Defending Taylor by Miranda KenneallyDefending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally

Defending Taylor

byMiranda Kenneally

Paperback | July 5, 2016

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There are no mistakes in love.Captain of the soccer team, president of the Debate Club, contender for valedictorian: Taylor's always pushed herself to be perfect. After all, that's what is expected of a senator's daughter. But one impulsive decision-one lie to cover for her boyfriend-and Taylor's kicked out of private school. Everything she's worked so hard for is gone, and now she's starting over at Hundred Oaks High.Soccer has always been Taylor's escape from the pressures of school and family, but it's hard to fit in and play on a team that used to be her rival. The only person who seems to understand all that she's going through is her older brother's best friend, Ezra. Taylor's had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. But it's hard to trust after having been betrayed. Will Taylor repeat her past mistakes or can she score a fresh start?Praise for Jesse's Girl:A a fun, sexy, suck-me-in read."-KatieMcGarry, author of Nowhere But Here and Pushing the Limits"An absorbing story? highly enjoyable."-Kirkus"Inspires as it entertains."-Publishers Weekly"
Growing up in Tennessee, MIRANDA KENNEALLY dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliche!), 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. Visit mirandakenneally....
Title:Defending TaylorFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:304 pages, 8.29 × 8.25 × 0.8 inShipping dimensions:8.29 × 8.25 × 0.8 inPublished:July 5, 2016Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:149263008X

ISBN - 13:9781492630081

Appropriate for ages: 14

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute! This was an interesting book. Filled with the hardships of meeting expectations, Taylor is not sure what she wants to do with her life except what her parents expect. One mistake changes Taylor's whole life and makes her rethink wants she wants in her future. A cute and simple book that was just great.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely fell in love with Defending Taylor from the very first page!! Miranda Kenneally has done it once again! I absolutely fell in love with Defending Taylor from the very first page!! Very quickly into the story, you are introduced to Taylor, a senior, captain of the soccer team and straight A student. Being the daughter of a Senator, Taylor has high expectations she is expected to live up to. She must do well in school, respect the family name and make no mistakes. Taylor ends up making a mistake, that not only causes her problems with her family, but also gets her kicked out of school. The only way to move forward, is to go back to where her life started. Taylor must go back to public school and Hundred Oaks High to finish off her senior year. I simply cannot say enough good things about this novel. I sat down, anticipating to only read a few chapters, however, I ended up devouring the entire book in one sitting. It is definitely a must read, as are Miranda's other books in the Hundred Oaks Series. 5/5 Stars
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is THE BEST. Miranda Kenneally's Hundred Oaks series just keeps getting better and better. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I love how us readers can expect a new novel as a part of the series every July—it's the best part of the summer when Sourcebooks Fire releases the new novel right in time for my birthday. This time around, we have an amazing protagonist who is the captain of the soccer team and falls in love with an older boy who doesn't have the best reputation. Defending Taylor introduces readers to a new group of characters in our uttermost favourite setting, the Hundred Oaks. We are able to read parts where we hear from some of our favourite characters from the past like Annie and Jeremiah, and are able to read a story that will hit us just as hard as everything Miranda has written in the past. This was a literal masterpiece that every contemporary romance lover would enjoy. What is the best part of the Hundred Oaks series is that you could read it in any order. Every part of the series is a new addition that has nothing to do with the one released the year before. Soo... I am seriously recommending picking this one up first because it definitely is one of my favourites. We have an overachieving protagonist (who kind of reminds me of myself), a love interest who to this day I still freak out over (even though I read this book six months ago) and a beautiful story that I surely will not forget. This was definitely one of my favourite books of 2016, as Kenneally's are year after year. SO. This time around, the story revolves around a relationship between two people who are basically on opposite sides of the 'spectrum,' or society, as you may like to call it. Taylor is the daughter of the Tennessee senator, while Ezra is her brother's best friend. It's just... awkward. But love works surprisingly sometimes, and who cares? We readers all wanted it to work. And it did! THIS WAS JUST BEAUTIFUL AND HEARTWARMING AND *insert fifty million positive adjectives* Defending Taylor does have to do with sports and high school life, though it also has to do with being a teenager and coming of age. I appreciate books like this so much because it reminds me that in life, we have so much growing up to do. This was like a love letter to teenagers who are undergoing struggles concerning what they would like to do with their futures. Nothing can get better than this.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! A great addition to the Hundred Oaks series! I consider myself an avid Miranda Kenneally fangirl, so I really wasn't surprised when I started DEFENDING TAYLOR, got immediately hooked, and ended up absolutely loving it. :P While it wasn't my favourite of the Hundred Oaks books (I think RACING SAVANNAH is still my favourite...with BREATHE ANNIE BREATHE very close behind--and that's if I absolutely have to choose :P), I absolutely adored the story. I also loved the characters! Taylor was a wonderful main character. She was a tad moody, and did make some poor choices, but I loved that she was determined to stick by her choices, and that she was willing to take responsibility and face any and all consequences that came her way. And Ezra...*sigh* I loved Ezra! I also really loved that Taylor and Ezra had a past. It made the dynamics of their relationship really interesting! I also really loved Taylor's relationship with her brother, Oliver! :) As always, I thought it was fantastic getting to see some of the characters from the other books like Annie and Jeremiah, and Savannah and Jack!!!! :D I really loved DEFENDING TAYLOR, and I think that it's an excellent addition to the Hundred Oaks series! If you're just starting the series now, I think it wouldn't hurt to start here, but I do think that you'd appreciate the cameos from the other characters more if you started earlier on in the series--probably at least with Racing Savannah so that you'll be familiar with the characters that make appearances in this one. :) Overall, I would definitely recommend adding this one to your TBR though because it was fantastic! * I received an egalley for DEFENDING TAYLOR from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. * This review also appears on my blog and other social media profiles.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great sporty contemporary book! I have never read one of Miranda Kenneally's books before. I now want to read every single one. I loved everything about this book from start to finish. I'm always wary when I see stories about rich protags falling from grace. The biggest disappointment for me is when everything gets tied up neatly for them at the end and they're barely received any consequences for what it was that they did wrong. Miranda did not disappoint. I love all the personal growth and learning that gets woven into this story. Failure is not final and for every character in this book this really rings true. It's about thinking on your feet, pushing through, finding a way, and finding what you really want. The characters were ones I really connected with as well. Ezra was incredibly swoony. He has a very secure spot on my book-boyfriend list and I think he was a good influence to have within the story. I also really liked Taylor. Her struggle is very close to my heart when I look back on my years of balancing school, work, sports, and a social life. It's easy to lose yourself among all the commitments. You feel like you have no choice but to do everything that everyone else expects of you and often forget to take care of the small stuff and to look out for your own health/stress levels. Taylor's collapse is on the extreme end of the spectrum but Defending Taylor sends a great message to teen readers about making good decisions, taking care of themselves, and managing stress and expectations. The timing of this book's publication was also perfect. My brain is ready for ALL the sports in the summer time and while soccer isn't the main focus of this book, the small doses coupled with the power of contemporary books in general made it a perfect warm-weather read.
Date published: 2016-08-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A great sporty romance! Disclaimer: I received this novel in exchange for an honest review and this in no way affects my opinion of the book. Actual rating: 3.5 stars. Taylor has everything going for her. Co-captain of the soccer team, going to a great school to get her ready for Yale. As the senators daughter, she strives to be the best that she can be. Things take a turn when she makes one impulsive decision to cover for her boyfriend, causing her lose everything. Starting over at Hundred Oaks High will not be easy, but she needs to get herself back on track. I thought this novel was cute and I enjoyed reading it so much that it only took me a day to read. It was very interesting to read the way Taylor dealt with the aftermath of her decision to cover for her boyfriend and her decisions afterwards to keep that decision a secret. It is not something that is thought about often, but this book serves as a reminder of how far some are willing to go for the ones they love. I liked the characters of Taylor and Ezra and enjoyed their interactions together. Ben however, I greatly disliked. I hated the position he put Taylor in and the way he continued to allow her to be in that position. I equally enjoyed the interactions Taylor had with her dad as they were very cute and went to prove how much he really did care for her and pushed her to strive to be her very best. As I used to play soccer, I enjoyed that aspect of the story and seeing Taylor interact with her new teammates, however I do think we could have done with a bit more of the soccer since it was mostly all that she talked and thought about. Overall this was a cute read and I enjoyed it and I will be thinking about adding more Miranda Kenneally to my TBR.
Date published: 2016-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Addition to the Hundred Oaks series! Miranda Kenneally is an excellent contemporary writer. I have been a fan of her Hundred Oaks books for some time and Defending Taylor is her best book yet in this series. Her characters are easily relatable and not inundated by major drama. I wanted more pages. We know from the very beginning that Taylor made a big mistake. A costly one as she comes to learn with having to switch to a new school and trying not to let her lie taint her chance at her dream school. I believe it was a very honest mistake. It didn't turn out the way she assumed it would but the lie stemmed from a good place. It's hard not to feel bad for Taylor as she deeply regretted the negative impact her action had on her father's political career. The dilemma that followed made her life even more miserable but she managed to learn a few things. I think it was all worth it. I admire her passion for soccer and her desire to do right by those she loves. Ezra is the perfect book boyfriend. Taylor has known him since she was ten years old. The two were well on their way to something more when an incident drove them apart. A chance meeting reunites them. Yay! They reconnect and strike up the most swoon-worthy romance ever. The healthy and respectable relationship they built was the most important and precious gain from Taylor's mistake. My second favourite thing about this book is the sibling relationships. We don't actually get to see Taylor's brother and sister in person a lot but they're there throughout the story. Whether through text messages or phone calls, they made sure to be in Taylor's life giving her encouragements and/or dishing out admonishments. As always, it's so much fun to see the other characters in the series make appearances. There's so much satisfaction in seeing them hanging around and even helping out. It makes me want to revisit their stories again ;) The obviously flawed characters with their sincere thoughts and genuine reactions make Defending Taylor my favourite Hundred Oaks book so far. I hope this series goes on infinitely. I could read these stories for forever.
Date published: 2016-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Giselle from Book Nerd Canada Taylor is an ambitious senior, captain of the soccer team, straight A student with her eye on Yale, she does everything that is expected of a senator's daughter. Then she makes one big mistake which costs her family's reputation. With one little lie, her perfect life unravels and she must start over at public school at Hundred Oaks High. I pretty much devoured this in one sitting. Being in a reading slump is hard and having a cute contemporary like this is just perfect. I didn't pay attention to the synopsis and I judged solely on the cover. Thought it would be another cute sports read but imagine my suspense when it was more about living a normal life versus living a political life. The cover should change to include their political lifestyle because soccer is definitely not the focus, but that's just me. I liked this one a lot. It shows how much one is willing to protect someone they love and sacrificing yourself in the process is a mistake, but that's how you learn. Taylor is the most level headed teenager but of course she's not perfect and ends up messing up badly. I also how town up she is between her passions for life versus her family's obligations. Must be hard trying to be perfect in the media's eye when your own father is a state senator. I love how even the side characters get a little bit of back-story and their own distinct personalities that make it memorable. There was one scene with Taylor and her father that was just wonderful. I love that her father instilled an ambitious yet disclosures work ethic. I kept nodding along at everything he said, except when he did a pretty shady thing with his relelection commercial. Then there's the love interest Ezra. What didn't really make any sense was why they didn't get together in the first place because his reasoning and her assumptions were weak. I just didn't buy the fact that she held this mistake over Ezra for so long, but okay not every character is perfect. I liked Ezra (and his amazing gift giving skills) but I didn't like how Ezra nicknames her "Tease." With more appearances from fellow Hundred Oaks characters, and a cute contemporary romance to boot, Defending Taylor will give you everything you need for a summer read!
Date published: 2016-06-23