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Defending Taylor

Defending Taylor
Miranda Kenneally
Sourcebooks Fire, 2016
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
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?

Miranda Kenneally did it again! I loved this Hundred Oaks book just as much as the others. In Defending Taylor, Taylor made a big mistake and had to face the consequences. Her poor choice affected everything she was working towards, and she had to start over at a new school in a different town. Adjusting was tough for Taylor. For example, she went from captain of a serious soccer team to a regular player (that no one liked) on a so-so, uncommitted team. It must have been frustrating for her to be a leader with no one to lead. Her character definitely grew throughout the story, and the romance did not disappoint. One of my favorite things about all of the Hundred Oaks books was seeing the cameos by other characters from previous books, and it makes me want to go back and read them all.