Early Review: Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally

Defending TaylorDefending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally
Genre: YA Contemporary/Sports Romance
Publication Date: July 5th, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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?

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Wendy’s Review

When I requested Defending Taylor I didn’t realize that it was the same series as Catching Jordan.  I’m not sure why I didn’t realize it, since the covers for the books are all very similar. It’s a good though I didn’t realize it, though.  I wouldn’t have requested Defending Taylor if I had known, because I wasn’t impressed with Catching Jordan.  The not knowing meant I could read this one without the negative expectations that the first book would have given me.

I enjoyed this one, thankfully.  I actually didn’t hate the main character, Tee.  I felt for her situation and thought the world, particularly her family, was too hard on her.  Maybe she made a bad decision, but her intentions were noble and I thought it was really crappy that her compassion wasn’t even mentioned.  I also liked how Ezra and Tee didn’t have some ridiculous over the top angsty relationship.  Once they chose to put the past behind them, they moved forward without regret or second guessing.  I actually liked Tee’s father too.  Despite everything on his plate, and his occasionally being distant, he seemed to really love his family.

Defending Taylor wasn’t perfect, by any means.  The characters could have been more realistic, and well rounded.  As much as I liked the core of Ezra’s and Tee’s relationship, the characters themselves felt very one dimensional.  I also felt like not much was resolved with Taylor and Nicole.  I don’t like when everything is wrapped up nicely in a story, but it was one area where I’d hoped to get some closure, especially knowing that so much of the political aspects wouldn’t be resolved.

Overall, not bad.  3.5 stars.

Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley for providing an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3.5 Stars = C

Series Reading Order

  1. Catching Jordan
  2. Stealing Parker
  3. Things I Can’t Forget
  4. Racing Savannah
  5. Breathe, Annie, Breathe
  6. Jesse’s Girl
  7. Defending Taylor

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