Genre: YA Realistic Fiction
Pub. Date: July 7, 2015
Source: Publisher for review
Other Books By Author: Catching Jordan
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Goodreads says, "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?
Music is Maya's life and has always been, except for the day that she is kicked out of her band and her boyfriend dumps her. She could use some good luck. It appears her luck is changing when she gets her assignment for Career Shadow Day. She gets to shadow the Principal's nephew, Jesse Scott, otherwise known as a country music superstar. The thing is....Maya isn't into country music. She likes edgier rock, but at least she can learn something from him about the music industry, right? However, once she meets Jesse, he doesn't treat her like she was hoping for; he treats her like just another one of his groupies. Jesse is currently dealing with his own set of problems and as he gets to know Maya more and more, he realizes that they perhaps have more in common than he initially thought. But more importantly, does Maya have what it takes to follow her dreams? Miranda Kenneally's Jesse's Girl is a cute summertime read; it's a perfect addition to your beach bag this summer.
I love that Maya is the kind of girl that goes her own way in Jesse's Girl. Most people would expect her to love country music, but she's got her own thing going on with her rock music and 80s music. Being a child of the 80s, I loved that! Once she pairs up with Jesse for Shadow Day, things start to get really interesting. At first, there are some bumps in the road with Jesse, but I enjoyed how their relationship played out. I also liked that they are both trying to figure things out in their own lives and ended up challenging each other.
I had a hard time buying into the Career Shadow Day and Maya's incredibly good luck being placed with Jesse. It seems a little too good to be true, even if Jesse did it as a favor for his uncle. However, my experience in public education is perhaps way different than Maya's; nonetheless, I had a hard time buying into the fact that a country music superstar would allow a high school student to shadow him.
Fans of Kenneally's Catching Jordan will love that some of her former characters make cameos in Jesse's Girl. I adored Catching Jordan, so revisiting the characters was a lot of fun.
Jesse's Girl didn't blow me away by any means, but it's perfect summer reading. It's light, it's fun, it's romantic, and if you are like me and enjoy country music, you'll love the combination of music and romance.