Miranda’s novels, I loved getting updates on some of my favorites from the Hundred Oaks gang. Catching Jordan is one of my favorite of her books, so I LOVED getting another dose of Jordan and Sam, too. But, more than anything, I just loved Maya and Jesse’s story. It was fun and sweet, all with a music backdrop I couldn’t help but love. It definitely left me with a huge, goofy grin on my face.
I don’t even know who the next book in the Hundred Oaks series will be about, but I’m already anticipating it. I might even have to do a little series reread in the meantime…
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.