Book 6, Hundred Oaks
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Practice makes perfect.
Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya 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?
Praise for Miranda Kenneally’s Breathe, Annie, Breathe:
“[An] expertly paced and realistic romance.”—Booklist, starred review
“Heartfelt, uplifting, and quite possibly enough motivation to make readers reach for their running shoes.” —Publisher’s Weekly
"Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. Her best book yet." —Jennifer L. Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You
satisfying and engaging.
The first I’ve read from Miranda Kenneally, the premise on this story was too good to pass up. Hundred Oaks High is set in Tennessee, so the tie in to a country singer and a girl that is musical, but so NOT into country music (I can relate) was a logical one. And from there, Kenneally uses the logical and plausible scenario to produce a story that is entertaining and engaging, but most of all possible.
Maya was a bassist for a band: she’s a fan of Queen and other rock and roll stylings, and with the loss of both her band gig and the boy she was crushing on, things haven’t been that wonderful. And, when you add to that, a “Career Mentoring Day” when she discovers that while she’ll be paired with a successful musician: he’s a country singer.
Jesse is 18 and a rising country star, with fame, fortune and a few pitfalls along the way. His parents are not happy with his choice to chase his dream, he doesn’t want to shepherd a high school kid around for a day, and he’s still dealing with so-called friends betrayals. While he started out being an utter jerk, Maya’s friendliness and openness soon had him softening. And then….
They start sharing themselves: their dreams and disappointments, bonding over music and life difficulties that are common no matter your circumstances. Attraction between them starts to grow as their day’s adventures move from one high point to another. Most importantly, BOTH characters developed in a way that was realistic and sweetly touching, and their conversations brought them to new perspectives and understandings about their disappointments, even as their own attraction sparkled.
Growth for the characters, a believable story and realistic situations and conversations that are easy to relate to kept this story richly satisfying and engaging. Working well as a standalone title despite its being a part of a similar-setting series, this is a wonderful introduction to this author’s work.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own responsibility.
GREAT YA and adult grown up Cinderella story.
I really liked this book. It was kinda like Cinderella meets Rock Star (Prince Charming), without the shoes. Although he does buy her $500 purple cowboy boots and pays for free vocal lessons. And it wasn't cheesy. Everyone sounds like down to earth people and I had a lot of fun reading the book.
It is definitely a YA book, but what adult doesn't enjoy a Cinderella story? I didn't know this was a series and would definitely read more of these books. They are just entertaining and fun. A little something different than mysteries all the time.
Thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for the free entertainment in exchange for an honest review. I liked it a lot!!!
Fast paced and attention grabbing!
What a great story! I've been eagerly looking forward to reading this book. Miranda Kenneally released the first chapter a while ago and after finishing it I knew I had to read the rest asap. Luckily my wait wasn't that long, but it was so worth it! Maya and Jesse have this amazing chemistry that you can see almost from the first page and it continues throughout.
I really liked Maya and Jesse. I liked Maya for her determination to make it on her own. I admired her for finding a way to do what she loved even with phobia she had. I loved her attitude for life and her love for her family. I hated how much she hurt when she realized the betrayal of those close to her. I wish she would've told Sam and he would've railed on the a-holes who did it. I loved seeing Maya and the rest of her family. I think it made a huge difference knowing they supported her unconditionally and the sacrifices they were willing to make to do so.
Jesse was a surprise. I was at first taken aback at how abrupt he was, but I realized it was his protective armor. My heart broke for how cynical he'd become, but when some of what he'd faced was revealed, I understood why it'd become necessary. I also hated how he alone he felt. Jesse was talented, kind, giving, and sweet. I loved how he opened up to Maya. He shared a lot with her on their shadow day together. He also taught her like she'd wanted, both about music and about life. I loved seeing him enjoy himself on his day off with Maya.
It's surprising how much Maya and Jesse had to teach each other. I liked how they supported one another. I hope Miranda Kenneally will give them cameos in another story one day, as guest characters. Speaking of seeing favorite characters. I loved the cameos by Jordan and Sam. I especially loved seeing them together and finding out what they were doing with their lives. I really enjoyed Jesse's Girl. It's fast paced. I'm a little surprised at how quickly I read this book. I rarely looked to see how much I'd progressed into it.
I would've loved to see more with Maya and her band, or even more with Jesse and his family. Those were the only aspects I would've liked more of. Other than that, the book was perfect in my opinion. I'm looking forward to more stories set in the Hundred Oaks world. Every story Miranda Kenneally has written so far has been phenomenal, and the streak continues with this one.