I’m on a roll with these sassy and satisfying YA contemporaries: next up – Catching Jordan!
Book Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Title & Author: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: December 1, 2011
Series: Hundred Oaks book
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
How I Got the Book: Bought
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?”
Hooked on Hundred Oaks
After reading and loving Breathe, Annie, Breathe I knew I had to start from the beginning with the Hundred Oaks series. Which, btw, you totally don’t have to do! Although all the books are set in the same place, they aren’t directly connected like a traditional series, although familiar faces will probably pop up.
And, I jumped right into Catching Jordan. I have a strangely specific attraction to tomboy-type books (see: On the Fence), so I had a really good feeling about the story, which centers on the Hundred Oaks quarterback Jordan who is suddenly distracted by a new player on her team.
I have discovered a special talent I didn’t know existed before now: finding YA contemporaries that are filled with both romance AND depth. It’s like I have a weird radar for it now. In any case, I’ll take it because I’m loving all the recent titles that fit this description.
Like Catching Jordan, for example. Jordan is a focused player. She’s constantly trying to act like a leader with her team, i.e. a bunch of rowdy boys who are adorable in their single-mindedness toward the opposite sex and their brotherly love toward Jordan.
Non-Athletic Types Welcome
Jordan is a girl after my own heart, she knows what she wants and she doesn’t let anything get in her way. Which is why she shys away from the late-semester transfer student, Ty Green.
Although that struggle is both satisfying and super fun to follow, I appreciated the bigger struggle Jordan has with her father. He’s an NFL player who REALLY doesn’t think she should be playing football. Their relationship is more than a little complicated, and the author does not shy away from situations that dig at your heart a little bit.
Also, if you’re afraid of a lot of football talk, never fear. There are only a handful of scenes where there is actual football action. Even though I had no idea what was going on, I got the gist. You won’t be missing out on anything, is what I’m getting at.
Although there is epic boy drama that is super delicious, the book also looks at gender equality in sports and some real life situations Jordan might have to face if she pursues her dreams of playing football in college. A direct sequel to this book would probably be unnecessary, but I really wish I could read more about what happens to Jordan after she graduates.
My only regret for this book is Jordan didn’t expand her network of friends earlier. There is a LOT of testosterone in this book!
Bonus: There is so much humor. Jordan takes no one’s crap, and she physically and verbally beats down her crazy friends all the time. It’s fantastic.
It’s official. I’m hooked on the Hundred Oaks series, and I’ve already dug into the following books. I loved this book! The romance and drama kept me on my toes while the reality of a girl playing football brought everything back to earth.
There was a great balance of elements in this story, and most importantly, it was just plain fun to read. If you’re looking for a super fast read and a YA contemporary that goes a bit deeper, than Catching Jordan and the Hundred Oaks series is for you!