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. (Maya’s band recently dumped her, and she has intense stage fright.) 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. Agent: Sara Megibow, KT Literary Agency. (July)
Reviewed on: 06/22/2015 Release date: 07/01/2015 Genre: Children's
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