Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Teaser Tuesday: Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally.

Jesse’s Girl –
Sourcebooks Fire

That’s when I remember to check my cell—I don’t think I’ve ever gone so long without checking it—and discover four missed calls from the school number I dialed earlier, two missed calls from my mother, a text from Dad telling me I’m grounded (I wasn’t aware he knew how to send texts), ten texts from my brother demanding an explanation for why I went off the grid on shadow day, and one from Jordan telling me to disregard everything my brother says and enjoy myself.
— Chapter 6

Family can’t always help fix a difficult situation, and everybody makes mistakes. We shouldn’t expect perfect. But we can hope that the people we love love us enough to try to make it right.
— Chapter 15

Sometimes you just need to listen to some good old country music to relax to ... or at least read about it and a girl who is decidedly not into this music, but still falls for the prince of country. Reluctantly. Very reluctantly. And in case you haven’t heard of the song this title alludes to, you should check it out. I won’t judge you if you prefer the version made popular by Glee a while back. What is great about Miranda Kenneally’s series is that you don’t necessarily have to read the books as a series, but if you read all of them you get to check in with beloved characters from earlier books. In this case we get to see Jordan and Sam again and I adored catching a glimpse of their matured but certainly not entirely mature relationship. And still this doesn’t take away from the two new main characters at all and I have to say that I loved that the focus was on something other than sport for a change but still heavily on the realising and following one’s dream ... all in the course over falling in love, of course. I appreciated Maya’s attitude of wanting to make it on her own, but finding the strength to rely on her support system. And her determination to in a way save Jesse from himself and the ideals he was chasing.
A very sweet read that rings true and authentic in its character development (even if in some instances forgiveness seems to come too easily, but one girl can only bear so much drama over the course of one book). I recommend this with a good bowl of ice-cream and a shadowy place beneath a tree on a hot summer day.And now I want a friend like Dave ... and Casper, the cat. (Great, I’ll be the cat lady Maya has now avoided becoming ...)

What do you think about same universe but not quite sequels book series? Love to stay in the familiar environment with cameos of former main characters or would you rather not look at them? Share opinions and teasers in the comments!

10 comments:

Maryna Kohler said...

Interesting Teaser! Check out My Teaser taken from Rowdy By Jay Crownover

Jenn Valmonte said...

That chapter 15 teaser is beautiful!

My teaser is HERE.

Sherry Fundin said...

I love stand alone series. Even though I prefer to read them beginning to end, sometimes it just doesn't happen that way.

sherry @ fundinmental My TT

Nadene Reynolds said...

Love the one from chapter 15. Here is mine
http://totallyaddictedtoreading.blogspot.com/2015/08/teaser-tuesday-22.html?zx=67b31af5feeb01d9

Chippyminton13 said...

The teaser makes me wonder just how long she had gone without checking her phone.

Chippy

Kathy Martin said...

This sounds good. I liked the original song and am curious about this book too. My YA teaser this week comes from Fairest by Marissa Meyer. Happy reading!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

This sounds like a sweet romance series that I'd enjoy. I like the reference to family helping out in a difficult situation.
My Tuesday post features THE LAND OF MANGO SUNSETS.

Literary Feline said...

I enjoy series like this, with each being a stand alone. It makes it easy to jump in anywhere and not feel lost. And I do like running into old familiar characters now and then. :-)

I am not sure this book is for me, but I do like the teaser.

Here's mine: http://www.literaryfeline.com/2015/08/where-is-your-bookmark-08112015.html

Tribute Books Mama said...

Good teaser!

HeatherAnne Norbury said...

I like series but sometimes you feel like you have to commit to the whole thing if you start one. These series where they are connected but can stand alone are nice. I like them.

My teaser this week is from a Disney retelling of Aladdin - not sure about it but it's where my bookmark is so it's where my teaser came from: http://www.foofynotfoofy.com/foofynotfoofy/2015/8/11/teaser-tuesday-a-whole-new-world-by-liz-braswell

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