Miranda Kenneally delivers a sweet and fun contemporary YA romance in Jesse’s Girl

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Miranda Kenneally delivers a sweet and fun contemporary YA romance in Jesse’s Girl

Sometimes you are just up for a little escape read, and Jesse’s Girl will do the trick.  This is a fantasy read where the average girl with a dream meets the superstar guy and somehow, someway, she is the most intriguing thing he has ever met.  Well, sort of, anyway.  This book is set to publish on July 7, 2015.

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Goodreads Summary

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 is 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?
My Thoughts

This book is just too cute. Maya expects to be set up at the music store in the mall for career day. Instead she finds herself shadowing Jesse Scott, one of the biggest stars in young Nashville. He might be a big deal, but all Maya sees is a jerk. Determined to get some useful advice about a musical career, Maya sticks it out, even when Jesse decides to toss the agenda and go a la Ferris Bueller. This was a fun and fast read. Maya is a little too much of a guy’s dream girl (she likes cars, fixes motorcycles, plays metal guitar, and is just slightly quirky) but she was quite likeable. She had a determination and independence that played well with the theme of going after your dreams. Jesse, too, was a pretty well developed character who had character growth and conflict of his own. The book is paced to develop a believable relationship. There are some sexual situations, but they are handled well, and there is nothing graphic or vulgar about them. I don’t imagine you are expecting great literature, and you shouldn’t, but escape reading is too highly underrated in my opinion.

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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