28 May, 2015

#BookReview :: Jesse's Girl (Hundred Oaks) by Miranda Kenneally

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?

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I have been hearing about Miranda Kenneally and her Hundred Oaks series for quite some time. But somehow I never really got a chance to pick up one. So, I was happy when I got approved to read this book on Netgalley. And now that I have finally read it, I am happy to say that all the good things I had heard about this book were absolutely TRUE!

When Maya had filled up the form for career mentoring day saying that she would like to be a musician, she expected to be sent to the local music store for a day. Instead, much to her surprise, she gets to shadow Nashville’s teen idol, Jesse Scott. Their first meeting was what I would call a disaster when Jesse came off as a stuck-up jerk. But there is more to Jesse than his star status and Maya discovers that soon enough.

I loved Maya. She is a girl you would for a friend… hell, would even want to be her. She is smart, talented and strong. Her punk-grungy appearance is just a cover for the sweet and caring girl that she really. Jesse has his share of baggage and while that sometimes make him lash out, he is mostly a good guy. He can be opinionated and stubborn. Maya and Jesse’s relationship is that of equals even though Jesse is a star and Maya is not. She can stand her ground well and give back Jesse as much as he doles her out. But the best part of the book is Maya’s Family and their dynamics. They are such a wonderful and supporting bunch that you cannot help but love them. Then there are Dave and Nash – one you’ll love to love and you’ll love to hate the other. The storyline is simple and the magic happens in its narration. The author’s writing style is very engaging with its simple language and smooth flow. The characters are all very well developed and no one is expendable in the story. 

This is a very beautiful and light hearted story that sweeps you off your feet from the first chapter.

Review Copy received via NetGalley

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