Saturday, November 19, 2011

Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Format: Paperback, 281 pages
Genre: YA Contemporary
My rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis from goodreads:

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.

The day I got this book in the mail I sat down and read it in one sitting because I just could NOT put it down. I can only think of one other instance where I've done that. So, obviously I'm incredibly in love with this book! This is definitely one of my favorite contemporaries I've ever read. The storyline is believable and there is both a serious and hilarious tone to the book. The characters are so likable and fantastic as well. Plus, there's a ton of hot boys in this book, and you can never go wrong there!

Jordan Woods is captain and quarterback of her high school football team, where she's a star. In this book, she struggles to overcome the obstacles of being a female in the world of football and she strives to be taken seriously in the college football scene. She's always dreamed of playing college ball, but she soon realizes that not everyone is as open minded as the many who support her in her home town. Along with this dilemma, Jordan also finds herself developing feelings for the new guy in town who joins her team and threatens to take her position as quarterback. Things are complicated, to say the least.

I really liked Jordan! I had such a great time seeing things through her eyes. She's a very confident and capable young woman who has an impressive amount of determination. She's also quite funny. I envied her close relationships with several of her male teammates. I love how protective and supportive they were of her. I especially adore her best friend, Sam Henry (A.K.A. Henry, since everyone calls eachother by their last name in this book. Which is something I found charming). Henry was so awesome, with his sense of humor and solid friendship. He cracked me up in this book. He is a great guy to have around for sure and I couldn't get enough of the moments when him and Jordan were together.

This book is so much more than you could imagine. There are real issues going on throughout the story that are tense and heartbreaking at times. This is an emotional tale of new love, disappointment and discovery. Also, let me point out that you don't have to be a fan of football to like this book. I know pretty much nothing about the sport and found that my lack of knowledge didn't have any effect on my absolute fondness for this story. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a read that will leave you smiling and content. I am definitely a fan of author Miranda Kenneally now and I will gladly read anything else she writes.


  1. Great review! I'm so glad you loved Catching Jordan, it's definitely on my list of favorite contemporaries. I can't wait to see Sam and Jordan again in the companion novel!

  2. @Andie -Thanks! I know, I can't wait to see Sam and Jordan again as well. =D

  3. This review is wonderfully written! You're a good reviewer. Even though this book has already caught my attention, you make me salivate after it even more. I have to get this!

    I love your blog design. Gorgeous! And, I decided to follow you back...

  4. @Cathy- Thank you so much, that's so incredibly nice to hear! You have a great review style as well-- I was pretty impressed with your review of The Iron Knight. =)
    Thanks for the follow back!


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