Jesse’s Girl – Miranda Kenneally – Sourcebooks Fire – Published 7 July 2015
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?
Maya is pretty surprised when her school principal offers to have her shadow Jesse Scott – famous, successful teen country star – on career day. She is even more surprised when she meets him beforehand and finds him to be rude, arrogant and totally gorgeous (well, maybe that part wasn’t so surprising). But when Maya’s music life is derailed by the loss of her band, her friends and her almost boyfriend, she is happy to take what she can get and so agrees to her day with Jesse. But that too turns into a surprise when she and Jesse spend the day having fun running from his publicists and generally breaking the rules.
This was different from Miranda’s other books in that it was based on music rather than sport. But as soon as I had read the first few pages I knew it was still essentially Miranda Kenneally all over – the same great, catchy writing style and the same loveable and spunky (yes Maya, spunky) characters. There is some pretty steamy romance, which builds quickly between Jesse and Maya. Also, bonus, as Maya is Sam’s little sister, you get a whole lot of Sam and Jordan, which fans of Catching Jordan will love – I did. The only problem I have is with the cover – who is that girl and what happened to Maya the sexy punk, eighties rocker chic?
Both fans and those new to Miranda Kenneally will love this fantastically enjoyable book about finding your dreams and having the courage to work towards them.
The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Category: Young adult fiction
Age guide: Ages 14 and up.
Themes: Music. Romance.
Published: 7 July 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire.
Format: Paperback, ebook. 304 pages.
Author’s website: Miranda Kenneally.