YA Book Review: Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally


From Barnes and Noble:

“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?”


I’m a big fan of two of Miranda Kenneally’s previous works, Catching Jordan and Breathe, Annie, BreatheJust like in those books, the female lead in Jesse’s Girl is pretty awesome. Maya’s real, she’s quirky (but not in a forced way) and she’s just likable. She’s also tough, which is probably what I like best about her.

Even so, I didn’t find this book difficult to put down. While the premise is fun and exciting, I wasn’t crazy about Jesse. There was nothing wrong with him exactly–he’s just not the type of guy I could see myself liking, so the story wasn’t as easy for me to get into. (This is completely different from Catching Jordan because Sam Henry is exactly the type of guy I would like. Speaking of Catching Jordan, did I forget to mention that Maya is his little sister?? And Sam and Jordan are in this book!)

Mild spoiler ahead: one critique of the book that I have is that Jesse’s issues with his parents weren’t very well fleshed out. His parents were presented in a very one-dimensional way, and it felt like an over-simplification of a very complex relationship. One of the things I liked best about Catching Jordan was how Kenneally depicted Jordan’s relationship with her father, so I was a little disappointed there.

In a few words: It’s a nice, casual read. It’s definitely not Miranda Kenneally’s best, but it’s solid and Maya is an awesome lead character!

Rating: 3.5/5

If you liked it try…

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (In case that wasn’t painfully obvious from the review)

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally (What can I say? Miranda’s got a unique style that’s hard to match)

Picture from goodreads.com


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