Jesse’s Girl

Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre:  Contemporary Young Adult                           jesse's girl
Source: Edelweiss

Publication Date: July 1, 2015

 

 

Goodreads:  Practice Makes Perfect.

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 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?

Ope’s Opinion:  I have read a Miranda Kenneally book before.  I really think she does a good job of writing from a young adults point of view.  I like how slow Jesse and Maya took their relationship.  They took time to know each other before the physical part started.

I loved watching Maya chase her dream of singing.  It was a great idea to have her follow someone who is already there.  It was good to see the positive and negative sides of the industry.  I actually think the shadow program should be put into the school systems.  It is an awesome idea to help students see what a job is really all about.

I like how involved Maya’s family is with her music.  They are very supportive.  It is great to see a story about teens that includes a positive family.  I like how protective her brother is of her.

This is a good read – definitely would recommend it to young adult readers.

Rating:  Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share with it.

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Breathe, Annie, Breathe

Author:  Miranda Kenneally                           Breathe
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
Source:  BEA

 

Available to buy tomorrow.

 

Goodreads:   Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

Ope’s Opinion:  This book flowed like Annie’s running.  It started out slow with a few bumps and continued to get stronger and move faster.  You can read a lot of metaphors in the book about life and running or you can just enjoy the story.  It works really well either way.

Everyone deals with loss in their own way and in their own timing.  I think Annie is very mature for her age and handles her loss in a positive way.  It was fascinating to watch her become stronger in her running and her spirit at the same time.  It felt like a realistic pace of healing her heart so she could be open to someone new.

This is the first book in this series I have read. Now I want to go back and read all the other  books Miranda Kenneally wrote!  I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

This would have been a five chair, but the details of the sexual scenes were not necessary – especially for a young teen reader.

Rating: Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.
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Coming Soon …..

…. On a Bookshelf near you!

This what I hope I find myself reading in July!

breathe

Publication Date:  July 15, 2014
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire

Goodreads:  Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

“Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. It gave me so many feels. Her best book yet.” — Jennifer Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You

What is coming soon …. to a bookshelf near you?

Let me know – I am always looking for a good read!