Tuesday, June 16, 2015

REVIEW: Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally

I wanted to read Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally mostly because I've really liked the other books I've read so far in Miranda Kenneally's Hundred Oaks series. I've enjoyed the connectivity between the characters, I've enjoyed the characters and their relationships together. So I quite happily requested Jesse's Girl on Netgalley and was all prepared to sit down and get lost in another wonderful contemporary love story.

Unfortunately I felt a bit let down by Jesse's Girl.  Everything is just so straight forward, with no extra layers or complexity. We're told everything we need to know: that Jesse has no friends or family and feels very lonely and has lost his trust in other people. Maya has a knock to her confidence and doesn't quite know if she should carry on with her music as a solo artist or look for another band after she's kicked out of hers. And with all of that information laid at the reader's feet, I found myself very underwhelmed by everything that happened throughout the story. I wanted to like it more than I did but I found it just 'okay.'

Jesse's Girl is the story of Maya (the younger sister of Sam from Catching Jordan) and her eventful day when she is paired with a famous country singer, Jesse, on her school's career day. She's more rock and he's a country singer. He also has trust issues so of course there was a bit of drama and conflict at their first meeting. They soon get over it and go on a Ferris Bueller type adventure for the day.  It was kind of sweet and I did think their day sounded amazing.  I just wanted more depth to the story than there was.

It was quite nice to catch up with Jordan and Sam from the first book in the Hundred Oaks series. I loved seeing what they were up to and how their relationship has progressed several years down the line.  Sam was quite the over protective older brother but Jordan seemed to balance him out.

Jesse's Girl was a cute read.  It had some fun moments and I did like Jesse's gay uncle but for the most part, I just wasn't feeling this book or the relationships between any of the characters. I felt very disconnected from the lot of them.  And for that I feel very disappointed. I will still continue to read Miranda Kenneally and pick up further books in this series but what a shame this book was a bit of a let-down.

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