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?
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary
Rate: 4 stars
I did not start reading the Hundred Oaks series until this summer. I just always assumed I would not like the books. Then one day I decided to read Catching Jordan, and I could not put it down, next thing I know I am done the first six books in the series within a couple of weeks. After writing my post about books I still haven’t read I decided to go ahead and read Defending Taylor, and was I the only one getting The Wrong Side of Right flashbacks?… but in a good way, of course.
I should say that it was not in any way identical to The Wrong Side of Right, which is one of my favorite books. Both books had a father running for election for some government position and both had a daughter who managed to mess things up somehow . For some reason I love books that have fathers or other family members working in government because I feel as if it creates another set of issues that does not include boy problems.
When you think about Miranda Keneally’s books it might seem as if all the books are about falling for a guy in high school (seriously what is in that schools water??) but I liked this book because it dealt with issues like family and life choices. One down fall was that it only touched on the drug issue. I would have liked it to delve further into that topic, but I do not think that was what Keneally wanted. Taylor’s family also was not my favorite part of this book because I felt they were putting to much pressure on a seventeen year old. AND the romance might have gone a little to fast for me, I felt that there was not enough build up. I do have mixed feelings on that though because some books also have the opposite problem where the book just ends right when they get together and I am left wanting to know more.
So by that last paragraph you might be questioning if I actually liked the book, but I did. The flaws in this book were not big enough for me to want to stop reading or label it as my least favorite book in the series. I do not think out of all these books I have a least favorite! This book makes you think about your choices and aspirations in life and choosing to do something different with your future. Oh, and lets not forget about the cute romance that Keneally always includes.
Those of you who loved Catching Jordan but have chose not read this…. CHANGE YOUR MIND because there may or may not be a really short story about Jordan in the back of the book….. (if that does not change your mind then I do not know what else to tell you)