A review by Maria.
I’d like to thank author Miranda Kenneally for allowing me to read and review her book Jesse’s Girl, a novel in the Hundred Oaks series.
Maya needs to shadow someone for a day for her high school career project. She never expected that she’d be following bad boy and nationally popular country singer, Jesse Scott. Even though she just received every girl’s dream, she’s far from thrilled. She loves 80’s rock and plays it with the band she started. She’s more tomboy than girly girl and hates that Jesse thought she was just another groupie. Both of them never imagined one day of shadowing could change their lives forever and even make their dreams come true.
Maya was a hard character for me to like. She came off as closed off and opinionated and it was actually all the people around her that allowed me to see another side and begin to like this character. She had a wonderful, caring family, and through them I learned she had money problems and big dreams but little hope of achieving them. Through her gay best friend I learned more about her humiliating experiences in trying to sing and perform in public. Breaking through the walls of Maya’s character really began to endear her to me.
Jesse was pretty much sexiness on a stick. As a country star and a national bad boy, all the girls wanted him, and he knew it. The first time he’s alone with Maya he asked if she wants to have sex. But Jesse had walls up too. He planned to mentor Maya for a day, even offer something physical to shock her, but surprised himself by opening up to her. A great relationship develops in just one day. But Jesse also has huge trust issues after being used for his fame before and leaves Maya frustrated when he can’t figure out what he wants.
This was full of hidden delights such as references to 80’s music, music reality television, movies such as Ferris Bueller’s day off, and lots of talk about cars. It was a pretty fast read and I only found it to drag a little toward the middle. Characters from past books in the series appear in this novel as well, so that was another added bonus. I’m eager to go back and read more of author Kenneally’s past stories, especially about Maya’s brother Sam.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
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Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication date: July 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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?