Review: Catching Jordan

Author: Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #1
Publication Date: December 1, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 281 (Paperback)
Source: 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 Greeen 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?
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

 I am a huge football nut. I haven't missed watching a Giants game with my father in years, so when I saw that there was an awesome looking contemporary out there based on a kickass football team with a female quarterback, I knew I had to have it. After reading it, I'm so glad that I was able to obtain this book and I'm greatly looking forward to book two in the series. With all of that being said, I don't think this book can be enjoyed by people who don't like football and aren't aware of at least basic football terminology. Football is everywhere in this book since it focuses on the female QB of a team and her dream to be the first female QB to play at the collegiate level. While I encourage anybody to give this book a shot, you may not understand everything going on, especially during practices and on the field, unless you know something about football.

What made this book for me was the characterization of the football team. Jordan was a focused leader that carried about her boys, and all of the teammates were unique. I loved JJ and his pre-game rituals at the pasta shack while he was constantly fighting to protect Jordan from guys taking advantage of her. I love Carter and his desire to make his ex-NFL Dad happy, though he would rather pursue a career in cooking. I even loved Marie and Carrie, the only two cheerleaders that weren't lacking in brain cells. But most importantly, I loved Sam Henry. While his coping mechanisms lend him an unfortunate reputation, he truly loves Jordan more than life itself, even if she's entirely oblivious to it, and that's the one qualm I had with this book--Jordan's obliviousness. She was oblivious to two major things throughout the book: the fact that her choice college wanted to use her and her body as a poster girl instead of respecting her athletic skills and the fact that Henry loved her. Both things proved to be frustrating several times throughout the novel and led to many unnecessary fights if she would just acknowledge what others were trying to make clear to her.

Some other memorable characters are, of course, Ty Green, the boy that was able to make Jordan lose focus for the first time in her life because his politeness, southern charm, and amazing body made her heart do flip-flops. And Jordan's family is one to never forget. Her mother is amazing and supportive, her older brother who is about to become a new NFL quarterback is also insanely supportive and caring, more like a best friend than anything else. And lastly, her father. A current NFL quarterback, the great Donovan Woods does not want his daughter following her dreams because she can get hurt. Watching his journey to discovering alongside Jordan in this book was really refreshing and unique and made me love it even more.

Lastly, the romance. This was a romance that is pretty similar to any other high school relationship. Some boys were going for one night stands, but Jordan and Ty stuck with each other. Things escalated between them rather fast, but it is the rate they chose to take things. And, of course, like any other romance, their being together caused a little bit of drama in the book, though it was necessary to further the plot along and didn't deter from the overall themes of the book. There is a slight love triangle, but Jordan ended up with the right guy. The very end of the novel was perfect and beyond cute. Truly the perfect type of cliche. This is a romantic novel true to the trials of high school mixed with the competitiveness that is the sport of football. If you like either or both of these things, there's no way that Kenneally will disappoint you.

 4.5 stars



  1. I've been really interested in reading this book for a while. Instead of it just being focused on a girl finding her "true self" *cough* Sarah Dessen *cough*, it seems to be more focused on girl power.

    Great review! I can't wait to read and meet all of these characters, even though Jordan's dad is still a quarterback at his old age with 2 kids in their late teens.

    -Angie @YA Novelties

    1. Haha even she mentions that he is the oldest one in his sport, but he's got mad skill ;)

  2. I'm so glad that you enjoyed Catching Jordan, and I can't wait for you to read the next book in the series. And like you I LOVED Jordan's teammates and her family. Oh and Sam Henry. I can't forget Sam Henry.

    1. For some reason, this one hasn't appealed to me. Not sure why.