Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally

Posted July 7, 2015 in Blog Tour, Book Review / 3 Comments


Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally

I received this book for free from the publisher or 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 KenneallyJesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on July 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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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?

Main Points

This was a fun, quick read! I couldn’t put it down until I read over half of it (it didn’t help that most of the first half was about one single day haha). The beginning was fast-paced, but slowed down a bit in the second half.

Some parts of this book were cliché, certainly. Punk girl starts off hating snobby country star but then falls for him. Not only that, but she has a gay best friend and her only other guy friend is someone she was interested in. (It’s okay to be friends with guys you’re not interested in! I have 7 guy friends like that.) Other than that, she doesn’t seem to have many friends, but she has a great family, and that’s important.

Yeah, I think family was a big theme here, as well as dealing with circumstances outside your control and following your dreams. All very good themes. It really didn’t feel at any point like this was just some silly cliché romance, though, because of all the inspiring, real-life talk. The wondering and worrying about what to do with your future and your dreams and abilities. And it worked out in a realistic way, not a cliché happily-ever-after way. Mostly, haha. There was also a lot of detail in the book too, like about music and cars and bikes and guitars and things that I didn’t really have any idea about, but not enough to be overwhelming and boring. That was a nice touch.

This book also made my stomach turn at times, and that’s a good thing. There were a few moments where I was distressed for Maya and frustrated with characters. And since I had to put the book down halfway, I went to bed feeling very unsatisfied. But it was much easier to handle in the second half, even though things were still happening and changing all over the pace. At that point it kinda felt like, this has to work out somehow. It will. It’s going to.

So not really much of a fun, quick read huh? Starting to sound kinda heavy. And parts of it were. Not gonna lie. But there was happiness too, and conviction. That’s how you end a book.

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About Miranda Kenneally

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.

Overall: four-stars


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Wonderful review, Alicia! I love this whole series and how invested you become in these characters’ lives. I also love that it’s not all about the romance but also involves family and friendships. Glad you liked it! :)

Nicole Hewitt

I agree with pretty much everything you said in this review. Like you, I really enjoyed all the details about music and cars and motorcycles – even though I’m totally ignorant about those things!


Great review, some times fun quick reads are the best reads. :)