Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Paperback, 281 pages
Published: Dec. 1st, 2011 by Source Books Fire
Source: Borrowed
“Whoever said football and girls don’t mix hasn’t read Catching Jordan. I couldn’t put it down ” — Simone Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series


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?

“A beautiful novel with a real and captivating depiction of high school relationships, Catching Jordan shows the same reverence for the human heart that it does for the game of football.” –Karsten Knight, author of Wildefire

I have only heard good things about this book but I still harbored some concerns about the football theme.  I am as far from a sports fan as a person can get.  But it wasn’t really an issue.  Maybe the football stuff went over my head, but it was just brief bits here and there.  What I really loved was the characters and the relationships between all of them.

Jordan was definitely a different sort of character and I don’t think I’ve ever read a character that was anything like her.  She’s very much a tomboy and is very obsessed with football and is driven in knowing what she wants and that’s to play college ball.  She’s  very determined to not let anyone or anything get in the way of her dreams.  Jordan is a large character in that she has a strong personality that really shows.  I mean, you really get a good feel for her through her inner voice and her actions.  She was very enjoyable to read about.

I really loved the interactions and the closeness she has with her team-members.  She really is very much like one of the guys and they are very accepting of her.  They are protective of her as well and that shows you that they do still realize she’s a girl and more of that comes out through the book as the romance begins to happen.  More of that in a moment though.

My favorite character was Henry.  Sam Henry is Jordan’s best friend.  He stays over at her house and they even sleep in the same bed.  (Though head to foot rather than head to head.)  They are the kind of best friends we can only hope to read about.  And while there are issues between them later on, the way we see their friendship is just melts your heart.  I loved it!

Jordan’s family relationships is another aspect I loved.  She has a very supportive and ‘there’ mother who attends every practice and always has Jordan’s back.  She’s about as perfect of a mother has a girl could get.  She has a brother who’s a football player in college and while he’s away at college we see how close they are and how important they are to each other.  And Jordan’s father is a famous NFL player and he’s not so supportive of Jordan.  We see that it’s important to her that her father accepts her and that she wants to play football.  This was an important aspect of the book, them trying to connect and understand each other.  I really liked that.  Family isn’t always a strong aspect in YA and it is in this one.

Now the romance… honestly I can’t say much about it because it’s all twisty and turny and it’s far too easy to spill spoilers.  What I will say is holy canoli, I loved it!  I loved that it wasn’t everything we expect, it’s much more.  Much, much more.  

I really enjoyed this one and look forward to reading Stealing Parker!

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  1. I absolutely LOVED this book so I am so glad that you liked it too! Henry was my favorite too, I just loved how he treated Jordan and their friendship.

    I can’t wait to read Stealing Parker (the second book), I have it to read next!!

  2. I have been really pokey about reading this book. I am also not a huge sports fan. Far from it, as you said. But I have heard really fantastic things about Catching Jordan, so I bought it once from B&N. And it has just collected dust on my bookshelf. I will need to get on that.

    I did just read a book about a girl playing football called Dairy Queen. It was wonderful. Have you read that one?

  3. YEAH!!! I was really surprised how much I loved this one Candace, I’m not a huge sports person either and was worried Jordan’s living and breathing of football would keep her distant from me. Definitely not the case. I adored her and I couldn’t have loved Henry any more if I’d tried. SO GOOD!

  4. Loved this book! I too was afraid that it was going to be cheesy from the cover, but I absolutely adored Jordan and Henry. The characters were completely organic and the humor in this book was literally laugh out loud. So glad you enjoyed it!

  5. I think this one sounds so different for a YA. I love that she is the one obsessed and wants to play football. I enjoy the game so I think this one will even speak more to me. The characters sound fab and I really want to meet them.

  6. I loved this one too even though I hate sports. The romance was great and the dialogue was even better. The only thing I didn’t like was the casual sex between Jordan and that first boy. It’s not that I’m uptight about the presence of sex in the book, more that I thought it seemed unrealistic for Jordan’s character and life experience.

  7. Eee you read it! I’m so happy! I loved this one it’s one of my fav books ever. I adored Henry, too he was my fav! And the team dynamics is especially well done it’s my fav part of Miranda’s books! Great review, Candace!

  8. See! You don’t have to love football–or sports for that matter–to love these books. Definitely check out the next one in the series too (even better than this first one, IMO).

  9. I loved this one too! Sam Henry ROCKS as does Jj (love him SO!)
    Miranda Kenneally is one of my fave authors and I love this community she has created filled with all these authentic, endearing charcters. Stealing Parker was even better, imo, and Miranda told me that her next book, also set in the same fictional Tennessee town, is the RACIEST of them all! I KNOW! Woo Hoo!:)

  10. Ah I loved the friendship between Sam and Jordan. It was cute and adorable.. Now that I read your review, I want to start the book all over again…

  11. I’ve been so hesitant to read this one…but for opposite reasons. A girl quarterback just seems so unrealistic to be. (That’s horribly unfeminist of me, huh?)But I should just give it a try. Everyone loves it. Plus, Dairy Queen has a girl linebacker and I had no problems with that. :)

  12. Ohhhh YAYAYAY!! I have this one on my Nook and every time I see it on there, I just want to read it so badly! This review makes me want to even more! Best friend relationships that are awesome? Amazing romance? Supportive mom? Oh man, you’ve got me now, Miranda!

    I’ll be reading this soon, thanks Candace! 😀

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