Adult Contemporary · Blitz/Tours

Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally

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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?

Personal Thoughts

              Received an ARC from Netgalley for an Honest Review 
What would you do to cover for someone? How long would you allow the lies to build up and up until it came crashing down? What would you do for Love?

Taylor is in her senior year and is starting a new school. Not by choice. She thought no matter what happened her Dad, Tennessee’s Senator, would bail her out. Well she was wrong. Now she must face the consequences. First changing schools, which means: No more captain of her score team, no more boyfriend, no more her best friends, no more spending time with the dorm’s pet dog. Now she must start all over. How will be able to get into college, let alone Yale. Yale, the legacy she is supposed to follow. How will she get through it?

First, I love soccer, so that already won me over when I found this book on Netgalley. Then you have a coming-of-age story with a girl that is just trying to make everyone happy. Problem is you can only make other people happy for so long. My sister and I had a conversation about this. She said, “You are not Pizza.” I was like “what the heck does that mean.” According to her, “Pizza is the one thing that everyone can agree on and can make everyone happy.” I started laughing because of how true that is. Who doesn’t like/love pizza?

   So what I would say to Taylor, “You are not Pizza.”

Taylor can’t always make her friends happy, her siblings, her parents, her school, her dad’s campaign team, and the state of Tennessee. Every time you try to make someone else happy and not keep to who you genuinely are, you being to lose a parts of yourself; and that is what happened.

Taylor didn’t even know she lost herself. The one person that helped her find who she was again, was Ezra – her older brother’s best friend. Ezra is back from Cornell and is working in town. Taylor has had a crush on him for years and now is in desperate need of someone to talk to. Ezra becomes her rock and comfort. I love their relationship. It isn’t perfect. It is kind of messy, because of past experiences, but it is real. Taylor is holding a secret from everyone including Ezra. A secret that has ruined her life and the life her family has built. Is keeping the secret worth it? Was trying to help one person worth running the lives of many others?

A few themes that are mentioned in the book, that Taylor needs to learn is…
1) Lying always comes back and bites you in the butt.

2) Your future is up to you. No one else is going to have to live with your future except yourself. Better pick something you want to do that makes you happy.

3) Being a leader, doesn’t mean being the one in charge.

4) Taking responsibility for your own choices and consequences.

5)
if you want something be strong and brave enough to go after it for yourself. 

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Character inspiration of Taylor
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Character inspiration of Ezra
Do I recommend this story?
Yes I do.
Did I enjoy it? 
I Did!
So should you buy it? 
Yeah. 
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