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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Book Review ~ Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Catching Jordan

Title:  Catching Jordan
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Release Date: December 1, 2011
Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Source:  ARC from ATWT

Rating: 3/5


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.


I got the opportunity to be a part of an ARC tour for this book and naturally jumped at the chance.  I LOVE football and I LOVE reading about women who break the "gender barrier" in sports.  Just this morning I read two articles about 2 different female football players (you can read the articles here and here) breaking the "gender barrier." That being said, this review has been tough to write because it seems that "everyone" loves this book and it was barely above "not for me" on my rating scale.

Our main character Jordan is a QB and has high hopes of going to Alabama for college.  That is until Ty transfers into her school and joins the football team and is ALSO a QB from TEXAS.  I thought that all the football talk was authentic and real.  I also really liked how Jordan wasn't "just" a girl on the football team...she was "one of the guys" and a leader.  But there were things about this book that I had issue with.

  •  I completely understand Jordan's desire to go to Alabama for college, but I really thought that she was written as a little bit OCD in her preparation for the scouts.
  • Every story needs some adds substance to the story right?  Well for me anyway there wasn't enough conflict for my liking.
  • There were more than a few places where I could guess what was going to happen next, making the plot a bit predictable.
  • Then there was the Insta-Love...I'm not a fan of Insta-Love since it happens so much these days in YA.
  • Ty, not a fan.  I thought that he was a control freak and was trying to control Jordan.
Overall,  Catching Jordan has it's good moments and it has it's not-so-good moments.  Don't let my mostly negative review color your vision of this book.  Just because I didn't care for doesn't mean that you won't like it.


Carina said...

I haven't read many reviews for this, but once I read the summary I wanted to get a copy of this as soon as possible. Thank you for sharing your honest opinion about this, because therefore my expectations won't be too high! :)

Carina @ Fictional Distraction

LisaILJ said...

Thanks for posting this review. This is one of the few I have seen of this one.

As an Bama grad, I have mixed feelings. I want to see how my school is portrayed, but this one would require some SERIOUS suspension of disbelief for me. I am all for girls playing football, but to be a QB at Bama? HAHAHA.