Hundred Oaks Series
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 7th 2015
Review Source: Sourcebooks
Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya 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?
Another great novel written by Kenneally in the Hundred Oaks world. Even though our favorites we fell in love with many books ago have grown up, Kenneally continues to write new characters that win our hearts over and over again, so we don't miss too much the old ones. Jesse's Girl (yes every time I write/say the book title I start singing in my head the song) was fantastic, a bit different than most books from Hundred Oaks. I say different because there wasn't much of the school involved in this book. You actually get to visit many places with Jesse and Maya, which was a treat.
So in this chapter we meet Maya and Jesse. Maya has been given the opportunity to shadow country music superstar Jesse for the Hundred Oaks career shadowing day. Normally when you are assigned someone, it's not someone so popular. So of course Maya was beyond surprised and nervous. Then she finally meets Jesse, and they don't hit it off right away. He has his idea of this whole shadowing thing and Maya has hers. So after several bumps and remarks, they begin to get along and move forward and all the plans they were suppose to be following have been thrown out the window.
Maya begins to loosen up and allow Jesse to see the real her, she ends of singing in front of him, even though she is terrified. This leads to Jesse telling her she should try going for a solo career. To forget the band that kicked her off, because she has amazing talent. But Maya and her confidence have other plans. Now the two begin to build a spark, it doesn't happen right away. They actually learn so much about themselves in that one day then many do in a year. The story really grabs you by this time and you basically just want to inhale the story and see both of them have their happy ever afters.
Jesse's Girl will deliver so much in its pages. You will have your swoon worthy moments, your drama lama parts and some musical moments as well. Did I mention Maya is a fan of the 80s? When you partner up a country superstar with an 80s aficionado, what do you think is gonna happen? Once again I highly recommend reading this book. Its a perfect book for this summer.
And in case you have no idea what song I was talking about when I mentioned I start singing Jesse's Girl, here you go:
Excerpt from Jesse's Girl:
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Indiebound, Indigo, iTunes
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. Visit www.mirandakenneally.com, and follow Miranda @MirandaKennealy &www.facebook.com/miranda.kenneally.