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Defending Taylor

(Hundred Oaks)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  4,789 ratings  ·  582 reviews
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Captain of the soccer team, president of the Debate Club, contender for valedictorian: Taylor's always pushed herself to be perfect. After all, that's what is expected of a senator's daughter. But one impulsive decision-one lie to cover for her boyfriend-and Taylor's kicked out of private school. Everything she's worked so hard for is gone, an
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Published July 5th 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
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An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

Taylor is an ambitious senior, captain of the soccer team, straight A student with her eye on Yale, she does everything that is expected of a senator's daughter. Then she makes one big mistake which costs her family's reputation. With one little lie, her perfect life unravels and she must start over at public school at Hundred Oaks High.

I pre
May 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle, arc
Received from: Sourcebooks Fire
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Why this book?

It seemed interesting

What I thought

Taylor is so stupid messing up not only her life, but her families too; because she didn't want to snitch on her boyfriend! He was the idiot who had all the pills to begin with! Don't even get me started on the fact that she didn't talk to Ezra for years, because he didn't go to her birthday party boo freakin hoo! This book had so many problems i'm not even gonna waste my time w
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and NetGalley.)

“I’d almost rather be known as a druggie than a snitch. People will forget about pills, but a person’s character isn’t so easily forgotten.”

This was a YA contemporary romance about a girl who got expelled from her boarding school.

Taylor was an interesting character, and it was noble of her the way she took the blame for her boyfriend’s mistake, it certainly go
Fafa's Book Corner
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner !

Beware spoilers ahead!

I received this E-ARC via Sourcebooks Fire and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

When I first saw this on Netgalley I didn't think much of it. Of course I had heard about this author and all her previous books. I read the synopsis and it sounded decent. Nothing exceptional or special. I decided to request it regardless. I wanted to give it a shot. I am so surprised that I really enjoyed it!

The book begins with Taylor transferri
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

When I first discovered Kenneally's books last year, I fell in love with her writing and her characters. I'm not a sporty person, like at all, but reading about all the different sports available at American schools, and the American school system in general. When I was younger I used to play football (soccer to Americans), so when I found out that book 7 in the series would be about football,
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed the rest of Miranda's books, so I requested this without reading the synopsis and bumped it up on the list when some friends were talking it up.

I loved Taylor. She's a genuinely good person, who made an honorable choice...and that choice turned out to be the the wrong one. I enjoyed watching her figure things out when everything changed.

There's an interesting group of characters here. Of course there's a swoony boy, but I'm not going to spoil Ezra at all. Taylor's siblings were pr
May 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally
Book Seven of the Hundred Oaks series
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

Captain of the soccer team, president of the Debate Club, contender for valedictorian: Taylor’s always pushed herself to be perfect. After all, that’s what is expected of a senator’s daughter. But one impulsive decision—one lie to cover for her boyfriend—
Danielle (Love at First Page)

4-4.5 stars

I have a new favorite Miranda Kenneally book! She just gets teenagers, and I appreciated Taylor's journey so much. The book boy was of course sweet and swoony (second chance romance + older brother's friend!) and there are some great father-daughter moments. As with other books in this series, Defending Taylor is wonderfully sex positive... and the steam factor is actually turned up several notches. Loved it! Really curious to know which character will get his/her story next!

*Thanks t
Jen Ryland
Loved this - interesting characters, great family relationships, fun return appearances from past characters, and a sweet romance!

Full review to come!
Sep 04, 2014 marked it as to-read
*heavy breathing*

omg guise the titles are back. the verb + name? this is so great.
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: swoooon
I haven't read a Kenneally novel since finishing Stealing Parker quite disappointed, but I'm glad I gave her latest a shot. Defending Taylor is a much more mature novel than a lot of her past reads have been. This straddles this line between YA and NA, not just in terms of honest, open dialogue about sex but also because of the focus on college, figuring out what you want from your future, and evolving relationships with siblings and parents. I thought the family dynamics in this novel were so w ...more
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Review originally posted on Mostly YA Lit:
Review: Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally
Taylor Lukens had a perfect life. With great support from her fantastic family, including a senator father, and two older siblings who love her, she's captain of the soccer and debate team at her private boarding school and on the road to Yale. But everything changes after one evening in the woods where she takes the fall for her boyfriend Ben, who has a backpack full of prescription pills.

Expelled from her
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3 out of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). I totally just realized that I read this serious SUPER out of order... Welp, you only live oncE! This was a super cute, fast, fun, and romance filled read. I'm super glad that I picked it up, it got me out of my reading slump!!! BLESS.

My rating system: (I do use half stars.)
5 - I do not use the 5 star. Not because a book might no
Aug 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
This won't be a review per se, just full of spoilers case of ranting.

I have so many problems with this book that in a minute I'll burst into a Jay-Z song.

First of all I hated Taylor, the main character. She's a boring, intitled poor rich kid with huge ego and needs validation from other peple as much as I need ice-cream and Tom Hiddleston by my side.
A girl can dream, right?


Yeah, shut up, Walt. you have no idea what you're talking about!

Anyways, Taylor got kicked out of her fancy school because
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
I loved JESSE'S GIRL so I pre-ordered this one as soon as I heard about it. I was not disappointed. I think this one was super adorable but also really eye opening. I loved Taylor, her story, and highly recommend reading this one.

One thing I love about the Hundred Oaks is that they are all connected and yet different. I love the cameos from past characters because you get to reminisce about past stories. However you don't have to have read the previous novels to know what is happening in any one
Dec 18, 2015 rated it liked it
What I always love about Miranda Kenneally's novels is that she gives us main characters who really do get shaped by their lives, their relationships and the choices they make. Tee is in an unenviable position at the start of her senior year, and in this novel, readers are given the chance to see her journey unfold. I liked seeing her relationships with her family, her friends and her romance (ah, the boy in this is adorable!), but really liked seeing her realize that working hard AND having fun ...more
Lisa (lifeinlit)
I've enjoyed the books in the Hundred Oaks series quite a bit. I've only read a few so far, but I will surely be reading the rest. I love how wonderfully Miranda Kenneally can write about teenagers and their lives.

Taylor is an easy character to like and respect. She's extremely hardworking, intelligent, and very well put together. Her family, specifically her parents, had huge dreams for her future. Dreams that she really didn't have a choice but to follow. That is until she makes a mistake that
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, read-but-unowned
I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

I have loved this series since the beginning and was very excited to get this copy free to continuing with the series.

I do have to say, though, that I was not impressed with this particular book of the series. I didn't like Taylor that much and the way she just assumed things would work out for her really annoyed me. She knew her dad had a lot of power as the Senator and thought that she could use that power for he
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to rank the Hundred Oaks books because I do truly love them all, but this one is definitely up at the top. Not only does Defending Taylor contain plenty of humor and swoony swoons, it's realistic portrayal of bad decisions and consequences, both expected and unexpected, is so refreshingly honest. There's not a single part of this book that I don't appreciate. Well done, Miranda! You've got another winner! ...more
Less Reality More Books

I adore coming back to Miranda Kenneally’s world of students attending Hundred Oaks High School in Tennessee. Even after seven books, her characters are always wonderfully unique, with stories that are quite relatable and real. There are no supernatural occurrences, no princesses or kings or evil witches attempting to destroy mankind in this world. It makes it so great to read that I got this book finished on a lazy Sunday afternoon with the house to myself and a cup
Grace P
DEFENDING TAYLOR is one of the only YA books that I have found that successfully captures the difficulties of high school with academic stress, college admissions, family expectations, and all of the pressure that a lot of teens put on themselves to succeed. I found it to be incredibly relatable. Taylor has the “perfect family” and that really drives her to succeed. Taylor’s choices actually make sense and you understand her motivations even if you don’t agree.

I have enjoyed all of the books in
Dilushani Jayalath
Dec 29, 2015 marked it as to-read
So I read the short story of Jordan and Henry. I just couldn't help it. Ever Since I got to know that there was a short story of them (like 1/2 hour ago) I had to read it. My first reaction



after that

Then of course by the end

Now I finally know why Vanessa said (view spoiler) It's just I can't believe it happened. But it does make the story more realistic. But still the ending got me like

We need a second book with them al
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, young-adult
This book is like the epitome of meh.
nick (the infinite limits of love)


How I adore Miranda Kenneally's Hundred Oaks series! I honestly think she can do no wrong when it comes to these books and with every installment, the series only seems to get stronger and stronger. After 7 books, her writing has become so familiar to me that slipping into Defending Taylor was easy and filled me with warm and fuzzy feelings.

"All my hard work. Years and years of pushing myself. All down the drain, because people never notice good news. They flock to the bad."

I adore ho
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
Jul 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
I never thought there would come a day when I’d get tired of Miranda Kenneally. This book was a boring, hot mess.
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wish there was an option on here that said “don’t show my friends I read this trash book” but alas.
Muse-ic ♬
Insta-love galore.
This book followed the same formula as the previous six, but this one wasn't as good.

Taylor, daughter of Tennessee's Senator Lukens, gets expelled from her fancy schmancy private boarding school due to a drug scandal that wasn't her fault. She was covering for her boyfriend, who was not financially blessed like her and couldn't afford to be kicked out from this boarding school because he'd lose his scholarship. Taylor didn't think she would get expelled because of who h
Eva • All Books Considered
Review originally posted at All Books Considered: 3 STARS

I'm a bit worried -- this used to be one of my all time favorite series but the past two books in it have just been just okay for me. Books 1-5 were five stars for me and just so, so good but I have been a bit underwhelmed by both last year's release and this year's, Defending Taylor. I think what was different for me with this book versus the other books in the series that I loved is that I felt a lack of understanding in the romance
Christy LoveOfBooks

Ah, YA contemporary, what a rocky relationship we’ve had lately. Sometimes we’re on, sometimes we’re off. Thankfully, I know I can depend on Miranda Keanneally to turn me on. Wait, that sounds wrong. Anyway, you know what I mean. I know that I’m going to have a good time when I read one of her books, and Defending Taylor is no exception.

Taylor was on top. She was captain of the soccer team, went to a prestigious boarding school, had great friends, was one of the top students in her class, and ha
Yolanda Sfetsos
I love the Hundred Oaks series, and yesterday I decided it was time to start the next book in the series. So I grabbed my Kindle and got started... less than 24 hours later, I finished it. Because I couldn't put it down.

Taylor comes from a wealthy family. Her father is a senator, both of her siblings are attending good colleges, and she loves her boarding school. But when she covers for her boyfriend when the school finds pills in his backpack, she gets expelled.

Now she finds herself in a public
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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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Hundred Oaks (8 books)
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