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
In Kenneally s (Breathe, Annie, Breathe) breezy romance, 17-year-old Maya Henry a self-taught, 1980s-obsessed musician gets a rare opportunity. As part of her school s career day, Maya is sent to shadow Jesse Scott, a wildly successful Nashville country singer, whose uncle happens to be her school principal. Though Maya isn t a country fan, she used to have a poster of Jesse hanging in her bedroom, and she hopes that he may be able to help her career. Jesse s defensive, stuck-up attitude initially turns her off, but he has his reasons: he feels isolated in his celebrity and has become distrustful of other people s intentions. Despite a rocky introduction, they quickly fall in love, surprising and pushing each other to become better artists and people. Kenneally s story about following one s dreams inspires as it entertains. The characters musical passions and search for belonging are believable, while readers should get a vicarious thrill from watching Maya get to know a dreamy music star for who he really is. Ages 14 up.
Jessie's Girl Rick Springfield
The first thing I thought of. 🎶I wish that I had Jessie’s girl, where can I find a woman like that?🎶
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.
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!!!