Friday, July 3, 2015

Book Review: Jesse's Girl (Hundred Oaks #6) by Miranda Kenneally

Jesse's Girl
Hundred Oaks #5

Miranda Kenneally

Release Date:
July 7, 2015

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eARC from publisher for a honest review

GR's Summary:

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? 

Hundred Oaks Series:
My Review of Racing Savannah Here
My Review of Breathe, Annie, Breathe Here

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My Thoughts:

I adore Miranda Kenneally's Hundred Oaks Series.  Every one of these books has hooked me immediately, and it's always a bittersweet moment when I finish one of them.  I was thrilled to learn that Jesse's Girl focuses on Maya Henry (Sam Henry's younger sister) from Catching Jordan!  We get many wonderful moments with Sam, Jordan, and the rest of the Henry family, which had me excited and ready to reread, Catching Jordan.

Maya is a senior in high school.  Music is her passion.  Specifically, playing the guitar and singing.  She's having a tough time due to the fact that she just got dumped by her band and the guy that she likes.  For her school's shadow day, she gets to be mentored by Jesse Scott, a famous eighteen year old country music star and heart throb.  Initially, Maya and Jesse don't hit it off, because Jesse has a hard time trusting others after repeatedly being used for his money and fame.  However, Maya begins to earn Jesse's trust by being herself, and they both realize that in order to be happy in life, you have to be willing to take chances.

I loved the authentic and unique characterization of Maya and Jesse.  They both had their own sense of style, distinctive personalities, and were realistic.  Maya was well loved by an amazing and supportive family.  Poor Jesse was lonely, had deadbeat parents, and very few people in his life that he could trust.  Maya taught him how to enjoy his life, and brought so much happiness, acceptance, support, loyalty, and love in to what had been a very sad and empty life.  

Maya was insecure in her music ability, and Jesse helped her with building on her talents and confidence.  It was beautiful to see the deep bonds of friendship, romance, and sweet love bloom!  Jesse's Girl was fun, entertaining, fast-paced, and romantic.  I connected with and loved the main characters, as well as the secondary ones.  Jesse made me laugh throughout the story.  He was a big flirt, loved shocking people, and was just a good time in general.  Maya was so sweet, compassionate, sensitive, and a person that was a treasure to have as a friend!

My Rating:

I give, Jesse's Girl, by Miranda Kenneally, 4.5 Adorable Heart throb, Adventurous, Sweet, and Romantic Stars!  If you enjoy contemporary Y.A., I recommend the Hundred Oaks Series.  It ranks in my top favorite list of all time!

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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.


  1. I have not read this series. I love how Jesse's family is the opposites of Maya's though yet he is the country star. Having a hard beginning like that and still be willing to shock people to have a good time is an amazing thing. Awesome review!

    1. Thanks Angela! I really enjoyed Jesse and Maya;s story :)

  2. I read and LOVED Catching Jordan! I'm not sure how I've missed the rest. I love how you these characters! I like it when they feel real and how they can complement each other. Sounds like such a great read. Thanks for getting this series back on my radar.

    1. I hope you get back to reading this series! It's really good!!!

  3. Seems like a great read indeed.

  4. Yes, I was enchanted by Maya and Jesse, too. Jesse's loneliness for his family nearly broke my heart. But I was glad for what happened when Maya entered his picture and also what he could do for Maya with her dreams.

    1. Yes, my heart wept for Jesse. I'm glad that Maya came in to his life when she did. They were able to love and help each other :)

  5. I know Christy @ Love of Books adores this series and I love how genuine and realistic the characters sound. So glad you had fun with this one!

    1. Yes, the characters are very genuine and realistic :)

  6. *Singing in my Springfield's voice* Every time I come across this book, that song pops into my head. This is on my wish list, so hopefully I can read it soon.

    1. LOL This was an excellent read! I hope you get to read it soon :)


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