Defending Taylor

 

Title: Defending Taylor 
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Published: July 5, 2016
Format: e-ARC
My Rating: 3.5 stars/5

Synopsis: 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?


My thoughts from the Vault

Disclaimer: I received this novel in exchange for an honest review and this in no way affects my opinion of the book.

Taylor has everything going for her. Co-captain of the soccer team, going to a great school to get her ready for Yale. As the senators daughter, she strives to be the best that she can be. Things take a turn when she makes one impulsive decision to cover for her boyfriend, causing her lose everything. Starting over at Hundred Oaks High will not be easy, but she needs to get herself back on track.

I thought this novel was cute and I enjoyed reading it so much that it only took me a day to read. It was very interesting to read the way Taylor dealt with the aftermath of her decision to cover for her boyfriend and her decisions afterwards to keep that decision a secret. It is not something that is thought about often, but this book serves as a reminder of how far some are willing to go for the ones they love.

I liked the characters of Taylor and Ezra and enjoyed their interactions together. Ben however, I greatly disliked. I hated the position he put Taylor in and the way he continued to allow her to be in that position. I equally enjoyed the interactions Taylor had with her dad as they were very cute and went to prove how much he really did care for her and pushed her to strive to be her very best.

As I used to play soccer, I enjoyed that aspect of the story and seeing Taylor interact with her new teammates, however I do think we could have done with a bit more of the soccer since it was mostly all that she talked and thought about.

Overall this was a cute read and I enjoyed it and I will be thinking about adding more Miranda Kenneally to my TBR.

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