Blog Tour: DEFENDING TAYLOR by Miranda Kenneally, Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway
Jul 7th, 2016 by Liza Wiemer

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Defending Taylor

By Miranda Kenneally

July 5, 2016; Tradepaper, ISBN 9781492630081

Praise for Defending Taylor

“I can’t quite put my finger on what is so enthralling about Kenneally’s newest novel, but it totally sucked me in. I loved that Kenneally didn’t go with an easy, traditional happy-go-lucky ending. I also enjoyed the flawed nature of the characters, which made them feel more relatable. This is a great summer read and my favorite novel by Kenneally so far!” –RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

Summary:Defending Taylor Cover

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?

My review:

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I really loved the chemistry between Taylor and Ezra! This novel does a great job of sending a message about protecting your friends and what it might cost you. Living life and setting personal goals based on your passions instead of trying to please others, like parents, is a major theme of this novel. Friendship, teamwork and soccer, mean girls, family, relationships and making choices all interweave together in a wonderful, heartfelt, fast-reading YA contemporary with plenty of swoony scenes that will leave you smiling!

A perfect novel for anyone who loves YA contemporary novels.
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Modeling Integrity

Ezra is at the sugar station, pouring half-­and-­half into a steaming cup of coffee. The sight of him turns my knees to JELL-­O. Dark, cropped hair. Serious green eyes that glance away from mine to make sure his coffee isn’t overflowing. The way he licks his lower lip when he’s concentrating. I’ve rarely seen Ezra out of a white button-­down Oxford shirt, khakis, and blue plaid tie, which is the dress code for guys at St. Andrew’s. Now he’s wearing holey jeans spotted with paint and a bright-­white T-­shirt that is magnified by his warm tan. He’s carrying a construction helmet under his muscled arm.

“What are you wearing?” I blurt.

His cheeks flush at my outburst. “What are you wearing? Where’s your uniform?”

I look down at my jeans and cardigan. It’s been weird trying to figure out what to wear—­I’ve never had to pick out school clothes before. I own one pair of jeans, because when I’m not at school or soccer practice, I wear dresses and skirts to parties and political events.

“I don’t need the uniform anymore,” I finally reply.

“But you’re a senior.”

“I am, but I’m going to Hundred Oaks now…”

His eyes go wide. “Why?”

“You don’t know?”

“Should I?”

“I figured everybody knew. I bet the guys on the International Space Station even know.” Ezra’s face is blank. “It was all over Facebook,” I tell him.

“I didn’t see anything, I guess,” he says quietly. This is not a surprise to me. He doesn’t have a Tumblr or Twitter account. He never posts anything on Facebook. At least not in the past several months. Not that I noticed or anything. I’m no stalker. Well, not all the time.

It’s weird that he’s never online. My brother’s phone is practically fused to his fingers.

“Are you home for fall break already?” I ask.

He rubs the back of his neck, meeting my eyes for a long moment, and just as I’m asking why he’s holding a construction hat—­“Isn’t it a little early for Halloween?”—­an older man dressed in a T-­shirt and dirty jeans comes into the diner and waves at him.

“Ezra, man, let’s go!”

“Take care, Tease,” he says, then hurries out the door and jumps into a truck with a construction logo on the side. As they drive away, he stares at me through the window.

Okay. So that was weird.



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Miranda Kenneally

Miranda Kenneally

About the Author:

Growing up in Tennessee, MIRANDA KENNEALLY dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband. Visit mirandakenneally.com

Social Media Links:

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Tour Schedule:

Week 1:

6/27: Bookiemoji

6/28: YA Bibliophile

6/29: Lost In Lit

6/30: A Backwards Story

7/1: Swoony Boys Podcast

Week 2:

7/4: Andi’s ABCs

7/5: Undeniably Book Nerdy

7/6: Jenuine Cupcakes

7/7: Who R U Blog

7/8: Stuck In Books


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