Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/1/2011
ONE OF THE BOYS
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?
I kept hearing how great this story was and that I had to read it so I finally gave in. I was not really sure what I expected, sports books are not really my thing. I was super surprised that I loved the book as much as I did. This one a one sitting read for me and it has been a long time since I have had one of those.
So what was it about this book at captured my attention, it was a little bit of everything. First, just the premises of the book and the characters. Jordan is the captain of her high school’s football team and the quarterback. Jordan had never had an interest in any of the boys, has never had a first kiss, and has not really thought about it too much, she doesn’t want to lose the respect of her team mates. Well, all of that is about to change when a new boy in town, Ty, is placed on the football team. From the first moment she see him, Jordan is distracted and attracted to him. What Jordan falls to see is that her best friend and teammate has always had feelings for her and her world is about to be turned upside down. As she suddenly has to learn to deal with her feelings and how to cope with the two boys in her life at odds with each other over her.
This book is about so much more than just this. Jordan has come from a football family. Her older brother plays college ball and her father plays in the NFL. Yet her father never shows up for a game and never asks how things are going, he wants her to give up on her dream. Jordan’s dream has always been to play for the University of Alabama and it seems like this might become a reality but she quickly realizes that she may only be a poster girl for them and never play the game she loves.
I understand that Jordan’s father just wants her to be safe and what parent would not worry about their child, male or female, getting hurt playing a sport but there were times during the book that I just wanted to yell at him. His concern came across as disinterest. It isn’t until Jordan overhears a conversation her parents are having that demonstrates his fears that I started to understand him more. And really at that point, he started playing a more active role in the book and Jordan’s life.
There are a lot of emotional ups and down in this book and really many different points of view to be taken into account. It was reassuring to watch everyone in the story grow up as the book progressed. There was one part of the book that really just irritated me and this is probably only because I am from the state of Michigan, so I have a really good beat on Michigan sports. Towards the end of the book, Jordan’s father decides that he is going to take Jordan and her best friend to Michigan. For the best friend to visit, University of Michigan and Jordan to visit Michigan State, where he knows the coach and thinks there is a chance that Jordan would actually be able to play. While at Michigan State, they are preparing for the biggest game of the year, and Jordan is going to get the chance to attend the game. The problem is the book refers to this game as against Notre Dame, this is so not right. The biggest game and rivalry is always University of Michigan. So this just bothered me, most people would not even catch it but because these are my home teams I did.
Regardless, I really like the book and the direction it took. This was not all about sport and that made it really enjoyable. I would recommend this book.
5 Penguins, a great story.