Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally

Posted July 5, 2015 | 39 Comments

Jesse’s Girl by Miranda KenneallyJesse's Girl
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #6
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: July 7th 2015
Format: eARC
Pages: 304
Source: Publisher

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?

I’ve had a bit of a rough time with YA romance lately, but Miranda Kenneally’s Hundred Oak series is one that I still get excited for, because I know I’ll get a quick read full of feels and laughter. Jesse’s Girl is no exception! It was seriously such a delightful read full of wonderful characters.

I was not expecting Maya’s personality and style! The cover makes it look like she’s a country girl, but no. Maya is red lips, nose piercing, and leather pants … yeah, the girl I a rocker! That was a pleasant surprise for sure. She loves music. I mean, loves it. She’ll get it anyway she can, even if it means being in the school choir and wearing awful drapes as dresses. It’s her passion, and aspires to make it big.

Enter Jesse, a big time country singer at the age of eighteen. As a favor to his uncle, he agrees to let Maya shadow him for her career day. Neither one is exactly thrilled with the situation at first, but as they begin to bond over music and open up to each other, the real fun begins.

Jesse is definitely a fun character. His cockiness and teasing is quite amusing, but it’s even better when Maya dishes it right back. They both have huge hearts, though, and it’s impossible not to love them. There were a couple little bumps in the road for them, but I’m really happy that things didn’t get too dramatic and they actually communicated.

Catching Jordan is still my favorite installment, and Sam and Jordan one of my favorite couples. So when I discovered that Maya is Sam’s little sister, my excitement spiked considerably. I felt all kinds of giddy seeing them again, especially seeing Sam in protective older brother mode. Poor guy (haha)! I love how the last three installments have all involved younger siblings somehow from the first three books – it’s like Hundred Oaks the Next Generation.

So yes, Jesse’s Girl left me with a big smile! Honestly, we’re up to six books now in the series, and I haven’t been disappointed with one yet. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Hundred Oaks next!


39 responses to “Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally

  1. I loved this one so much as well, Christy! I’m glad that this series has been a winner for you. I adored Maya and Jesse too. And yes! That cover is totally misleading as to what Maya looks like!! It’s like they didn’t even read the book. -_-
    I loved seeing Sam act all protective too. He was so adorable!
    I’m really happy you enjoyed this, Christy! 🙂
    Great review!

    • Christy

      Sam had me dying, and it was even funnier because it was stressing him out. Can you imagine Jesse AND Sam at family gatherings? Good thing Jordan and Maya know how to handle them. lol.

    • Christy

      This causes me great distress to say this, but yes, they can be read out of order. But honestly, they’re more enjoyable reading in order because so much character overlapping. They’re really quick reads, and Catching Jordan is the one I recommend the most anyway (it’s the first book).

    • Christy

      Catching Jordan is my favorite, but Stealing Parker comes close to making it a tie. That one hit me on many levels. So I have major soft spots for this one and Racing Savannah because of the connections to those two books.

    • Christy

      I know, right? They’re opposites, but the cover so doesn’t reflect that. I love it so much more that she’s a rocker chick though.

  2. WEll crappity crap crap… I need to read these!!! Time to get my head out of the smut bucket and read some cute stuff!!! I own Jordan but do I HAVE to, I mean REALLY HAVE to read them all before this one???? 😀

      • Christy

        -snort- Yeah, I’ll give you something to feel when you ask me questions like that. Honestly, these are not total fluffy cute stuff, which completely surprised me. This book is probably the lightest of them all. But they are a lot of fun. Dude, just start with Jordan. Trust me.

  3. I liked this one, but it was my least favorite in the series, I have to say because it didn’t really have any strong issues, and I always love the topics she tackles. Still it was another good read.

    • Christy

      I don’t know … looking back over all six, I think BAB was my least favorite. I totally still loved it, but just comparing the six, that would be ranked lowest. The first three books with the OG characters are without a doubt my favorites, though.

  4. I just love stories where music is an important ingredient, Christy, and Jesse’s Girl (now I have the Rick Springfield song in my head!) sounds really good! I’m definitely adding it to my TBR.

    Especially the teasing and back and forth between Maya and Jesse is something I think I’ll love.

  5. That’s funny that the cover is so misleading, I would have thought the same as you. So far I’ve only read Breathe Annie Breathe and I adored that one. I think I’ll get Catching Jordan next though as that is your fav. This one also sounds fun and cute too though.

  6. Great review! The only Hundred Oaks book I have read was Breathe, Annie, Breathe. I was pleasantly surprised by that one. I really enjoyed it. I think I need to read more of that series.

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