Published by Sourcebooks Fire on July 5th 2016
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Series: Hundred Oaks
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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?
Fans of the Hundred Oaks Series will enjoy Defending Taylor – Kenneally stays true to her story arcs; with a strong female lead overcoming obstacles in her life, with a little bit of romance thrown into the mix.
Taylor is the perfect daughter, student, girlfriend – until, she steps in for her boyfriend and everything in her life changes. She makes one mistake and is used as an example. Instead of the easy punishment Taylor thinks she will receive for her first mistake, she is expelled from her prestigious boarding school and sent back to Hundred Oak to attend public school. Like with all of Kenneally’s book we will see past characters and glimpses of their life.
Taylor has a lot of resentment; for her parents, ex boyfriend, friends and siblings and she will use her love for soccer and an old friend to help her come to terms with her mistake and making it work. This book seemed to lead toward more darker issues that previous books -I am really enjoying seeing Kenneally step out of the comfort zone and delve deeper into issues teens are facing today.