Thursday, March 01, 2012

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

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?

I love reading about kids in sports. Any kind of sports. This story is about a girl who’s a starting quarterback on her high school football team. Quite impressive! I loved Jordan and was rooting for her from page one.

The dynamic between Jordan and Henry is really well done. They are clearly best friends and completely comfortable with each other. I also liked how everything changes when Ty enters the picture. Everything felt realistic. Jordan’s mental shift was highly entertaining to watch—how she wants to look more feminine for Ty and hasn’t a clue how to go about it. Awesome! Also, I’m not a fan of love triangles, but this one was handled exceptionally well.

I also liked Jordan’s parents. Her dad is a pro football player and doesn’t handle Jordan’s playing very well because he’s afraid she might get hurt. But her mom is extremely supportive and goes to all her games. It was lovely to see good parents in a YA story (that doesn’t happen very often).

I was glued to these pages and finished this book in one sitting. As Jordan’s life turns upside down from Ty, Henry, and the University of Alabama, I *had* to know how it was all going to turn out. I love how Jordan goes from confident to completely doubting herself to confident again. I remember going through times like these as a teenager, and I think many of today’s teenagers can relate.

If you liked Dairy Queen by Catherine Murdock, this is definitely the book for you.


Kelly Hashway said...

Sounds good! Love that a girl is the quarterback!

Ruth Schiffmann said...

Contemporary YA is my favorite. This one sounds like a must read. Thanks for the review.

Tabitha said...

It's a thoroughly enjoyable book. :)

Bookish in a Box said...

I love the concept of Catching Jordan; it's nice to see a girl doing ungirly things without being *just* a tomboy.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I like books about sports and think this one sounds neat because the girl is a quarterback. Love that idea. Thanks for a great review. You convinced me.