Title: Jesse’s Girl (Hundred Oaks #7)
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Daniela’s rating: 4 stars
**ARC provided in exchange for honest review via Netgalley**
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?
This book can be read as a standalone. Like all the others, it has characters from previous books, and in this one we have no other than Jordan and Sam. I was hooked with just that.
It’s been sooooo long since I last read the previous books of this series. I’m still missing Breathe, Annie, Breathe, and I intend to read it soon.
If you’re looking for a light, heart-warming story, this series will give you just that. These are happy stories with a little bit of drama, but nothing boring, that’s for sure. Once again, Miranda Kenneally has created wonderful characters that are so relatable and so fun to read about, you just find yourself falling completely in love with them. I couldn’t stop reading this book because it made me smile so much. It was just dreamy.
Jesse’s Girl involves two primary characters: Maya Henry and Jesse Scott. If you’ve read the Hundred Oaks series, you probably already know a little bit of Maya, at least who she is. She’s Sam Henry’s little sister. And we all know who Sam is :). She’s now a big girl, trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. She loves music more than anything in the world, and she only wants to perform, share her music with people, but it sounds easier than it actually is. That’s why, when Shadow Day comes, with some help, she manages to shadow this huge teen country music star, Jesse Scott. Her life completely changes the moment she talks to him for the first time, even if she doesn’t realize it right away. Jesse is this gifted kid who sings with all his heart, and puts everything into his music. But he’s also the kind of kid who’s really guarded around people. It’s not easy to have real friends when everyone wants something from you. Jesse and Maya are exactly what they need for each other. Jesse will give her the confidence she needs, and Maya will give him the life he wants.
I really liked this book. Like I said, it was a light read I couldn’t stay away, because ti was the very definition of sweet, fun, and adorable. This whole series is about overcoming obstacles in life. We all have things we’re scared to do, because we don’t want to fail. And these characters all have dreams and fears, but the beauty of them all relies on the way the characters grow. Some take more time then others, but that’s life. I absolutely loved to see Maya overcome her fears of not being able to do what she wants in life, at least not on her own, even though she’s capable of anything. I loved to see Jesse overcome his fear of being used by everyone he meets. We have to have faith that things will work out, and take some chances in life.
Maya Henry is this who looks completely badass in the outside. She radiates confidence, but sometimes she can’t help but doubt her talent and herself. She’s real. I liked her a lot. And she’s funny and even though she’s scared sometimes, she’s strong enough to set those fears aside, work through them and give her damn best to do what she wants to do. She has a big heart, just like her brother. She worries for those she loves. She trusts and tries her best to help those she feels she can help. She’s just good and kind and open-minded. Even though her first encounter with Jesse wasn’t exactly as how she’d thought it would be, she ended up giving it another shot. I liked that about her.
Now Jesse. Well, if there’s a book boyfriend that will give you butterflies and will make you smile, that’s him. I just loved him. He’s completely genuine and true to his heart. He’s good and kindhearted. He recognizes good people, but his fear of them turning out to be something different makes him doubt more than he’d like it to. But then, when he gives himself the chance to believe and trust in someone, an outsider, he gives himself completely. He’s a sweetheart and he won my heart completely.
I just love this series so much. They bring joy to my life, because they’re just too sweet and adorable.