Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Review: Catching Jordan

Catching Jordan
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Published: December 1, 2011
Paperback, 283 pages
4 Gold Stars

(summary 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?

It took me a long time to pick up a Kenneally book and I regret not reading this sooner. There aren't that many YA books with sports as a main theme, and though I don't know much about football, I really enjoyed reading about girl keeping up with the guys. Jordan is the Queen of the field, both the captain and the quarterback of her high school team and she's determined to get a scholarship and play football in college. Her father doesn't want her to play in college, worried that she'll get hurt, but she's not worried, she just wants to play. But when Ty Green shows up at school one day, the new kid and a damn good quarterback, she feels immediately threatened. But the more she tries to hate him, she the more she falls for him instead.

Every character in this book stood out to me. Jordan is brave, fierce, and determined. She's a really good friend to all the guys on the time and they are just as good back, willing to do anything to protect her. They never treat her like a girl and she likes it that way. Her best friend Sam Henry is with her every step of the way, rooting for her to get into a good school and play football in the big leagues. It's pretty obvious that he loves her, but she doesn't see this as she starts dating Ty. Ty was sweet and never tried to steal the QB position from Jordan, instead he encouraged her along with the rest of the guys.

Jordan's life isn't perfect though and she has to deal with a lot of problems that most teenagers face. She feels like her dad doesn't believe she can play as he never comes to watch her but he always goes to her brother's games. He's scared for her but she is determined to prove to him that she can do it. She is scouted by a college, but they only want her for her looks and because she is a girl and she knows she'll never actually get to play if she goes there. She's worried about her weight and what she looks like because she's bigger than the other girls in school. And of course she's fragile around Ty. her feelings overruling her head and she's not sure what to do. This is the perfect contemporary book, with a good plot and great characters. Kenneally has what it takes to be a great contemporary author and I'm excited to read her other books in this series.

"One thing I learned a long time a go is that even if you think you're meant to be with someone, that doesn't necessarily mean you get to be with them."

'When unrequited love is the most expensive thing on the menu, sometimes you settle for the daily special."

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