Published July 7th 2015
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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?
About the Author
Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.
So this is the first addition to the Hundred Oaks series that doesn't revolve around a form of sport - I mean there was Things I Can't Forget, but that was set in a summer camp, so it sort of still counts... definitely more so than this book, centered around the music industry. I was a little hesitant going in for this book because of this. I was worried that this setting would be out of Kenneally's comfort zone, but I'm happy to report that this was not the case.
I have to say, as a big fan of country music, Jesse Scott kinda melted my heart - once he lost his cold exterior. He is funny and witty, a sexy cutie in a cowboy hat and boots, but my favourite part about this character is he attitude - go big or go home, all or nothing. That contrasts greatly with Maya Henry who, while has big dreams for herself, she only seems to half-arse her attempts to reach for them - until Jesse gives her a talking to.
Jesse's Girl brings us to 5 books deep in the Hundred Oaks series, and I got this strange nostalgic feeling when Maya goes to visit her brother - none other than the famous Sam Henry from the first book in the series, Catching Jordan (still my favourite of the series). It was fun to see how he and Jordan are doing - and by gosh their antics are still hilarious as they were at 18 as they are now at 24. It was nice of Kenneally to throw those of us that have been with her from the start a little bone for us to sink our teeth into.
As always, Kenneally delivers a cute and endearing story about young love in Jesse's Girl. I'd recommend this book to lovers of music based fiction and those that are just looking for something fluffy to read.
3 out of 5
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