Title: Catching Jordan
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Genre: Contemporary YA
Release Date: December 1, 2011
Source: Copy from personal library
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.
Why I read this book: I had been seeing reviews for it all over the place and I'm a sucker for a heroine who breaks gender roles.
What I liked about this book: I liked Jordan a lot. She's a strong confident football player when she's on the field but once she's off the field she's just a girl who's dealing with teenage girl stuff. I could easily connect with her. I'm one of those girls who's more confident being "one of the guys" than I am being "one of the girls." The host of secondary characters...I especially loved Sam Henry. I also really liked all the humor and trash talk that took place between Jordan and her teammates. The writing style I connected with too. It just sucked me in and wouldn't let go. I also really liked the ending, good triumphs over "evil."
What I didn't like about this book: Ty. For me personally, he came off as a nice guy in the beginning but once got what he wanted he turned into UBER-prick. He drove a pretty serious wedge between Jordan and Henry too. Henry could see and Jordan just didn't want to. I also didn't care for the overall feel of Jordan and Ty's relationship. Another detracting point was Jordan's dad and NFL quarterback who just doesn't understand his daughter. Everyone has dreams but I fel that Jordan's dad spent a considerable amount of time trying to squelch Jordan's.
Overall Impression: Overall, I'm pretty happy with this book. I will definately be checking out Stealing Parker when it comes out. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a book with a strong heroine character who doesn't take any crap from anyone.