Series: Hundred Oaks #7
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: July 5, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: eARC, 304 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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There are no mistakes in love.
Captain of the soccer team, president of the Debate Club, contender for valedictorian: Taylor's always pushed herself to be perfect. After all, that's what is expected of a senator's daughter. But one impulsive decision-one lie to cover for her boyfriend-and Taylor's kicked out of private school. Everything she's worked so hard for is gone, and now she's starting over at Hundred Oaks High.
Soccer has always been Taylor's escape from the pressures of school and family, but it's hard to fit in and play on a team that used to be her rival. The only person who seems to understand all that she's going through is her older brother's best friend, Ezra. Taylor's had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. But it's hard to trust after having been betrayed. Will Taylor repeat her past mistakes or can she score a fresh start?
I always look forward to the dose of reality and honesty that Miranda Kenneally delivers in her YA Hundred Oaks series. I love how her books tackle tougher issues with grace, but still find a way to make them real and raw. It’s been a long time since I’ve been a teenager, but I’d like to think her characters and their experiences are pretty representative of teens today.
Defending Taylor was a great read. I didn’t always love Taylor, the main character, but I liked her. I mean, yeah, I wanted to shake her for being so stupid as to compromise her future for her boyfriend, but once it was explained, I also kinda got why she was trying to protect him. Kinda. Was it worth the issues it caused for her? Probably not. Was it worth losing the respect of her family? I’d guess no on that, as well. But even through all of it, I have to give Taylor respect for sticking with her story and not throwing Ben under the bus as things got tough. Without all of the things that happened, we wouldn’t have gotten this story. Taylor wouldn’t have been reunited with Ezra, her first crush. (He was so swoony.) And I would’ve been sad, because I really did like the path the book took. But, I’m not going to get into all that because that would be spoiling the book for you.
What you need to know is that I found this a great addition to the Hundred Oaks series. I enjoyed getting a chance to see some of my old favorite characters as Taylor and Ezra’s story was playing out. I appreciated Taylor’s integrity as she took on a lot of crap and, ultimately grew because of it. The political campaign part gave another dimension to the book, but it also caused me to have some *serious* issues with the behavior of her parents – and her siblings – as things unfolded. I felt protective of Taylor and I hated how they were pushing her aside. She needed someone at that point in her life, so I was thankful she at least had Ezra and a couple friends. All in all, this was a quick, solid read that I enjoyed very much. I’ll definitely be looking forward to the next book in the Hundred Oaks series. It’s one of my favorite YA contemporary series for a reason.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Kissing Ben was always good, but kissing Ezra feels vital.
“I’m not your first, right?”
“No,” I whisper.
“I should’ve been.”
“Make it up to me now.”
Have you read any of the Hundred Oaks books?
Which was your favorite?