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Blog Tour: Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally {Review+Giveaway}

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Welcome to my stop on the Jesse's Girl blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours!
Today I am excited to share my review, as well as a giveaway with you all!
You can see the full tour schedule HERE.

Jesse's Girl (Hundred Oaks #6)
   by: Miranda Kenneally

Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: e-ARC provided via the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 304 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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 am a huge fan of the regular person falling for the famous one trope. I think it's adorable and I love seeing that dynamic. Kenneally does a great job of it here. I felt it was believable and I really enjoyed getting to see Maya and Jesse together as well as how much they learned from one another.
I really liked Maya. She is a sweet character who just wants to play music. She has the passion and the drive for it, but doesn't think she can go solo because of a rather embarrassing voice crack incident that was captured and put on YouTube. However, after her band decides she's not really what they're looking for, Maya feels completely at a loss as to what to do.
For job shadowing day, she has the opportunity to shadow her principal's nephew, Jesse Scott, country superstar and teen idol. It was definitely not a swoon at first sight scenario either. Jesse is guarded and snarky. I can't really blame him considering the industry he works in, but he and Maya do not get off on the best foot.
I had a blast with Maya and Jesse on their job shadow day, as they decide to ditch the schedule they have planned for them and get to do some fun things on their own. Sure, Maya still gets advice and some awesome music opportunities, but I loved seeing Jesse cut free and have some fun of his own, as you can just tell the guy is struggling to enjoy life at the moment.
I liked their romance a lot. Maya is wary because she doesn't want to get her heart broken again and Jesse is equally so, what with his fame and all the people that have manipulated him in the past. It may seem like Jesse Scott has it all, but when it comes down to it, he's an extremely lonely guy who craves his parents' approval. Maya is good for him because here is a girl who has no ulterior motives and just likes getting to know him for HIM and be able to share her love of music with someone who loves it just as much.
We also get to see plenty of Maya's older brother, Sam and his girlfriend Jordan, and I loved catching up with those two. They are as crazy as ever and it was nice to see what they were doing now, as well as seeing them together and completely in love.
Overall, I really enjoyed this latest installment of Kenneally's Hundred Oaks series and I cannot wait for more! This is a series that could go on forever and I still wouldn't feel like it was long enough!

Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), 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.

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  1. I am reading this one tonight and I just know I'm going to love it! I love that trope as well! I think it's just so cute and fun to read about.

    Lovely review <33

  2. Yay! So glad you enjoyed this, Jess! I loved Jesse and Maya and yes I completely agree! Their shadow together was perfect. These two were so adorable together. :)
    Lovely review, Jess!

  3. I love the famous aspect, too and I find I just get fascinated by the whole famous lifestyle too so stories revolving around famous people always interest me. Great review, hun! :)

  4. Lovely review, Jess! This book was so much fun and made me so happy while reading. Jess and Maya make such an adorable couple. :)
    I can't wait to see what sport/passion Miranda decides to write about next.


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