Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Title: Catching Jordan
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Source: Purchased
Genre: Young Adult
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Caution: May contain spoilers

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 now there's a new guy in town who threatens her starting position... suddenly she's hoping he'll see her as more than just a teammate.
 ~synopsis from Goodreads

My Thoughts:

First time I saw this book, I knew I would love it. Tough football chick plus football guys? Yes, please. When it comes to sports, in general I’m not that into any of them. One of them I do enjoy on occasion is football. I will watch some games, sometimes toss a football around with my brother and his friends. That’s about the extent of it. My familiarity with it helped out quite a bit when it came to understanding most of the football references.

Jordan Woods is a pretty amazing girl, as female protagonists go. She’s strong and she can stand up for herself. When it came to guys, however, she was oblivious to them, until she sees Ty. Then she doesn’t know what to do with herself. Not to the point where she can’t function, just that she’s lost and confused. Once she gets a little kick from her teammates, she dives in.

Not so fast… then she discovers something about one of her teammates, Sam Henry. He’s in love with her. He’s been in love with her forever. Funny thing is, FROM THE BEGINNING I was rooting for him, even BEFORE Ty came along. I would read all these memories of him, the way they interact, and I was flipping swooning like madness over Henry. And then she falls for Ty. And I’m confused. Because Ty seems really nice and sweet and special. Then I’m irritated momentarily.

The guys she’s around all the time are surprisingly pretty great guys. You’d think they’d be complete jerks, and while some may not have characteristics that are appealing (I mean, they are still guys), they’re still pretty nice. Especially when it comes to protecting Jordan. She may not be the type of girl who needs protecting, but they still make sure she’s taken care of. Which is completely awesome. I just wanted to hug them all.

The whole love triangle aspect of the book isn’t half bad. For the first half, you find yourself a bit flustered at the events that come about. You feel for both Ty and Henry. During the second half, true colors come through and there is no doubt in your mind who is the one.

Catching Jordan was a great book. Really great. I fell in love with Henry. The sleepover thing was the most adorable aspect of this book. Completely not stalker-y like some people think with Edward Cullen. And even though Jordan is stubborn and confused, she pulls through in her own powerful way by the end. Miranda Kenneally has debuted with a brilliant young adult novel. I cannot wait for her next book, which is coming out later this year.

My Rating:

Exceptional: Stay up until at least 1 AM


  1. I've been meaning to read this one for the longest time. Even though I'm a big klutz as well. I love that Jordan's team mates are great guys. I've grown up with a lot of male friends and even though they can be aggravating, I wouldn't give that up for the world. It's nice when they're portrayed as decent people.

    1. Definitely! So many times groups of guys are shown as players, it's nice when the author shows that there's more to them than just girls. :)

  2. I don't know why I havent read this one yet, being such a tom boy and huge into football! *dashes off to download*

  3. I've seen this one around but I just keep ignoring it. Maybe I'll give it a go. You make it sound like fun. I love a YA love triangle that actually works!

    1. It has a nice fun element to it, and a good love triangle, which wasn't expected when I started it, but still worked. :)

  4. Wait wait, wait, hold the phone. THERE'S A CHARACTER CALLED SAM?! AND ONE CALLED TY? Does Miranda just know those are two of my favorite names EVER? *swoons* Man, I have got to read this book, soon. I'm thrilled that you liked it, Jess! It just seems like it's going to be a winner with me, because like you, the premise really appeals to me! YA needs strong, kick-ass heroines!

    1. Heck yes! YA needs strong heroines! What's funny is that thru most of the book she refers to him by his last name, I almost forgot his first name was Sam, lol. I'm so glad you're going to read it, you will love it. :)


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