Review * Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

July 26, 2012 Reviews 8 ★★★★★

Review * Catching Jordan by Miranda KenneallyCatching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on December 1, 2011
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 281
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Stealing Parker, Things I Can't Forget, Breathe, Annie, Breathe, Jesse's Girl
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What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she's ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he's also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan's feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart's on the line?

What I Thought…

  • I do not know what took me so long to read this book!  I picked it up several months ago because it sounded like the perfect book for me.  Romance + Football = yes, please!  Only, I put it on my shelf and didn’t glance at it again.  Then Jen Ryland/YA Romantics did a post “Why I didn’t read this sooner?” and Catching Jordan was one of the featured books so I took it off the shelf and devoured it in two sittings.
  • I love football, but you don’t have to like football to like Catching Jordan.  It’s not overloaded with football terms and it’s really more about Jordan finding herself than anything else.
  • I was pleasantly surprised to find that Catching Jordan is more than just a cute and fun read.
  • Jordan is fantastic!  She was so much fun.  Even though she was this great high school QB she was struggling with getting in to the college she wanted, the fact that her very important father didn’t have any faith in her, and of course, the new guy.  Jordan learns quite a few lessons her senior year in high school.
  • I didn’t like Ty at all.  I know that he had some issues and that’s why he moved but I didn’t like the way he treated Jordan.  He was also needy and controlling and just an unlikeable kind of guy.
  • I loved Jordan’s BFF Henry.  Henry spent a lot of time at Jordan’s house and was basically a member of her family.  It broke my heart when they were fighting.
  • I liked Jordan’s other friends as well, even if some of them were total players (and not in the football sense).  They were fun and they all took care of each other.
  • Catching Jordan also deals with the situation of girls in male sports.  This can be a difficult and touchy subject and I loved the way Kenneally dealt with it.  Jordan’s strength and determination really came through, but so did the realities of what a girl playing football would have to go through to get into a Division 1A college and what they are up against (which is obviously a lot).

Overall I really, really enjoyed Catching Jordan.


8 Responses to “Review * Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally”

  1. fakesteph

    I was planning on passing on this one, but maybe now I’ll borrow it from you. :) Glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    I have never been interested in this one because I’m not a fan of football (unless OK State is playing–maybe I’ll watch it then), and until recently I didn’t really love contemporaries. But I did read that post by Jen Ryland and now that you loved it too I’ve added it to my TBR list. Great review, Kim!

  3. Bittner

    I’m more of a baseball kind of girl, when I do watch sports that is. I’m sure I would like this one, I’m just not sure when I would ever be able to get around to it. I’m really glad you finally got to read it though and I’m glad you liked it so much!

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      Baseball?? And you live in Oklaholma?? Isn’t OK a football state? What happened?

      Just kidding. It was a cute read, but I totaly understand not getting to it because there are just so many books!

  4. Jen Ryland/YA Romantics

    Ahhh!!! So glad you liked this book and thanks so much for mentioning me.

    I think football is one of the most boring things in the entire universe but I loved this book SO much. I loved Jordan and Henry’s friendship, loved the way the guys on Jordan’s team both respected her and looked out for her, loved her family….. I just loved everything about this book. It was just an amazing story about being true to yourself.