Title: Jesse’s Girl (Hundred Oaks)
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: July 7th 2015
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Purchase: The Book Depository | Amazon
❝ 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. 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?❞
Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I’m not so secretly in love with country music, which is why I just HAD to read Jesse’s Girl. Ir’s about music and features a bold girl and a male country star. What’s not to love?
I have not read any other books by Miranda Kinneally, but apparently they all focus on sports. If you’re even slightly into music, you’ll love this one too though! The story is all about progressing as a singer and musician, but most of all it emphasizes how music is a way to express yourself and deal with emotions.
The other message that is implied throughout the story is that if you have a dream, you should try to realize it through hard work and dedication. Even if things don’t work out, at least you tried. The protagonist of the story, Maya, works hard to follow her dreams despite the fact that the rest of the world isn’t exactly on her side. She did not grow up privileged, her parents are far from rich. Yet Maya works long hours at the garage in order to make something of herself, without ever using her connection with Jesse to her advantage. I thought that was really inspiring!
Another amazing thing about this book is that it explores the negative side effects of being famous. Jesse rose to fame when he was a teenager and has not really lived his life ever since. People he considered his friends took advantage of him, his family doesn’t support his career. Furthermore, he has serious trust issues and is incredibly lonely as a result. I like that the author emphasized this, since we so often forget that famous people are as human and flawed as we are.
The romance in Jesse’s Girl is really cute and pretty down to earth. There isn’t a lot of unnecessary drama and the entire plot does not revolve around the characters getting together (thankfully!).
My one point of criticism is that the writing could use some improvement. It’s repetitive at times, with certain sentences making appearances over and over. In addition, the writing is kind of simplistic but that does make it a really quick read!