Series: Hundred Oaks
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on July 5th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Romance, Young Adult
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?
Taylor is an ambitious senior, captain of the soccer team, straight A student with her eye on Yale, she does everything that is expected of a senator’s daughter. Then she makes one big mistake which costs her family’s reputation. With one little lie, her perfect life unravels and she must start over at public school at Hundred Oaks High.
I pretty much devoured this in one sitting. Being in a reading slump is hard and having a cute contemporary like this is just perfect. I didn’t pay attention to the synopsis and I judged solely on the cover. Thought it would be another cute sports read but imagine my suspense when it was more about living a normal life versus living a political life. The cover should change to include their political lifestyle because soccer is definitely not the focus, but that’s just me.
I liked this one a lot. It shows how much one is willing to protect someone they love and sacrificing yourself in the process is a mistake, but that’s how you learn. Taylor is the most level headed teenager but of course she’s not perfect and ends up messing up badly. I also how town up she is between her passions for life versus her family’s obligations. Must be hard trying to be perfect in the media’s eye when your own father is a state senator. I love how even the side characters get a little bit of back-story and their own distinct personalities that make it memorable. There was one scene with Taylor and her father that was just wonderful. I love that her father instilled an ambitious yet disclosures work ethic. I kept nodding along at everything he said, except when he did a pretty shady thing with his relelection commercial. Then there’s the love interest Ezra. What didn’t really make any sense was why they didn’t get together in the first place because his reasoning and her assumptions were weak. I just didn’t buy the fact that she held this mistake over Ezra for so long, but okay not every character is perfect. I liked Ezra (and his amazing gift giving skills) but I didn’t like how Ezra nicknames her “Tease.”
With more appearances from fellow Hundred Oaks characters, and a cute contemporary romance to boot, Defending Taylor will give you everything you need for a summer read!