Anyway, Defending Taylor follows protagonist Taylor (shocker) as she is forced to move to a new school where she has no friends all because of a white lie she told to protect someone close to her. Not only is she humiliated, the one thing she could always turn to for comfort, soccer, is even a bit ruined for her. After all, the Hundred Oaks' team used to be her rivals. Now they were supposed to be her teammates.
There were not many things I could connect with Taylor about, one of the things I could understand is how she pushes herself to have perfect grades and a good transcript. I, too, am constantly worrying about my grades and how everything will look for a future college to see. (Ask my friends, they are definitely getting annoyed with it by now.) Also, Taylor and I share a love for animals.
The love interest in this book is Ezra, her brother's best friend. I found Ezra to be sweet. He seemed like a really great guy who genuinely cared for those around him. One of my favorite things about Miranda's books are her character's back stories and flaws. Ezra is one of those characters that I enjoyed finding out more about.
I also appreciated seeing the dynamic between Taylor and her family. It's been a while since I read Racing Savannah, so I completely forgot that it was Taylor's sister that Jack had been dating until it was mentioned later in the book.
Sorry for another short review, I just don't really have much to say about this book without spoiling anything. The fun about romance books isn't usually the end-- you usually know how that'll end-- it's the journey there. I can tell you, this book is definitely a fun, cute read. I really appreciated the Game of Thrones references thrown in as well.
Honestly, my biggest problem with the story was something very minor-- I DID NOT GET TO SEE JORDAN AND ______ AND PARKER AND _________. They're my faves and I was very sad not to see them. Sorry, I had to leave blanks at the partners in case y'all hadn't read those books yet. If you haven't, I highly encourage you to. They're so cute, and make my heart jump in happiness every time I reread them, which is often.
The relationships between the characters was great, too. I especially loved Taylor's relationship with her two best friends, it felt real and I appreciated that.
I just want to mention one last thing-- the gifts Ezra gets for Taylor are great. Especially the last one he gets her. :)
Anyway, I'm giving Defending Taylor 7.8/10 stars. It was a cute read, just what I was expecting out of it. I was not disappointed.
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?