Happy Thursday, Part 2!
Along with our blog tour post today, we're also reviewing Jesse's Girl!
Miranda returns to the familiar world of Hundred Oaks, and shares the story of Maya and Jesse, two people from two very different worlds.
It's a sweet story about learning to take risks and to believe in one's self, while also learning to look beyond surface appearances to find the true heart of a person.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
Format read: ARC via publisher
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?
Kenneally introduces us to 17-year-old Maya, a smart but cynical teen who's assigned to shadow Jesse Scott, a famous teen musical idol for the day. Though Maya initially starts the day off with doubts about Jesse, she quickly finds that they have far more in common than she could have ever imagined.
What great about Kenneally's books is the fact that she writes tales of very ordinary young women who are motivated by circumstances to do extraordinary things. This is absolutely true in Maya's case, who starts off the book as an ordinary girl in a band, who wants to pursue music, but because of her interactions with Jesse, is challenged to begin to take bigger and bolder leaps.
While the leaps that Maya takes inevitably lead to conflict - her financial struggles are touching, and true-to-life - Kenneally astutely shows how she conquers those struggles, with a bit of logic, hard work and luck. Maya is clearly one of those girls who won't take things lying down, and it's a refreshing attitude to convey to younger readers.
Though the book inevitably ends with a happy ending, Kenneally's character arcs for both Jesse and Maya make every step of the journey seem as compelling, charming and absorbing as real life.
Through one fatefaul encounter with Jesse, Maya learns to stand up for herself, pursue her dreams, and appreciate the world around her. This is young female empowerment at its best, and Kenneally should be applauded for writing a character that's so ordinary, yet so perfectly brave.
Strongly recommend Kenneally's book for fans of her previous books, and for readers who are looking for a fun summer read on life and love.
About the author:
Growing up in Tennessee, MIRANDA KENNEALLY dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.