Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: December 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Buy: Amazon | B & N | Indiebound | iBookstore

ONE OF THE BOYS

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 Greeen 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? (Goodreads)

Guest review by Anne:

I have been on the waiting list for this book at my library for 3 months – I was so excited when I finally got to read it. I really loved the premise of this book, an athletic girl that can hold her own in the competitive world of high school football. As a main character, Jordan Woods, was not your typical high school female, she was feisty, assertive, and emotion free – until her spot on the team was threatened. The author did a nice job of writing Jordan, the reader felt connected, even when Jordan herself didn’t know what she should be thinking.

The two characters, Sam Henry & Ty, were well written, however I spent a good amount of time trying to figure out what I was supposed to be feeling about them. Ty was gorgeous, athletic, and a very talented football player. Sam Henry was the best friend, a great wide receiver, and a ladies’ man. Jordan was caught between a boyfriend and a best friend, a rock and a hard place. The tension between the three characters was interesting and page turning.

The plot of this book was a little predictable initially, however became more original as the story progresses. In some places of the book, I found myself rereading because some rather important details happened in a quick sentence or just a few words. I would have liked the author to have spent a little more time writing these areas of the story, mainly to help with the flow of the story.

I really liked the story and characters, as well as the element of highly competitive football. The relationships between the characters were frustrating at times and as a reader I was little confused on how I should be feeling. However, I did really like the ending of this story. It wrapped up the loose emotional ends and left me with a smile on my face.

Jen’s thoughts: 

I read this after Anne, and thought it’d be fun to add my thoughts to her guest review post, like a 2 in 1 review! This review is long overdue, embarrassingly,  Anne sent me her review months ago! The tour for Stealing Parker made me realize that I hadn’t posted this yet… 

I love that Catching Jordan is a story about a girl who loves football, and that Jordan is her high school team’s quarterback and captain. She’s a leader trying to navigate a man’s world and fall in love. I rooted for her from the very start! I’m a sucker for childhood friendships that could potentially become more, so I ate up the friendship between Jordan and Henry. Though I wanted to strangle Sam Henry at times for all his shenanigans. Catching Jordan‘s premise was so different from anything I’d read at the time, that it was fresh to read! I really enjoyed this debut by Miranda Kenneally, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the companion novels in the series!

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8 Responses to Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

  1. […] Parker takes place at Hundred Oaks High School, the same setting as Kenneally’s first novel Catching Jordan (click link for my review), except instead of football it’s about softball/baseball. I grew up […]

  2. kimbacaffeinate
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    This sounds like a great read, and i love a girl who is passionate about football!
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    I would really like to read this.. Thank you sharing it…

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