Author: Miranda Kenneally
Release Date: December 1, 2011 (paperback)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Overall: 5 Stars
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?
Catching Jordan took me completely by surprise. I admit, I was going to initially give this novel a pass because I thought it sounded rather predictable and I was kind of skeptical of a female character being a football captain… but it would have been a complete and utter mistake if I hadn’t read this novel! Miranda Kenneally has truly written a wonderful debut novel that’s both hilarious and heart-warming.
From the fun storytelling to the awesome characters, I simply adored everything about Catching Jordan! I’m not much of a football fan, but Jordan’s love for the game and her aspirations to play at the college level were completely infectious. It didn’t matter that when Jordan was calling out plays, I really had no idea what she was talking about – what I loved was her passion for the game. I could imagine her on the field shouting to her team members to get their heads in the game and throwing with precision as quarterback. She’s grown up always being one of the boys and her close friendships with some of her fellow players were easy-going and filled with playful banter.
When Ty arrived onto the scene and Jordan finds herself crushing hard for the very time, your heart completely reaches out to her vulnerability. She’s clueless and scared of putting herself out there, especially when she feels her only focus should be securing her spot on a football team in college. I just really liked how Jordan was such a down-to-earth girl, eating at her heart’s content, caring about the well-being of her friends… and having a fun, snarky personality which didn’t back down to anyone. You would be lucky to have a friend like Jordan.
And can I just briefly mention how much I loved Sam Henry, Jordan’s best friend? He was so sweet and hilarious… and there was one scene in the novel with him where I had to set the book down for a moment because I was laughing too hard to continue reading. Like any boy, he was prone to making a few stupid mistakes though… but I still cared about him a lot even then.
Catching Jordan has easily become one of new favourite contemporary novels! I’m quite positive that I must have had a ridiculous grin on my face as I read the novel, giggling at the jokes and only frowning when more tender moments came up. And for all its comedic moments, the novels still plays on your misconceptions about girls playing football and allows readers to reflect on the possibility of their own dreams. You don’t need to love football in order to completely find yourself falling for this book! I’m definitely going to be finding myself reading Miranda Kenneally’s Catching Jordan over and over again in the future.