Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally | Review

Posted August 16, 2012 by Kaitlynn in review / 11 Comments

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally | ReviewCatching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on December 1, 2011
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 281
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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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 Green 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?


Catching Jordan is the perfect romantic comedy.  Anytime you are in the mood for a fun YA read I highly recommend this one.  Miranda Kenneally’s debut novel makes me long for a plate full of nachos and some cute boys playing football!

Jordan is a pretty fierce girl.  She’s captain of the football team (as well as quarterback) and she can hold her own with the guys.  They don’t intimidate her (although some of the cheerleaders do.)  She definitely has some flaws though.  She doesn’t see some of the things that are right in front of her face.  And she really starts to want things when she can’t have them.  I also felt that she didn’t always take other people’s feelings into account.  She thought only of herself for quite a while.

Now there is quite a bit of a love triangle (you’re blind if you don’t see it coming from the beginning) but it’s one of the better love triangles in YA books.  Both Henry and Ty are great guys, just very different.  Ty is a little needy but also a little demanding.  However he’s a total sweetheart who cares deeply for his family.  Henry is kind of a player but it’s clear to see that he does it because he wants to be with Jordan and can’t.  He’s very torn.  I was definitely Team Henry.  He’s impossible not to love but Ty did appeal to me too.

The best part of Catching Jordan is the friendship aspect.  Jordan may not know it but she has a lot of friends.  The guys on the football team would do anything for her.  They all see her as their best friend even though she’s a girl.  They just think of her as a more delicate guy.  As for the girls, they see her either as a threat (like some of the cheerleaders) or as someone to look up to.  She’s also very loved by her family even though she doesn’t always see it.

Disclaimer: I am not a football fan.  I like some sports but football has never been one of the ones that I enjoy.  However I great enjoyed the games and practices in Catching Jordan.  Everything I needed to know was explained but not overdone.  And it wasn’t all about football.  =)

Overall, Catching Jordan is a must-read for contemporary fans.  This is one that I will definitely be re-reading in the future!

Looking for more reviews of Catching Jordan?
Once Upon A Prologue’s review
Books Over Boys’ review

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11 responses to “Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally | Review

  1. Yay, so glad you liked it! Catching Jordan is so uber special because it caught me off guard! I didn’t expect to love-love it as much as I do, that’s probably why!

    And I agree with every word from your review! Especially about the friendship aspect–that was so sweet!

  2. I was just talking about this book with a friend this morning, and she convinced me that I need to read it this weekend! It really does sound cute 🙂

  3. I completely agree with what you said about the friendship. JJ and Carter were so sweet, and I love the way they threatened to beat up everyone that looked at Jordan wrong. AND OMG YES. TEAM HENRY! 😀 <3

  4. […] Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally Series: Hundred Oaks #2 Published by Sourcebooks Fire on October 1, 2012 Genres: Contemporary Pages: 245 Format: ARC Source: ALA Buy the Book • Goodreads Parker Shelton pretty much has the perfect life. She’s on her way to becoming valedictorian at Hundred Oaks High, she’s made the all-star softball team, and she has plenty of friends. Then her mother’s scandal rocks their small town and suddenly no one will talk to her. Now Parker wants a new life. So she quits softball. Drops twenty pounds. And she figures why kiss one guy when she can kiss three? Or four. Why limit herself to high school boys when the majorly cute new baseball coach seems especially flirty? But how far is too far before she loses herself completely? Miranda Kenneally is quickly becoming one of my favorite contemporary authors; right up there with Jennifer Echols, Sarah Dessen, and Sarah Ockler. I had very high hopes for Stealing Parker and I am so happy to say that I was not at all disappointed. Parker is a lot like Jordan in some ways. She’s feisty, strong-willed, athletic, and most of her friends are boys. However that is where the similarities end. Parker is not nearly as easy to like as Jordan was. Parker does some stupid things and she’s very messed up. She doesn’t always think things through and sometimes she’s very selfish. She is a good person at heart though and a great friend. She just doesn’t quite know how to handle life anymore. Her family kind of spiraled out of control and she can’t fix it. Her friendships went the same way and she just gave up. Now she spends all her time trying to control what she can: her life, especially her love life. It’s not easy for Parker to trust people or to love them so instead of looking for a relationship, she looks for one night hookups. All that changes though when she starts to fall for someone that she just might want to be with for more than one night. Once again the boys are what make this book and I’m not just talking the love interests. Miranda Kenneally has a way of writing friendships betweens guys and girls that are just natural and perfect. Drew is Parker’s best friend and he was a guy I would love to have as a friend. He stood up for Parker to his friends, he was there for her no matter what, and he liked Harry Potter marathons. Drew was a boy after my own heart! Then there was Corndog (Will). Corndog cracked me up! He’s a guy who thinks outside the box and never does what people expect him to. He’s a nice guy and a total sweetheart. And of course there is Brian, the assistant baseball coach, who Parker falls for. I actually really liked Brian and felt that he was just really confused. Sure he should have known better than to act how he did with Parker but other than that he was a pretty good guy. Oh and there are a few mentions of Henry and Jordan in the book! Yay! Stealing Parker is a rather short book and it’s super fast-paced. Things take off very quickly and it’s impossible to stop reading until you know exactly how everything is going to work out. There is quite a bit going on, what with the family drama, the church drama, and relationship drama but it’s never too much. And yes there is some religious stuff in Stealing Parker but it’s never preachy and never overdone. It fit perfectly with the story and I thought it really added to everything going on. Overall, Stealing Parker is another must-read from Miranda Kenneally. You don’t need to read Catching Jordan first but I do recommend it. (Also, I just like any excuse to tell people to read that book.) Looking for more reviews of Stealing Parker? 365 Days Of Reading’s review My Not So Vacant Shelf’s review Other reviews for this author: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally […]

  5. Christina Kit.

    I LOVED this books!! Jordan is so strong but also vulnerable in terms of wanting her dad’s approval.

    I love how Jordan made friends with a cheerleader and she wasn’t a cardboard cutout mean girl 🙂

    Lovely review 🙂

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