Author: Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #6
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: July 7th 2015
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!