Defending Taylor (Hundred Oaks Series #7)

Defending Taylor (Hundred Oaks Series #7)

by Miranda Kenneally


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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:
"A a fun, sexy, suck-me-in read."-Katie McGarry, author of Nowhere But Here and Pushing the Limits
"An absorbing story...highly enjoyable."-Kirkus
"Inspires as it entertains."-Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492630081
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 07/05/2016
Series: Hundred Oaks Series , #7
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 100,003
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: HL670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Growing up in Tennessee, MIRANDA KENNEALLY dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband. Visit

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Defending Taylor 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for this book ever since I found out about it. I bought it the day it was released. It had a different feel then the other books in the series but it was still amazing. You will read about some characters from the other books but realize it doesn't focus on them. Taylor is an amazing character you will learn to love and I am glad to have read this book. I have read all the books in the series. Catching Jordan was the first book I bought on my nook back in 2012. Oh and make to sure to read till the very end of the book. You will be happy. :) DN
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love all the series, I love the author and great storyline. Any teenage girl would love this book and all the series.
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EllenRozek More than 1 year ago
I know that I just mentioned how awesomely sex positive Miranda Kenneally's books are, but I'm going to do it again. Reading about a girl like Taylor as a high school student myself would've been mind-blowing, and I love that this book exists for current and future high school students. Bonus points for characters carving out their own paths, forging healthier relationships with their families even as they're learning to put aside familial expectations, moral dilemmas that aren't easily resolved by the story's end, and a romance that I bought into immediately.
terferj More than 1 year ago
I thought this was an okay book. Nothing like the last two books for me. I just got fed up with Taylor wallowing. Woman up, geez. If you’re going to take the blame on something you didn’t do then own up to it not act like a whiny baby. It was a lot of “I can’t believe they are treating me this way,” “I can’t believe my ex didn’t man up,” “I can’t believe I ruined my dad’s career.” Boo freaking hoo. I guess it bothers me because when I did take the blame for something I didn’t do, I didn’t act like this. I put my big girl panties on and owned it. What I did like was her finding out what she really wants in life, making new friends, making her soccer team a little better, and her relationship with her brother. The best parts were the ones with Ezra. Though he was almost nonexistent in the first half, he totally made up for it in the second half.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book like the way it end
FayTannerr More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting book. Filled with the hardships of meeting expectations, Taylor is not sure what she wants to do with her life except what her parents expect. One mistake changes Taylor's whole life and makes her rethink wants she wants in her future. A cute and simple book that was just great.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
I've been following Miranda Kenneally and the Hundred Oaks series since the very beginning with Catching Jordan. And every time I read the current installment to the series my answer is the same.... "This is my favorite one yet!" And this one is no different! Taylor makes one spur of the moment decision and it changes her entire life around. And not in a good way. She's forced to changes schools and to leave her soccer team and best friends behind. The most unfortunate part is the way she's worked so hard to become the perfect student: Great GPA, Good extra curriculars, and friends with everyone, and then its all for nothing. The only person that seems to understand though, is someone that she'd rather not remember. Ok, I really loved this one. I loved the soccer aspect most. Seeing the competitiveness in Taylor both on the field and in the classroom. I related to her so much because I was an athlete as well as a good student, and it felt great to have this shown in YA. I love to see books with positive female athletes, hence the reason I love Kenneally. I also loved the romance in this one. Defending Taylor has the most smexy times I remember from a Hundred Oaks book! All the other seemed to be tamed and this one showed Kenneally breaking her barriers. I appreciated that she was able to do it tastefully and still made me blush when reading some spots in public. I have to say I loved the romance, but I didn't quite fall for Ezra. I loved what he said and things he did for Taylor, but my favorite Hundred Oaks man is still Jack Goodwin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read, catches readers interest
Ambur More than 1 year ago
I consider myself an avid Miranda Kenneally fangirl, so I really wasn't surprised when I started DEFENDING TAYLOR, got immediately hooked, and ended up absolutely loving it. :P While it wasn't my favourite of the Hundred Oaks books (I think RACING SAVANNAH is still my favourite...with BREATHE ANNIE BREATHE very close behind--and that's if I absolutely have to choose :P), I absolutely adored the story. I also loved the characters! Taylor was a wonderful main character. She was a tad moody, and did make some poor choices, but I loved that she was determined to stick by her choices, and that she was willing to take responsibility and face any and all consequences that came her way. And Ezra...*sigh* I loved Ezra! I also really loved that Taylor and Ezra had a past. It made the dynamics of their relationship really interesting! I also really loved Taylor's relationship with her brother, Oliver! :) As always, I thought it was fantastic getting to see some of the characters from the other books like Annie and Jeremiah, and Savannah and Jack!!!! :D I really loved DEFENDING TAYLOR, and I think that it's an excellent addition to the Hundred Oaks series! If you're just starting the series now, I think it wouldn't hurt to start here, but I do think that you'd appreciate the cameos from the other characters more if you started earlier on in the series--probably at least with Racing Savannah so that you'll be familiar with the characters that make appearances in this one. :) Overall, I would definitely recommend adding this one to your TBR though because it was fantastic! * I received an egalley for DEFENDING TAYLOR from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. * This review also appears on my blog and other social media profiles.
Madison-s_Library More than 1 year ago
Taylor has a new mantra - no more boys. Well, that's not going to work for a contemporary young adult romance, now is it... Equal parts coming of age, self discovery and family relationships, and with a heavy dose of romance, Defending Taylor continues Miranda Kenneally's Hundred Oaks series. Taylor has sworn off boys after taking the fall for her boyfriend. But she never could have predicted just how big the fallout was going to be. Expelled from school, dumped from her soccer team, and the reason her father has dropped in polls during the key time in his political campaign, Taylor is ordered back home where she is to start a new school and hide out until the bad press dies down. But the other girls on Taylor's new soccer team don't seem to want her there and bumping into her older brother's best friend only adds more complications to her already complicated life. Does giving up boys count if it's a guy you fell for years ago? You can hardly blame Taylor for falling again for Ezra, he with the wicked smile, green eyes and construction worker's muscles. And the whole brother's best friend thing usually brings a complication that I enjoy in romances. But their relationship wasn't all that complicated, really. Once Taylor and Ezra reconnect and straighten out the past miscommunications, their relationship develops quickly. As always with Miranda's books, you get a mix of light and steamy romance with heavier topics, which in this book range from drug use and the effect criminal records have on your future, to anxiety and stress, studying too hard, college choices and applications, family, and politics. And, of course, there is the consistent focus on sport, this time soccer. I think Miranda Kenneally's novels are getting steamier and this one certainly ups the sexiness factor. You could almost push this novel into the new adult category and certainly the mature young adult category, with the ages of the main characters, senior in high school and college age respectively, and with the open descriptions of the characters' sexual activities. I didn't love Defending Taylor as much as I have some of Miranda's previous novels. Taylor grated on me at times. I thought she seemed to quietly think that she was better than everyone else. She's certainly outwardly nice to everyone, but seemed a little condescending. She judges her teammates for their soccer and team skills - or lack of them - but doesn't make an effort to be friendly with everyone. She judges people for selling or being addicted to drugs but thinks nothing of taking drugs herself to get through studying. And then she gets all 'don't judge me, don't nag me about my choices', yet won't shut up about Ezra's life and the choices he has made for himself. But these were all little things and only slightly lessened my overall enjoyment of the novel. This whole series is perfect for mature young adult readers who love a good romance story with strong, sporty characters. The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Books-With-Maps More than 1 year ago
I identified and related to this book so hard and on so many levels that I sometimes found it difficult to turn my brain off. Ok. So. While no decent person wishes negativity or hardship on someone (obviously); the teacher in me recognizes the value of mistakes and “failure” and how integral those things are to shaping who we ultimately become. Our mistakes and “failures” big and small, give us grit. They make us have to decide to persevere, and that is SO important. So I really loved Taylor’s journey. I felt for her sooooo much. I just wanted to give her a big hug. She lost her school-where she felt at home, her friends, her feeling of belonging and comfort, her reputation, everything she built at St. Andrew’s, her family’s trust, her soccer team…and had to start over at a new school. Taylor is a soccer fanatic. It’s what she falls into when she needs to escape the pressure. So I totally felt for her when she had to join a new team, and it turned out that that team wasn’t much of a team. It was just like, on top of everything, she couldn’t even have that! So, one soccer player to another….I felt that loss for Taylor. I usually judge characters on how well they illicit emotions from me, and I felt ALL the emotions. I was SO angry at Taylor’s parents and some of their choices…while they were less douchy towards the end, I still wanted to put my cleats on and kick them right smack in the shin bone…multiple times. But I also felt smooshy and fluffy, swooney and steamy, excited and anxious. I can’t get in to a book if I am not engaged in the characters and engaged I was. I adored Ezra. I loved their history and that tension, I loved how they supported each other through the thick of things, how they raised each other up…just all the feels! This story is about a lot of things. It’s about bouncing back and starting over, dealing with insurmountable stress, pressure and expectations, love, friendship, forgiveness, and refusing to let one mistake define you. Defending Taylor exemplifies one of my favorite things about YA: the genre’s ability to weave in and tackle some important topics and issues and wrap them in an ENGAGING package for ALL readers, but especially our younger readers. Miranda Kennealy does this so so well. The amount of pressure and stress kids are under today…it’s a REAL PROBLEM. How Taylor coped with that pressure and stress is a REAL PROBLEM. The teacher and parent in me appreciated Kennealy highlighting these issues, and the reader in me appreciated the engaging, cute, page turny package these issues came in :) Note: I received a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not shape or change my opinion of the book. Thank you Sourcebooks Fire and Netgalley for the review copy!......However, I AM a former middle school teacher, a parent, a complete soccer nut, and a coffee addict, and these things WILL bias my opinion of this book! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was good different from the other books from the series. Plus I wanted more of the Jordan and Henry story at the end :(
DownrightDystopian More than 1 year ago
**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!** Last year I finally read one of Miranda Kenneally's novels and I absolutely loved it. That's why I was so pumped up when I found out that another novel by Kenneally was coming out. Defending Taylor follows Taylor who recently got kicked out of her private school with tons of opportunities because she took the blame for something that her boyfriend did. Of course, nobody knows that she took the blame because everyone believed her when she said that she was using drugs to help her get through studying. Now she's going to Hundred Oaks High and nothing will ever quite be the same. I loved how determined Taylor was. She knew that she wanted to go to Yale and worked hard her whole life. She was very strong with her decisions as well. I also loved that she liked soccer a lot because I also love playing sports. Ezra was a pretty great love interest. Because he was taking a break from Cornell, he seemed like a much older and mature character than Taylor which I liked. He had been through more so I really liked him. I liked how there were snippets of what went on in the past. It wasn't all directly laid out. There were little snippets about Taylor's past, such as the whole situation with her ex-boyfriend, Ben. About that--I still can't believe that Taylor completely took the blame for her boyfriend's drugs just because he was there on a scholarship. He deserved to be reprimanded for what he had done. In the end, I thought that Defending Taylor was an enjoyable book. I'm excited to read even more by Kenneally in the future.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Source: earc from netgalley Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free. I wanted to read this one because I have enjoyed Miranda's other books in this series. I usually like the characters and romance, and hoped this would follow the same pattern. Taylor is new to the high school since she got kicked out of her private school. She worries about grades and college, and losing the approval and support from her parents. She has a hard time fitting in her new school and the soccer team doesn't really feel like a team. She struggles with covering up the lie, and the consequences of both the drug charges and the lie building up everywhere she turns. The romance is nice, Taylor and Ezra has liked each other for a while, but miscommunication and timing has always gotten in their way of becoming more. I liked that they were finally able to talk and work things through then act on their attraction. They were able to encourage the other to figure out what they want as far as college and careers, and pushed the other to go after it. The family aspect was interesting as well. She felt a lot of pressure from her parents, because her dad is in politics and trying to get re-elected. Her getting kicked out of school and the misunderstanding about the prescription pills (not hers) that was in her system and found in her possession does not look good for the presses. But she came to more of an understanding with her parents and siblings, and they all acknowledged how they'd been hurt and worked on their relationship, and that was nice to see. It was a quick read with a nice HEA. Bottom Line: Good read, what I have come to expect from this trilogy.
SJCReviews More than 1 year ago
Taylor has always been a Type A student. Soccer star, student council and on her way to valedictorian when she makes a big mistake and gets kicked out of her prestigious private school. As the daughter of a politician, she has always had to be above reproach and an example to others but when pushed out of her bubble and into public school at Hundred Oaks, Taylor has to start questioning what she wants out of life and who she wants to bring with her into her new world. Within the book, there are no overt villains and no real easy answers to problems. The characters have questions about who they are and are just people just trying to work to understand themselves and their environment. I really like Miranda Kenneally's work. I think she has a way of mixing spare, subtle prose with real issues and problems that never come off as preachy. I enjoy the fact that while all of books have some sort of connection, they never feel forced and a reader can pick up any title without feeling like they have to read all of the book in the series to understand what is going on. I would very much recommend this book. Reviewer received ARC on Netgalley.
SammiiTX More than 1 year ago
The Queen of Contemporary (at least in my world) has done it again. She hit another one out of the park with Defending Taylor. Yes, I realize this was a book about soccer, but I mainly know baseball, not soccer. I read Defending Taylor in about 3 hours because I couldn’t put this freaking book down. It was that good. I haven’t really been in a contemporary mood for the past couple of months, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying Defending Taylor. It took me no time to get immersed into Defending Taylor. Probably about like 10 pages. I just wanted to keep reading and reading it that badly. The thing that I love the most about Miranda’s books are that even though they are in the same world, none of them are the same. Each character that she creates are different and have incredibly different problems from each other. But all of her characters have a humorous touch to them that I love. Some of the scenes in this book, and all her books, have me dying of laughter. Taylor was a little bit annoying. I loved her dedication to working hard, getting good grades, and not using her dads name to get her everywhere in life, but she was a little stubborn and clueless with what she wanted in life. She was so dependent on what her parents wanted and expected her to do that she didn’t even know what she wanted. She also was shunned for making one mistake, but instead of telling her parents the truth, she kept it a secret and of course it blew up on her. (That’s not really a spoiler if you know anything about keeping secrets in a YA book or any book for that matter). I liked her more as the book progressed, but she still annoyed me at the beginning Ezra was awesome. Of course he had his secrets, but he wasn’t afraid to share them, like someone. *cough* Taylor *cough*. He also was just a good guy. He did the right thing and he stood up for what he believed in. Though, he was a little scared of one thing that I wanted him to man up and deal with, but when you have the parents he did, that’s kind of hard. Defending Taylor is the perfect summer read. Unless you’re not excited about going back to school, then don’t read this yet because it is focused on the school year. But, that’s okay as long as you read it! It is worth every second you put into reading it. It is great.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
I love this series (though I've got a few books in the middle to catch up on...) and was thrilled to find out that book 7 was coming out--woot! Needless to say, I jumped right on that ;) Though I definitely didn't agree with all of her choices--but really, who can make good choices right after waking up from a nap?--I really liked Taylor. Her heart was definitely in the right place, even if her head wasn't always. She tried to make the best of a bad situation, and only wallowed a teensy little bit along the way. (Though holy schamoly--the amount of pressure that girl was putting on herself to succeed? Scared the heck out of's lucky a few stimulants were the only thing she used to help cope...not that it was good idea, mind you, but still. It could have been a lot worse.) I enjoyed watching her work through her life to finally figure out what she really wanted from it. And Ezra...sigh. Definitely book boyfriend material (age doesn't matter when we're talking BBs, right?) I really did not expect his big secret to be what it was, and was happy to see how well it explained what he was going through and had done in the past. We got glimpses of several of the former Hundred Oaks MCs--Jack and Savannah, Jeremiah and Annie, and Maya ( Jesse's Girl ) is there in spirit, if not in person. Book 8 is still untitled and has no cover or release date--but still, something to look forward to! And in the meantime, I can get caught up with the rest of the series :) Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
A classic young adult novel, Defending Taylor is so much about figuring our what direction two young people want their life to take and who they want with them in that journey. Flawed and trying so hard to meet other peoples expectations, both Taylor and Ezra look past what they want until things blow up in their face. I loved that this book demonstrates so well the effects of one mistake, one lie. It seems that every other thing a person has ever done is deleted in the moment of a mistake and it's not fair. It's not right. That's the hard lesson that Taylor is learning. But I wonder if she could travel back to that moment in time, if she really would have changed it. Because that one mistake led her to a better choice. Not perfect. Life isn't perfect. No, it led her to something different. This story is certainly a great coming of age kind of tale with some great characters that I loved. Taylor is a great daughter and really a great person. She made a mistake. She chooses to lie. She paid way too much. She learned so much. I admire her determination and her insight about how that one mistake, one lie colored an otherwise spotless record. And then there was Ezra who is facing his own questions about what life has for him. I love that he was making choices to move forward despite a struggle. I loved how his love for Taylor just drips from him. This part of the story is a bit of a second chance story. I enjoyed these two. The story is not all rainbows and unicorns. Lifes not that way. Things don't always work out with everyone getting a good ending. So true to life. But I thought the ending was sweet and wish I could be fly on the wall for a certain spring break. Beautifully written and real to life, this story is about making choices and figuring out who you are while the guy you crushed on for years is doing the same. Great YA for YA.
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed the books in the Hundred Oaks series quite a bit. I've only read a few so far, but I will surely be reading the rest. I love how wonderfully Miranda Kenneally can write about teenagers and their lives. Taylor is an easy character to like and respect. She's extremely hardworking, intelligent, and very well put together. Her family, specifically her parents, had huge dreams for her future. Dreams that she really didn't have a choice but to follow. That is until she makes a mistake that causes her to get booted from her private high school, put into the local public school, with the chance of going to Yale now pretty slim. My favorite part of this story was the romance. Ezra was the perfect book crush. He wasn't only Taylor's brother's best friend, they also basically grew up together. And though they had feelings for each other when they were younger, because of different misunderstandings those feelings were never acted upon. (Yup, second-chance romance right here!!) This story as a whole was very sex-positive, and the sexual scenes were more on the mature side of YA books. Very swoony and sweet, and sometimes super hawt! A very important part of this story was the fact that one mistake can change your entire life. No one is perfect. People make mistakes. Covering for someone and keeping the truth from the people around you can end up causing a lot more pain and problems than if you just tell the truth to begin with. “I’d almost rather be known as a druggie than a snitch. People will forget about pills, but a person’s character isn’t so easily forgotten.” Family was a large part of this story as well. Though I wasn't a huge fan of Taylor's parents, there were some cute father-daughter moments later on in the story. I did really like Taylor's brother, Oliver, who was a great support to Taylor, yet also had honest feelings as well and was hurt by things that occurred. I loved their connection and really appreciated the sibling bonds that were portrayed. Overall, another fantastic read in the Hundred Oaks series! I think I can honestly say this is my favorite so far. If you're looking for a super cute, quick read that's heavy on the swoon moments, this is one you'll want to check out. (Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for the review copy!)
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally Book Seven of the Hundred Oaks series Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Publication Date: July 5, 2016 Rating: 3 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): 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? What I Liked: Hmm. I'm not entirely sure why this book didn't all work for me, but it didn't. Maybe I was expecting so much more from Kenneally - this is my first book of hers that I've read, and I had crazy high expectations. I've seen so many blogging peers rave about her books, so I was hoping to be able to do the same. Overall I enjoyed this book, but I don't think I can give it more than 3.5 stars. Taylor was kicked out of her fancy private school for having Adderall in her possession - but the pills weren't hers. They were her boyfriend's pills (he's now an ex), but she covered for him because he is a poor scholarship kid who needs a clean sheet, and she's a senator's daughter with a perfect record and model student grades/participation. But St. Andrew's kicks her out, and she is now attending Hundred Oaks. She tries to fit in, but even soccer is not the same. The team blindly follows the captain, Nicole, who goes out of her way to make Taylor miserable. The only person that Taylor connects with is Ezra, her older brother's best friend, a boy whom Taylor used to be in love with, when they were younger. But involvement with a boy isn't what Taylor needs right now - or is it? Kenneally captures teens really well, in my opinion. Taylor is an overachiever, with perfect grades, a ton of participation in extracurricular activities, a star on the soccer team. She puts a lot of pressure on herself, to graduate from high school, study business in Yale, and join the family firm when she graduates. I could relate to Taylor on academic levels - I'm not stranger to that kind of pressure, though I'm not a rich senator's daughter. Not all of us can hide under daddy's name, and not all of us have parents who can call in favors at universities, and such. Taylor has it made, has a ton of privileges, and she wastes it. In the next section of my review, you'll see me complain about Taylor's decisions, but I see why Kenneally chose this story. Taylor must learn how to do things without her father's name influencing things. Her father won't put in a good word with Yale (his alma mater) for her. She's no longer at St. Andrew's, so she has to work even harder at a public, easier school, to keep up the high standards she was upholding at St. Andrews. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
ReadingwithErin More than 1 year ago
"I was born with an insane amount of privilege, and I know I'm lucky, but with that privilege comes responsibility to do important things in my life." MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS When Taylor got caught she never thought it would have the consequences that it did. She thought she would be safe because of who her father was, and how much influence he could put on people for certain things to happen. But he didn’t help her this time, because he feels like his children should have to do things the right way and not have him saving them all the time. Because of that everything in Taylor’s life ended up changing. Not only did she have to switch schools, but the disappointment from her family was more than she ever thought it would be. The worst part is she didn’t do anything near as bad as everything thinks she did, but she still did something wrong. So she has to keep lying to protect someone else that she cared for. "I hate that about lies, how you constantly have to stay on your toes. Telling the truth is so much better. It allows freedom." As time went on and Taylor started to settle into her new school, and make friends this book really started to show how confused Taylor was about what to do after high school. She had always been expected to go to Yale and then to work at her grandpa’s business. But she didn’t want to do that, and was very conflicted about that. The good thing though about this was she started to talk to people around her about it and realized that some people that were 40+ still had no idea what they wanted to do with their life and it’s okay to not always have a plan. "It's your life. If you want to live, you need to do what you love." I really wanted to like this book; sadly it ended up just falling flat for me. I didn’t agree with the underage drinking, or the way that it was just tossed around like it was okay to do. I also didn’t like how Taylor just kept lying even as things went on and she really wanted to tell the truth, and the consequences were getting worse the longer the lie went on. The other thing I didn’t like was her relationship with her new boyfriend, it all just seemed rush to me, but that could have been because I haven’t read any of the other books in this series/companion novels. Overall I did think this novel was okay, but it wasn’t what I was hoping it would be. I do think if you’re confused about what to do after high school then this is a good quick read because it talks about other options that are possible and that you don’t always have to know what you are going to do next, as long as you keep working hard. "But should you play a game if you don't know what the prize is? Life is not like The Price Is Right, where they show you three doors and tell you to pick one. The prize might be a new car, but sometimes it's a month's supply of paper towels. What if I pick the wrong thing by going to Yale, majoring in business, getting a job at the family firm, and end up living a miserable life because I did what was expected of me?" Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for an e-arc of the book in exchange for my honest review.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed the rest of Miranda's books, so I requested this without reading the synopsis and bumped it up on the list when some friends were talking it up. I loved Taylor. She's a genuinely good person, who made an honorable choice...and that choice turned out to be the the wrong one. I enjoyed watching her figure things out when everything changed. There's an interesting group of characters here. Of course there's a swoony boy, but I'm not going to spoil Ezra at all. Taylor's siblings were pretty cool and her parents were decent. However, I could have gleeful read a scene where they walked barefoot on Legos. I liked that it felt like we only got snippets of Taylor's life. Maybe it's not supposed to appear that way, but for me it worked. It was an effective way to show how she was more focused on the future, rather than enjoying the people and happenings in the present. Overall, it was a quick and cute read and a story that I'll definitely be adding to the collection. **Huge thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**