Defending Taylor – Miranda Kenneally

Synopsis

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?

Review

This book was sweet, but standard Kenneally fare. I couldn’t sympathize much with Taylor. She was mindless in her “selflessness,” and made herself somewhat of an unnecessary martyr.

I don’t think I enjoy reading about super rich people and their first-class first-world problems. Seriously, some of these people are ridiculous. Set your children up for success! Don’t give them up to the press! Seriously, some of these people were awful.

I really enjoyed Taylor’s siblings. Oliver was particularly fun and carefree. I would love to read more about him. Or even Jenna — sometimes you have to wonder how people end up so wily.

At any rate, it saddened me that Taylor’s motives were fuelled by so much external pressure. I wish this book was about someone of her status, but primarily fuelled by some sort of ambition. Do the “consequences” of your actions matter if you don’t care about what you’re being punished from?

A lot of the characters did senseless things. The romance with Ezra was cute, but felt like someone living out their childhood dream. It didn’t feel organic… but perhaps it was inevitable.

Related Reading

  • The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) – Amy Spalding
  • The Start of Me and You – Emery Lord
  • Racing Savannah – Miranda Kenneally

Rating: 3/5

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