Title: Catching Jordan
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: December 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire
Format: Paperback, 281 pages
Series: Book 1 of 3 companion books
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.
Jordan is the quarterback and captain of her high school’s football team and has always been one of the guys, which is just fine by her. Suddenly, when a new QB shows up at their school, her heretofore unused girly parts start a’tingling. Can she get the guy and still play like one at the same time?
I really liked the plot of Catching Jordan. It was fun to read a football book from a girl’s point of view. I have zero knowledge of the sport but I managed to keep up just fine. Jordan was one of my favorite characters from any novel. I liked that she was just fine with her status as one of the guys. She was tall and not stick thin and she was absolutely okay with that. She was strong enough to lead her entire school’s football team and they all respected her. There was no undercurrent of flirtiness, just full-on no-bullshit she’s the boss. All of the characters were realistic, no clichés in site. Her long time best friend Sam Henry was great, as were the other boys on the team. And they were hot to boot! How she managed to not drool over them all the time is a lingering question I have…
There was a bit of sex, but I wouldn’t call it sexy hotness. More like wham, bam, thank you ma’am (though not graphic). I liked the romance aspect of the book, though. It wasn’t really where you expected it to be. There was heartache and loss and breakups and makeups. All were believable and real. The dialogue was standard teen fare, with a bit of an edge. Jordan didn’t take crap from anyone and all of the teens were quick with the one-liners. The book started off strong and just kept it up the entire time; it was fast paced and hard to put down.
I love the cover for this one. It’s bright, colorful and realistic and has everything to do with the story.
A fun story and fantastic characters make this an easy one to love.