Series: Hundred Oaks #6
Published by: SourceFire Books on July 7, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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Practice Makes Perfect.
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?
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also in this series: Breathe, Annie, Breathe
Also by this author: Breathe, Annie, Breathe
One Line: Sweet jeebus, Miranda, what a stellar story you’ve created here!
In My Opinion: Must. Read. NOW!
Jesse’s Girl is, hands down, one of the best books I’ve read this year, maybe ever. I could not stop reading, in fact, I couldn’t stop smiling the whole time I read this book. I seriously want to grab a finished copy and hug it, I loved it so much. Gah! I can’t stop gushing about this book. Everything about it, from the setting to the romance to the characters was flawless. Having only read 2 other books by Miranda, I can’t say that this is her best work, but I can definitely say it’s my favorite so far.
I’ve always been a fan of music-related books and I loved the emphasis Miranda placed on particular songs and artists. Maya is an eighties rocker who dreams of making it big and I just wanted to write down all her favorite songs and listen to them after reading this. Jesse is true country star and even though I don’t know much about the genre, there have been plenty of country music songs that I’ve loved over the years. This isn’t just about the rockstar getting the girl, it’s also about the rocker girl chasing her dream. I really appreciated how Miranda placed an emphasis on working on your craft and honing your skills, despite having a natural talent for something, you have to really work for it to get what you want in life.
Jesse’s Girl also bolsters the importance of family and I couldn’t get enough of Maya’s family. Since I never read Catching Jordan, this was my first time really meeting Jordan and Sam. I think I caught a glimpse of them in Racing Savannah and/or Breathe, Annie, Breathe, but not much, if any. Anyways, yeah, I loved Maya’s family. They’re supportive, loving, and downright hilarious. Jordan and Sam’s relationship was so lively, I loved how they yelled at each other so lovingly. I also loved the protective vibes Sam had towards Maya, especially when it came to Jesse; those moments totally cracked me up. There’s definitely a good amount of humor in this book and a lot of it comes from Maya’s wonderful family.
As for the characters, Jesse and Maya are both outstanding. They’re both so passionate about their music and music in general. I loved that they had that in common. Their meeting is anything but congenial and I’m a sucker for the hate-turned-friends-turned-lovers relationship, which is exactly what happens here. Miranda did it perfectly and I liked that even though there were obvious emotions involved, much of the book is of Maya and Jesse as friends, maybe friends plus a little more, if I’m being honest. Theirs is a slow-build love story of the best kind. They both had their fair share of tumultuous relationships in the past, although Maya isn’t as experienced as Jesse, so they were very cautious of each other, which I appreciated. Maya is head-strong, determined, and talented. I loved that despite everything against her, she never gave up on her dream to be a successful singer. Jesse is a superstar, but also very grounded, if a bit jaded. He definitely needed someone like Maya, whose personality is so kind and pure, to show him how to live again. I particularly loved their “days off”, when it was just the two of them, having fun and living life. They just fit together so perfectly and balanced each other out nicely.
Let me just say that their romance was so incredibly sweet, I couldn’t get enough of it. I fell in love with them as a couple and I was head over heels for Jesse by the end of this book.
It is extremely rare that when I finish a book, I immediately want to go back and re-read it, but that was most certainly the case here. Jesse’s girl has everything you could ever want in a YA Contemporary book. Miranda’s characters will win you over right away with their charm. The romance will have you doing that “head tilt-smile-say-AWWWW” thing people always do when they see a super-sweet and touching moment. Everyone needs to get this book as soon as it comes out, sit back, and watch yourself fly through the pages of this dazzling, feel-good book.