Early Review: Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally

7 Jesse's GirlNew Release Review: Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally
Book 6 in the Hundred Oaks series
Release date: July 7, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Book provided by NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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?

AH’s Review – 4.5 Skulls – A

If you have not yet had a chance to read Miranda Kenneally’s Hundred Oaks series what are you waiting for? Ms. Kenneally is a gifted storyteller and her books feature realistic characters who work hard to achieve their goals.

In Jesse’s Girl we meet Maya Henry (yes, she’s Sam’s little sister!). Maya is a teenage singer and bassist in the band The Fringe. When her school has a career day and arranges for students to shadow people in a chosen field, Maya is surprised to find out that she was assigned to Jesse Scott, an 18 year old country music star. Even though Maya is from Tennessee, she doesn’t like country music. She prefers Queen. Jesse is not that happy to have a fan shadow him, but after a bit of a rocky start, the two get along.

I think that what made this book stand out for me was how realistic the characters seemed. Take Maya, for example. Maya is young and has hopes and aspirations like any teen. Her dream is to be on the show Wannabe Rocker and she tries to arrange for her band to appear on the show. When she is “fired” from the band she started, Maya was devastated. It didn’t help that she was hooking up with a band member but was disappointed when he told her that he didn’t want to date a band member. While I felt bad that Maya got dumped, she took that experience and learned from it.

I liked Jesse. As a young country star, Jesse had fame and fortune. He was willing to forgo all of that for his parents, who did not approve of his career. Personally as a parent, I can’t see myself ever forcing my children to abandon their dreams like Jesse’s parents.

I loved watching Maya and Jesse’s relationship grow. They were so cute together. My favorite part of the story was the day Maya and Jesse spent together, a kind of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off kind of day, full of crazy times. Their time apart was a little heart-wrenching.

For the fans of the Hundred Oaks series, Jordan and Sam appear in this book. Nice to see them and their “happily ever after.”

Jesse’s Girl was a quick and enjoyable read. I’m so excited to hear that more books are planned for this series. In the meantime, I’ll be looking to catch up on the books I have not yet had the chance to read.

Rating:  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  1/2

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. Untitled – (Summer 2016)
  8. Untitled – (Summer 2017)

*Note: Each book can be read as a standalone, so if you do get your hands on a book out of order, go ahead and read it. These books are suitable for the young adult reader age 12+

Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for a review copy of this book. 

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