Novel: Jesse’s Girl (Hundred Oaks #6) by Miranda Kenneally
Published: July 7th, 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
I received this book from the publisher -THANK YOU- via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way.
Synopsis: 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?
“What’s the most important thing you learned from Jesse, Maya?” I think back to what he said when we goofed around on that playground. “I learned that I have to take chances if I want a chance at my dreams.”
I just stand here, because I have nothing to apologize for and too many things I want to say but shouldn’t.
I had read Catching Jordan and Breathe, Annie, Breathe before, the first and fifth books in the Hundred Oaks companion series. Yes, I did skip some in between but you see, it’s not a problem at all! They are just companion novels, you don’t need to read them in order. I highly enjoyed both of those though, so I was excited when I found Jesse’s Girl on Netgalley. And I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed!
What I enjoy most about these books by Miranda Kenneally is that it revolves around the main character’s dreams and passions. Yes, they are romance books as well but I feel like the main theme is that all of these girls have obstacles and fears that hinder them in reaching their goals. Maybe they don’t think they can do it, maybe others don’t believe it. I am a firm believer and supporter of working hard to reach your aspirations. I can’t imagine living your life without a passion for anything! These books really support that message, in my opinion.
As with most romance or contemporary books, it’s kind of impossible to describe the plot. Let’s just say that it starts when Maya follows country-star Jesse Scott. Maya wants to be a musician -although she much prefers rock to country. And while she loves playing in her band, Maya can’t perform on her own.
I really enjoyed the story-line of this book! First of all, their day together sounds quite epic. I also want to experience a random day like that! Secondly, I used to sing as well. I started taking classes when I was 7 and only quit when I turned 16. I sang in a choir so I truly understand the fear of performing alone. Being in a band or choir, you need to perform just as well as it won’t sound right otherwise but people don’t necessarily have to focus on you. You won’t feel as if those hundreds of eyes are drilling a hole in your skull from the intensity of the stare. It can be terrifying.
Like I said, I adore stories that inspire young people to believe in themselves. To never stop trying. To work for your dreams, because it won’t be thrown in your lap. But most importantly, I find it important that each person knows that they have it in them to achieve whatever they want. You may not think you’re capable, but YOU ARE. And I love Miranda Kenneally for portraying that honestly.
I have to admit that because of the fact that it all starts with that one day, I felt like the romance was a bit rushed. At first, they didn’t like each other. Then they hesitantly became friends. And suddenly, all the trust issues were gone? That’s the one part I found a bit unbelievable here.
Let’s start with Maya. The first aspect I noticed and loved about her is that she doesn’t take crap from anyone. When they first meet, Jesse acts like a horrible person. And she is not afraid to tell him exactly that, no matter how famous he is. She is vocal about what she wants and works hard -as she started up her band herself. In my opinion, those are all good qualities to have. I also really enjoy her family. In many YA novels, I ask myself where the hell the parents/family of the protagonist is? Family is incredibly important, and it’s always nice to see that in a novel.
Of course, I can’t forget about Jesse. I LOVE JESSE. Yes, he has flaws -such as being rude and unable to trust- but who hasn’t? Truth is that he is kind of a lost teenager. Only a famous and rich one. He lives for his passion, but struggles daily because of it as well. Again, family is incredibly important to Jesse. Another important message this book gives is that there is more than one kind of family. Also, I hate his parents. Hate them.
As I mentioned before, I did feel like their relationship was a bit rushed. The only other negative thought I have on this book is that I’m unsure of the ending related to Maya’ career. I like it but I don’t like it at the same time. Obviously, I won’t discuss it because that would be the biggest spoiler but let me know what you thought of it if you have read it!
I really enjoyed Jesse’s Girl! I’m a big supporter of the messages I found throughout this book. It’s inspiring and at the same time, light and adorable. I’d highly recommend this one, even if you haven’t read the previous companion novels.