Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Paperback, 281 pages
Published: Dec. 1st, 2011 by Source Books Fire
"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
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 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!