Review: Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally

by Jac on July 3, 2016

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Defending Taylor by Miranda KenneallyDefending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on 2016-07-05
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Romance, Soccer, Social Themes, Sports & Recreation, Young Adult Fiction
Pages: 304
Source: Netgalley
There are no mistakes in love.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, and now she's starting over at Hundred Oaks High.Soccer has always been Taylor's escape from the pressures of school and family, but it's hard to fit in and play on a team that used to be her rival. The only person who seems to understand all that she's going through is her older brother's best friend, Ezra. Taylor's had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. But it's hard to trust after having been betrayed. Will Taylor repeat her past mistakes or can she score a fresh start?Praise for Jesse's Girl:

Hundred Oaks is one of my favorite fictional places!! I have loved spending time there since I first read Catching Jordan back in 2011! This trip back to my favorite fictional world was well worth the wait for this newest book!!

Taylor is the daughter of a state senator and she has it all! (Unfortunately, it’s all coming crumbling down around her when she covers for her boyfriend! She’s kicked out of her private school, and mom and dad aren’t taking too kindly to the way this is reflecting on them amidst the upcoming election.)

Her brothers best friend, Ezra, has shown up in her hometown about the same time. (I always love a good “Brothers best friend” plot!!)

There were definite moments where I wanted to smack Taylor. She made some really boneheaded mistakes in this book. But, one of the things I love about reading YA is that it took me right back to that time in my life and some of the bone-headed things I did. I could really empathize with her and some of the decisions she made. (I was the kid who would take the fall to save a friend, so I really felt for her.)

This is, as always, a great coming of age story and fans of Miranda Kenneally will not be disappointed!


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