Jesse's Girl

Paperback | June 16, 2015

byMiranda Kenneally

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Practice makes perfect.Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya 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?Praise for Miranda Kenneally's Breathe, Annie, Breathe:[An] expertly paced and realistic romance."-Booklist, starred review"Heartfelt, uplifting, and quite possibly enough motivation to make readers reach for their running shoes." -Publisher's Weekly"Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. Her best book yet." -Jennifer L. Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You"

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Practice makes perfect.Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya 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...

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....

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.24 × 5.66 × 0.81 inPublished:June 16, 2015Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1492622230

ISBN - 13:9781492622239

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loveeee Maya shadows teen heartthrob Jesse Scott for a day and what she expects to be a boring day ends up being one of the best days of her life. He's a reminder of everything that she has lost. Maya realizes that if she wants something bad enough, she's going to have to get it herself. Maya ends up being one of those characters that are lost, but will end up finding herself by the end. Through her eyes we see her grow into her own and become stronger than ever. I liked her for Jesse. They made such a good match. Especially when you realize how annoying and rude he is at the beginning. I actually really enjoy character stories where the love interests dislike each other at first. It makes it so much more fun and this book had it. I liked they're little day of adventure and their love didn't feel so instant even though they only knew each other for such a short period of time. There's something about Miranda Kenneally's books that warm my heart. She knows exactly how to tug at your heart strings and make each and every character you see fall in love with someone in the cutest way possible. Jesse's Girl is no exception. She combines music and love into one cute adorable romance. Get ready to fall for pretty much all of Miranda's characters.. And I'm not saying they're all perfect beings either. They're human and make mistakes, but it's what they do about it that makes her stories so memorable.
Date published: 2015-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After Miranda Kenneally's Hundred Oaks books have a similar structure to them, yet it's remarkable how each of them continue to stand on their own as enjoyable books with interesting characters. Whereas most of her previous books have featured characters who are more athletically inclined, Jesse's Girl stands out for its two main characters (Jesse and Maya) who are serious musicians. Perfect for readers who love Miranda Kenneally's other books or music. Reasons to Read: 1. Watching Jesse and Maya's relationship develop: I love a relationship that has room to grow and change over the course of a book, and Jesse and Maya are a perfect example of how to do this exceptionally well. They take their own sweet time to grow closer, and you can see how well they get to know each other. This isn't a case of insta-love, nor is it overriden with angst. Most importantly, I was impressed by how much Maya and Jesse respected one another. This was not a shallow relationship, and it's refreshing to see one like it. 2. Appearances from other Hundred Oaks characters: For readers who have already read some of the previous Hundred Oaks books, it's a special treat to get to see how some of our beloved characters have grown since we last read about them and to see what they're up to now! It also helps to ground the story since I recognize the place and the people, 3. A great appreciation of music: Music is a big part of both Jesse and Maya's lives, and while their tastes in music share some similarities, they are also very different. And it's really interesting to see how far they take it. While Jesse bears more of a burden when it comes to his musical career, it's interesting to see that contrasted with Maya's drive and ambition to see her dreams succeed. And from this, they're able to learn from each other. I also loved Maya's family and how supportive they were of her. You could really see just how tight-knit they were, and how much that benefited Maya. And I'm always a fan of great families. A very minor issue for me was that Jesse's Girl seemed to have less conflict than some of the previous Hundred Oaks books, so I'm not sure there was as much development as I would have liked to have seen. I was impressed, however, by how well Jesse and Maya dealt with the conflict that they did encounter. ARC received from Raincoast Books for review; no other compensation was received.
Date published: 2015-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect Blend of Cute and Fun Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was one of my favourite ARCs I have read. This love story is good for a beach read since it is quick and easy! I liked Maya and Jesse's easy banter and wit between the two of them. I liked the alluding to Ferris Bueller's Day Off which is easily one of my favourite 80's movies of all time. I loved living their day together and really enjoyed reading about the two of them falling in love. It was nice that it wasn't a total insta-love for them and that they took things slow and let them build. It was a nice change of pace from the typical insta-love stories I've been reading lately. It felt realistic, except for the fact that it would never happen to me because I don't know any famous rock stars but here's to never letting hope die. Maya was such an interesting character. It was nice to see her break out of her shell after meeting and spending time with Jesse. I don't think anything fundamentally changed with her -- she just needed a push in the right direction, which is exactly what Jesse gave her. She was already talented and smart and witty before Jesse, he just gave her the opportunity to showcase it and I think that is really important here. In the same manner, it was nice to see that Maya affected Jesse in a similar way. He had some issues in his back story and it was nice to see that he took Maya's advice and didn't just automatically write her off because she was female and/or didn't know him. I liked watching their friendship develop over the course of the day and I feel like I can pinpoint the exact moment the two of them fell for the other. Without spoiling the ending, I'm glad Maya left it as weighing her options. I think it is smart for her to understand there are more than one way for her to achieve her dream and in my mind she definitely does. Overall: 4/5 stars! I really liked this one. It was the perfect blend of cute and fun.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast paced and attention grabbing! What a great story! I've been eagerly looking forward to reading this book. Miranda Kenneally released the first chapter a while ago and after finishing it I knew I had to read the rest asap. Luckily my wait wasn't that long, but it was so worth it! Maya and Jesse have this amazing chemistry that you can see almost from the first page and it continues throughout. I really liked Maya and Jesse. I liked Maya for her determination to make it on her own. I admired her for finding a way to do what she loved even with phobia she had. I loved her attitude for life and her love for her family. I hated how much she hurt when she realized the betrayal of those close to her. I wish she would've told Sam and he would've railed on the a-holes who did it. I loved seeing Maya and the rest of her family. I think it made a huge difference knowing they supported her unconditionally and the sacrifices they were willing to make to do so. Jesse was a surprise. I was at first taken aback at how abrupt he was, but I realized it was his protective armor. My heart broke for how cynical he'd become, but when some of what he'd faced was revealed, I understood why it'd become necessary. I also hated how he alone he felt. Jesse was talented, kind, giving, and sweet. I loved how he opened up to Maya. He shared a lot with her on their shadow day together. He also taught her like she'd wanted, both about music and about life. I loved seeing him enjoy himself on his day off with Maya. It's surprising how much Maya and Jesse had to teach each other. I liked how they supported one another. I hope Miranda Kenneally will give them cameos in another story one day, as guest characters. Speaking of seeing favorite characters. I loved the cameos by Jordan and Sam. I especially loved seeing them together and finding out what they were doing with their lives. I really enjoyed Jesse's Girl. It's fast paced. I'm a little surprised at how quickly I read this book. I rarely looked to see how much I'd progressed into it. I would've loved to see more with Maya and her band, or even more with Jesse and his family. Those were the only aspects I would've liked more of. Other than that, the book was perfect in my opinion. I'm looking forward to more stories set in the Hundred Oaks world. Every story Miranda Kenneally has written so far has been phenomenal, and the streak continues with this one.
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adored this story! Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books. *Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Xpresso in exchange for a fair and honest review.* Jamie has yet to find what she wants to do for the rest of her life. Does she want to coach or does she want to enter into the fashion business? Could she handle another rejection? How would she ever fill her brother’s shoes and was it really necessary? Dean was stuck following in his father’s shoes, working at the family business. It was a sinking ship and his Dad wasn’t open for any ideas to make it better. Could Dean do anything to make his future brighter? He didn’t want Jamie to be stuck in the town with no room to grow, like his mom. Could he ever find happiness? This was a good story. The story line was fun and provided a nice, quick read. The two main characters were written well and were easy to understand. The relationship was sweet and they experienced problems that we can all relate to. The emotions weren’t incredibly strong in this story. I can’t say there was one emotion felt over another or any one specific that really pulled at my heart other than frustration between the two characters and wanting Dean to pull his head out and look at what was in front of him. There were some parts that made me laugh when Jamie pulled her pranks against her brothers. It seemed that this story seemed to lack some oomph. I can’t specifically what it would be that would provide the oomph and I enjoyed the story overall but it just didn’t leave a lasting impression. I enjoyed reading it but think they need another book as some of the most important parts are left hanging.
Date published: 2015-07-09