Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Book review - Jesse's Girl

Title: Jesse's Girl
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Genre: romance
Similar books: Some Kind of Normal by Juliana Stone
                     Paper or Plastic by  Vivi Barnes
Nice enough, if predictable

Summary: When Maya said she wanted to be a rock star when asked what she'd like to do for her school's Shadow Day, she figured she'd be sent to work at the radio station. She never expected to spend the day with country music superstar Jesse Scott. Jesse isn't at all what she expected, withdrawn and solitary rather than the party boy he's portrayed as in the media. Maya and Jesse don't think much of each other at first, but it's strange the difference a day can make.

My opinion: Like most romances, this book is rather predictable. Maya and Jesse hate each other initially, though this is mostly to mask their attraction. They, of course, give one another a chance, discover what they have in common, learn from each other, fall in love, push away, and eventually decide that being together is worth any cost. Love conquers all (cue mild eye roll). There is a level of reassurance to a plot like that, especially in the case of this novel. Maya is not rescued. If anything, it is Maya who does the rescuing. Overall, though, I found the plot somewhat tired. The music and fame are not unique enough to allow this novel to stand out from the crowd. It's a solid teen romance but not particularly memorable.

Advance Reader Copy provided by NetGalley

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