I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks
on July 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: the author
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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?
After hearing readers rave about Miranda’s books, I first tried out Breathe, Annie, Breathe, even though I figured it wouldn’t really be my style. And then I was completely blown away. So when I saw Jesse’s Girl, I was skeptical. Rocker romance is so not my thing, but if I know anything, it’s that Miranda can make me love being outside of my comfort zone. And when it came right down to it, she made me read almost the entire book in one sitting!
The plot isn’t complicated. It didn’t have the same internal struggle that I found in Annie, but it had its own subtle push and pull between the two main characters. Jesse isn’t Maya’s type at all, but she figures she might be able to learn a thing or two from him. Jesse, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to have a type. He’s just busy trying to find his place in the music industry, somewhere he can be comfortable and be himself. Because the first half of the book takes place in just one day, it didn’t leave a lot of room for character growth. What I did love, though, was the chemistry between Jesse and Maya. The way that they chip away at each other, until their guards are down and they begin to be genuine with each other. The story, the dialogue… it all felt real.
The timeline of the first half of the book didn’t drag, or feel slow in the least. On the contrary, it made the second half of the book feel like it was moving at lightning speed. It completely pulled me in! If you’re looking for a sweet summer romance, this is the book for you! A guaranteed feel-good read <3
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