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Jesse's Girl

(Hundred Oaks)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  6,150 ratings  ·  730 reviews
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 May
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Published July 7th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Miranda Kenneally
Sep 24, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm marking my own book as read so I can get closer to meeting my 2014 reading challenge! #noshame ...more
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
Instead of writing my usual review, I've decided to write a letter to Jesse's Girl. If only books could receive, read and respond to letters...

*clears throat* Ahem. Dear Jesse's Girl,

Gosh darn it, you were a fabulous book. But you already know that, obviously. I just wanted to let you know that you made me swoon, laugh, smile, and feel tingles all over.

You made me cry, too. Typically I cry because I'm sad, but with you, I totally cried happy tears. I was deeply touched by how the Maya's family j
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Miranda Kenneally's Hundred Oaks is one of those super cute, swoon-worthy contemporaries that you can pick up at any point in the series, and love them just as much as the next person. For me, I started reading her books since Racing Savannah (book 4) and this book, Jesse's Girl is undoubtedly my favourite one up to date. While the first 5 books have all been about sports, this one is different in the sense that the two leads are musicians.

Things that I loved
Paula M
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it

"Yeah, yeah, I'm from Tennessee, where its a crime if you don't love country, but I deep, rumbling beats and singing loud and fast and hard. I do not like closing my eyes and crooning to a cow in the pasture."

I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS IS MY FIRST BOOK FROM MIRANDA KENNEALLY!! Excuse me while I purchase her other books. I am missing out, I know that now. It definitely shocked me to find out that Miranda isn't on my author-to-stalk list when her books are the kinds I inhale like c
Danielle (Love at First Page)
I think Jesse's Girl may be my favorite Miranda Kennally book to date? I use a question mark there because Breathe, Annie, Breathe is still her most poignant and touching, but Jesse's Girl was such a JOY to read. It's fluffy and sweet and adorable and HAPPY. And lately those are the feelings I've been desperate for while reading.

So I hope you all know by now my love of country boys. I think it's the gentlemanly manners and the accent. Can't forget about the accent. Add a country music singer in
Perks Of Being A Fangirl
Jan 03, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: excited, 2015
Sarah Elizabeth
This was a YA contemporary romance about a girl and a rock star.

Maya was an okay character, and it was nice how she was genuine with Jesse and didn’t treat him like a star.

The storyline in this was about Maya and Jesse spending a day together and developing feelings for each other, even though it seemed that they wouldn’t be able to be together because of Jesse’s career and insecurities. The pace in this was a bit slow though, and at times I found it hard to really care about what was going on.
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2015
"I leaned that I have to take chances if I want a chance at my dreams."

Jesse's Girl was my third Miranda Kenneally book and I feel like now I can officially call myself a fan. While Breathe, Annie, Breathe , the first one I've read by her, is still my ultimate favorite (and I have a feeling it will stay that way), I enjoyed the other two, including Jesse's Girl, immensely and the same thing will probably apply to the other three I have yet to read. I've said it before in my review of Stea
So many sports romances don't have any sports in them, just like rockstar romances don't have any music stuff in them. Lots of times(IMO) neither the authors nor readers really know or care about the music or sport-it seems to be all about the stud-value of the jock, big-time musician etc.

Refreshingly this book had music stuff, as well as human stuff and boy-girl stuff. It wasn't clean, had some sexy times and both the h/H grew over the book. The romance was slow-burn - the country-boy/Grammy-wi
Marla Mei
Now kinda regretting rating Breathe, Annie, Breathe only three stars. I NEED TO REREAD THAT BOOK and remedy that.

This is not a bad book per se, but I just felt it to be the weakest out of all the books in the series. Reading this made me realize how truly heartfelt and moving Breathe, Annie, Breathe was and how it deserves more stars than what I gave it before. Though this book tackles self-discovery much like every other book in the series, I just felt the least connection with this. And I NEE
4.0-4.5 stars - I loved this.

Jesse's Girl is a great reason to put author Miranda Kenneally on your auto-buy list. Each book gets better and better and when i read an entire book in one sitting, I know that you have something good - a really good - feel good kind of book.

The Review:
If you have not yet had a chance to read Miranda Kenneally’s Hundred Oaks series what are you waiting for? Ms. Kenneally is a gifted storyteller and her books feature realistic characters who work hard to achieve the
Maya shadows teen heartthrob Jesse Scott for a day and what she expects to be a boring day ends up being one of the best days of her life. He's a reminder of everything that she has lost. Maya realizes that if she wants something bad enough, she's going to have to get it herself.

Maya ends up being one of those characters that are lost, but will end up finding herself by the end. Through her eyes we see her grow into her own and become stronger than ever. I liked her for Jesse. They made such a g
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I seriously think this book may be my favourite of the Hundred Oaks series. Being English, and not all that interested in sport, I've found I can't really relate to the sportier aspects of the previous books. However, I didn't have the same difficulties here.

In Jesse's Girl, we follow Maya Henry, the younger sister of much loved Sam Henry (our fave from Finding Jordan), as she shadows the country music star, Jesse Scott, for career mentoring day. When I was at school we didn't have anything like
Ellice Y.

May just be the best book of the Hundred Oaks series yet! I'm in love with Jesse, and I fell in love with Sam Henry all over again <333
Lisa (lifeinlit)
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

My first Miranda Kenneally book was Breathe, Annie, Breathe, which I ended up really enjoying when I read it last year. So you could say I was pretty excited to read this book. After reading this one, I’m determined to go back and read the ENTIRE Hundred Oaks series now! This book was FANTASTIC! I loved it so much. And I can’t wait to meet more of this great crew of characters.

Maya loves music. She spends her time playing in a rock band with some friends from school. So when Hundred Oa
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ever since first reading Catching Jordan so many years ago, I have loved this series, Miranda's writing ability and the world and characters that she has created. I vowed there and then that I would read anything that she has to offer us readers because she really is just that good.

Her latest is no different. Once again we are thrown back into the life of Hundred Oaks, with familiar faces as well as some new ones but this time, this time we get a sexy, cowboy rock star to keep us interested and
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love love love all the books in this series! Always laughs, tears, and butterflies!
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I loved the premise of this book and Miranda is always someone I love to read, so it was a no-brainer.

I really liked Maya. Her talent and stubbornness was fun to read about. It took me a second to realize she was Sam Henry's little sister. I loved seeing Sam and Jordan and the entire Henry family. It's always so refreshing to see supportive and present families in YA.

Jesse is sort of a complicated mess. I really enjoyed reading his struggle to balance what he thought was right with what
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs
I dont deny the fact that I am a lucky girl. I got to read Jesse’s Girl for the first time when it was in draft form and wasn’t even called Jesse’s Girl. I fell in love with it then but I wanted to wait to review it until I had done a reread. Honestly though, it didn’t matter. The book was awesome in draft and awesome in a final copy. Miranda Kenneally once again does what she does best and gives you awesome boys, wicked cool girls and a story that
I adore how Kenneally is always able to make me change my opinion about a character she creates. I of course went in to Jesse’s Girl expecting to be wooed off my feet by Jesse in this book, but instead I found myself really miffed by his behaviour. I couldn’t understand that being in the spot light 24/7 and as famous as Jesse at such a young age makes you a vulnerable person that you have to keep your guard up. But when a person like Maya comes along and is given the chance to shadow you at leas ...more
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: na-ya
Genre: YA romance
Sensuality: PG
Rating: 3.5

17 yr old Madonna wannabe follows a famous 19 yr old country star around for a school project.

I read this bc one of my favorite all-time YAs is Catching Jordan. This features Sam's sister and it's great to see the glimpses of Sam&Jordan 6 years later back in their hometown and "living in sin". As for this bk, it's a cute story with homages to Ferris Bueller's Day Off and American Idol.
Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws
I have been hearing about Miranda Kenneally and her Hundred Oaks series for quite some time. But somehow I never really got a chance to pick up one. So, I was happy when I got approved to read this book on Netgalley. And now that I have finally read it, I am happy to say that all the good things I had heard about this book were absolutely TRUE!

When Maya had filled up the form for career mentoring day saying that she would like to be a musician, she expected to be sent to the local music store fo
Muse-ic ♬
Solid 4 stars. This one is, hands down, my favorite of the 6 Miranda Kenneally books I've read.
Give me a book about the struggles of a musician and odds are I'll take it.
I really connect with those.
I absolutely loved Maya. I loved Jesse the sweetheart so much! And Casper and Sam and Mr. Logan and errbody!
Beautiful story line, wonderful characters, very fluffy!
I'm 100% unashamed to admit that there was a lot of smiling and giggling on my part!

I tried to fight the urge guys...but the song just got stuck in my head!
(I regret nothing!)
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There's FIVE more books after Catching Jordan!?!?


Totally buying all of those the day they're released!!!

WOW I'm excited already!!
I'M SO HAPPY. And now I really want to reread Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker. ...more
Apr 29, 2015 added it
Shelves: 2015, 2015-ya-contemp
Michelle Wrona
This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!

Miranda Kenneally has done it again... and it's thousands of times better than I expected. I WANT TO BE JESSE'S GIRL, OKAY? As I've anticipated this one for ages after reading Breathe, Annie, Breathe and even before that. I find that we're unable to find that perfect music-associated book, and THIS WAS IT. I suggest heading over to the bookstore as soon as possible and falling in love right there, at the moment. HYPE,
Christy LoveOfBooks
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it

I’ve had a bit of a rough time with YA romance lately, but Miranda Kenneally’s Hundred Oak series is one that I still get excited for, because I know I’ll get a quick read full of feels and laughter. Jesse’s Girl is no exception! It was seriously such a delightful read full of wonderful characters.

I was not expecting Maya’s personality and style! The cover makes it look like she’s a country girl, but no. Maya is red lips, nose piercing, and leather pants … yeah, the girl I a rocker! That was
Jen Ryland
Jul 11, 2013 added it
Shelves: july-2015
Upon seeing book listed on Goodreads:
Can't wait.
And Miranda K, you have given me an 80s earworm....

My take after reading this: Yes, this book was chock-filled with tropes (Romancing a Star; Princess for a Day; I'm a Little Bit Country, You're a Little Bit Rock and Roll; Odd Couple Romance) but it definitely put a smile on my face. From the Ferris Bueller's Day Off inspired day this couple first spends together to the American Idol-inspired show that Maya tries out for, this book was tons of fun
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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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