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?Paperback, 304 pages
Four Stars: Another fluffy, feel good, Kenneally romance!
Maya Henry is not exactly looking forward to her senior shadowing assignment. Sure, she gets to spend the day with none other than Jesse Scott, the famous country singer. Their first meeting is a bit rocky to say the least. However, once Maya and Jesse spend the day together, something wonderful happens, and they form a friendship. Can a punk rocker girl like Maya capture the heart of a country super star?
What I Liked:
- Once again, Miranda Kenneally delivers a lovely romance that readers will eat up. Jesse's Girl is a bit of a departure in her series, especially after Breathe, Annie Breathe. Jesse's Girl is lighter and fluffier and without a lot of drama and it is angst free. I loved that this was a sweet and fun read, perfect for those who want a cute and adorable romance.
- Ms. Kenneally excels at writing characters. Her characters are ones that are easy to relate to and likable. I always appreciate that they make mistakes, and that they have their flaws. I especially like that I am able to catch up with characters from previous books. This time around, the reader gets to see how Jordan and Henry are faring a few years down the road, since Maya is Henry's younger sister. If you are a fan of the series, you will love the characters in Jesse's Girl.
- I always appreciate that these books tackle issues and topics facing teens today. While the subject matter in Jesse's Girl is a bit lighter compared to other books, I liked the issues. In this book, the reader gets to explore what it would be like to be rich and famous. Never knowing who you can trust, and the pain of feeling isolated and alone. It doesn't help that Jesse's family is prejudiced and judgmental. There are also two M/M relationships which were both handled extremely well.
- The romance is all kinds of fun. It starts out with antagonistic banter, and then it turns into sparks and a friendship. The day that Maya and Jesse spend together is an absolute joy. I loved watching them lower their guards and let each other in. I liked that even though there is chemistry, they took it slowly. It didn't rush into insta love, and it was relatively drama free. I loved that it was adorable and fluffy. Just right.
- I always appreciate how the author handles sex. In this book, there are regrets over giving oneself the wrong person. Then when the moment comes for the happy couple, it is classy and nice. This book explores intimacy in a thoughtful and tasteful way.
- I loved the focus on family and friendships. Maya has strong family support behind her one hundred percent, while Jesse flounders on his own. However, they both learn that family is what you make it, and sometimes your family isn't always your blood relations. It is so nice to read a YA book where family is such a strong focus.
- I mention this every time I review one of these books, but it is always nice to remind everyone that this is a companion novel series. You do not have to read these books in order. You get a complete story each time out with a new cast of characters. Yes, people from other books in the series pop in and out, but don't feel like you have to read the five books prior to this one. If you want a cute, summery romance, grab this now. Then go back and read the others.
And The Not So Much:
- At first meeting, Jesse is a hard sell. He is rude and nasty, and I did not like him one bit, neither did Maya. I was convinced he was going to be a spoiled, entitled star, but thankfully, he comes around, and he surprised me and won me over.
- There is a lot of discussion about Jesse's parents and the way they treat him. I was hoping for more resolution with this story line, but I ended up disappointed. Still not everything can be sunshine and rainbows, and I always appreciate that Kenneally keeps it real.
- I loved Maya's best friend Dave who is gay. He is not stereotypical at all. One issue I had though was that Dave was struggling a bit with being intimate with another guy, and I thought that it was glossed over. I wish there was more depth and detail with this relationship.
- This is a minor complaint, but I don't like the way the cover depicts Maya. She is not a country girl at all. Her style is rocker girl/goth.
Jesse's Girl is another wonderful and terrific addition to the Hundred Oaks Series by Miranda Kenneally. This was a lighter romance without a drama and tension. It was a sweet read perfect for anyone looking for a summery romance. If you are a fan of this series, you will most certainly enjoy this latest installment, especially since there is a good dose of Jordan and Henry a few years down the road. If you have yet to try this series, you need to do it!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.