Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Score_CVR.inddReview: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Book 1 in Hundred Oaks series
Release date: December 1, 2012
Genre: Young Adult
*I won this book*

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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?

AH’s Review – 3.5 Skulls – B

Catching Jordan had been on my to-read list for a while. While I usually enjoy young adult books, I was a little wary because I have been on a good streak with this genre and just didn’t want to ruin it. Initially, I picked up the book to kill time before a late night flight. One hundred pages later, I had to sadly leave the book at home because I didn’t have room for both paper books and an ereader.

Catching Jordan caught my attention right away. I was captivated by Jordan Woods, the 17 year old female star quarterback of her high school’s all male team. Jordan’s family is heavily invested in football. Her father is a Heisman trophy winner and is very much involved with the sport. Her brother plays college ball. Jordan dreams of playing for Alabama on scholarship. Despite being a girl, Jordan is scouted to play at several colleges.

I loved Jordan’s voice. She really is one of the guys and the boys respect her and her awesome football skills. Jordan’s home is football central and the guys are always over. While Jordan is easily accepted by her teammates, her relationship with her father is strained. He is not happy with her decision to keep playing football. He does not attend any of her games. On the other hand, her mother fully supports Jordan.

Jordan’s best friend is Sam Henry. They’ve been best buds for about 10 years and Sam has been sleeping over ever since they were little. Theirs is a sweet relationship; Sam is her other half. Romantically, Jordan is oblivious to the fact that Sam likes her more than a friend. This is kind of funny as everyone else around Jordan can clearly sense Sam’s feelings. This relationship becomes strained when Jordan begins dating Ty, the gorgeous new quarterback that has joined the team.

The author’s writing style is refreshing. While most of the story is told in Jordan’s point of view, we are treated to Jordan’s diary entries which are written in almost a poetic cadence. The diary entries are raw, highlighting Jordan’s feelings and insecurities.

Catching Jordan should appeal to both young adult and older readers. High school football fans are in for a treat as well. I’ll be sure to read the rest of this series.

Rating:  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ .5

Series Reading Order:

  1. Catching Jordan
  2. Stealing Parker
  3. Things I Can’t Forget
  4. Racing Savannah (December 3, 2013)
  5. Running From Fate (June 2014)
  6. Untitled (Name and Publication date to be announced)

© 2013 – 2015, Badass Book Reviews. All rights reserved.