19 April 2012

Review: Catching Jordan By: Miranda Kenneally

Title: Catching Jordan
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Scourcebooks, 281 Pages (December 1st, 2011)
From: Gift from a friend
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis: 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.

Review: 4 Stars - Catching Jordan by Author Miranda Kenneally is a more than memorable young adult contemporary title that people who aren’t huge sports fans will absolutely fall in love with.

Jordan comes from a family who are all football players. She’s the only daughter to her famous quarterback dad. She wants nothing more than to play ball and prove to her family and the coaches in high school and further on to the college scouts that she’s a player to watch. Her team mates treat her as one of the guys and know she’s a star in the making.

Jordan and her best friend and team mate Sam have been close since they were younger. They spend most of their time away from school and the team together. I loved Sam! Though he frustrated me here and there, I still couldn’t help but love him when he really opens up to Jordan. When I look back on reading it’s sometimes easy to get frustrated when reading realistic teens because, well, they are teens. They make wrong choices and bad decisions sometimes. Just like we all do and that makes these teens relatable in many ways.

Things start to change for everyone when new student Ty moves to town and shows up at school looking to join the team. One huge problem with that… he’s also a quarterback, the same position as Jordan. With her team always looking out for her, they are all curious about Ty, but make it clear that they won’t give him a chance to take Jordan’s position away.

Ty… hmmm, he’s a tough character for me to talk about. At first I really liked reading the relationship change between him and Jordan but in the end the scars from his past were just way to strong for him to remain that good guy I liked at the beginning. His past made him possessive and irrational, which in turn was a huge turn off for me. I understand why he was the way that he was. I get it I do, it’s just sad that such a great guy had to deal with everything that he did. I think that Jordan changed him for the better, which was what I hoped from the beginning.

I should also mention the minor characters within Jordan’s team and family. There were some characters that added a lot of humor, love and understanding in her life. I loved the parts of the story with her father and felt for him as we watching him struggle with raise a girl who plays football. I’m always thrilled with a well rounded story and the minor characters you find here make reading this title that much richer.

All in all, Kenneally knows how to write a fantastic contemporary title with characters that so many people will find easy to relate to due to how realistic they are. It’s such a nice change of pace when you find a contemporary title that’s all around a terrific read. The characters each have something to offer each other and the reader. The story is sweet and realistic and the conclusion all falls together perfectly.
Reading this title in one sitting was an easy feet so be prepared if you haven’t picked up this title yet because you won’t WANT to put it down. I found the story and characters easy to love and more than memorable. I can see myself reading this one again in the near future and I look forward to Kenneally’s next title Stealing Parker and more! So, get out there and pick this one up today!

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  1. Oh what a lovely review! I read some reviews before and everyone was full of praise. I am glad to hear also you loved it! Ever since I watched Friday Night Lights I am totally in love with stories like this so I will most definitely add it to my list! Thanks!

  2. I love how you described the characters in Catching Jordan. It sounds so good. I know what you mean about sometimes hating reading about realistic teens. I'm now officially out of the teen zone - I'm 20. :) But I can see what you're trying to say. Been there. But this is also one of the things I like about realistic reads. The imperfection makes it perfect for me. :) Great review!

  3. What a great review! I don't know why I haven't added to this to my TBR yet. I keep reading positive reviews about it and after reading yours, I'm now definitely adding it :-)

  4. I loved this book so much! One of my fav reads of last year I loved Jordan and the humor. That baby scene almost had been peeing my pants lol. Great review she really does write awesome characters!!

  5. I am really looking forward to reading this book-it sounds like such a cute contemporary and the perfect read for a summer day (or late spring :)


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