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?
If there’s one thing I love about Miranda Kenneally, it’s her ability to write such heartfelt and amazing YA contemporaries. I’ve been a fan of Miranda since Catching Jordan and it was my favorite from the series so I really enjoyed Breathe Annie Breathe because of Jordan’s cameo and now this one!!
Jesse’s Girl features the story of Sam Henry’s younger sister, Maya and her aspirations of becoming a musician, which includes shadowing the famous Country music star, Jesse Scott.
“Not every day is like this one,” His voice breaks. “I want to live.”
The story started a bit slow for me. I had the first half of the book building up Jesse and Maya and I don’t actually know how to feel about it. They do have great chemistry though, which made me smile throughout the book.
Maya was a very interesting character. Unlike most of the female leads in the series, Maya isn’t into sports. I think this was the second book that didn’t fully tackle sports, alongside Things I Can’t Forget. I love Maya’s passion and love for music. I also love her relationship with her family, especially with his brother Sam. I love her relationship with Dave though. Very similar to some of my relationships with my friends which was really nice to see.
“I learned that I have to take my chances if I want a chance at my dreams.”
Jesse appealed to me as this sexy country star. To be honest, I don’t find country stars/musicians don’t to me at all. I don’t even listen to country music so it definitely took me some time to appreciate Jesse’s character. What I liked about him though, was his kindness and passion for music. Also, the way he wants to just spend time with his parents. As the story progressed, I saw more into Jesse’s character which was really great.
The book didn’t only focus on romance, it also focused on friendship and especially family, which I think is one of the main and essential elements of a Hundred Oaks novel. The character dynamics and the plot as a whole was very refreshing. It was pretty cool to have the theme shift from sports to music in the same universe. This book definitely gave me feels! It’s hilarious, especially Sam being overprotective to Maya; sweet and heartfelt, and it will definitely leave a smile on your face.
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.