13 January 2012

Book Review: Catching Jordan

Book Details

Author: Miranda Kenneally
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1460 KB
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (December 1, 2011)

Book Summary

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 on 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 starring position on the team... and has her suddenly wishing to be seen as more than just a teammate.

Book Review

Rating: 5/5

I don’t like football, I don’t even considering learning anything about it, but it didn’t stop me from loving Catching Jordan and all the silly football jokes this book has.

I like Jordan – she’s one heck of a girl. At the beginning of the book, I wasn’t sure if she was a girl or a boy because the narrator is really, really tough. Imagine a female quarterback of a high school football team which is dominated by hard-ass alpha males. She is the type of girl you can really say that she is one of the boys. It is just too bad that she needed to kiss a frog before she found out that the prince she was waiting for is right beside her all this time. I love her passion for football and how she cares about her friends, most especially Henry. To gain and keep the respect of her team mates – she doesn’t cry, or hooked up with her teammates. But everything turns topsy-turvy when Ty glides into her field. He’s every girl’s dream and she was surprised when Ty liked her too. Now the big dilemma comes: will she lose the respect of the football team, be the topic of the locker rooms if she gives in to her girly fantasies?

Henry – he’s swoon-worthy! He’s really a great friend to Jordan and I love their relationship because he is every dependable and is always ready to catch her. What more could a girl ask for? Well, only that he can be a bit stubborn and afraid to take risks. It is frustrating!

I like Jordan’s family. Her mom is pretty cool – allowing Henry to still sleep over with certain conditions and being always present during her games supporting her all the way. Mike, her brother is also pretty amazing. He plays for a college team but still comes to her game when he has the time. The only problem is her father – the great NFL player Donovan Woods who seemed to support everyone but her. But I understand where this is coming from – fatherly concern. I love how he redeemed himself in the near-end of the story. The scene was very touching and Miranda Kenneally did a fantastic job – it was heartwarming and my favorite scene in the whole book.

Okay, sex. It wasn’t discussed or elaborated. It was just basically slumped into the story just to add – probably spice? I would love to romanticize about it. Especially between two people who seemed to be in love with each other. But it doesn’t matter that much because you’ll overcome the frustration as you continue on reading. This book is an epic and Simone Elkeles is right to say this is a must-read book!

Catching Jordan is not just about the ultimate girl power. It is about being okay to show vulnerability and emotions without losing yourself. You can be friends with people you never expected, that you can find love that you always wanted is sometimes staring you right in the face, and sometimes the thing that you wanted most may not be the best for you.

Favorite Quotes

“I didn't know crushing on a guy would require me to up my calorie intake.” 

“One thing I learned a long time ago 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.” 

“Sometimes you have to do things you don't want to do. To get something better, you know?” 

“Sometimes friendship is just that, just being with someone.” 

“But what happens when you don't find that right person? Do you just spend the rest of your life in a relationship where the conversation isn't great, everything isn't perfect, but it is nice and sweet?” 

“You know, there's no more dangerous creature on Earth than the teenage girl.” 

“How can you be in love with someone for forever and not be willing to take a chance when it finally hits you in the face like a linebacker?” 

“Suddenly I have the first knee problems of my life: they turn to rubber.”

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