Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally review

Title: Catching Jordan
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: December 1, 2011
e-copy arc
ISBN: 1402262272 (ISBN13: 9781402262272)
Genre: Contemporary 

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 on 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 starring position on the team... and has her suddenly wishing to be seen as more than just a teammate.

My thoughts:

I am not a fan of football and by stating that I'm probably committing about seven different kinds of blasphemy. However it's true. So why on earth would I want to read a book about a football player? Well to be honest this was a book I seriously debated about but in the end I dubbed it a 'to read' mostly because it's about a girl that plays football and let's face it, there is not a lot of female football players. 
So I picked up this book expecting a lot of football jargon, a cute love story and maybe some swoon worthy guys. However this book offered something much more. This book is not merely about a girl playing football. It's a book about a girl's relationship with her father. It's a book about a girl trying to find her place in the world. It's these layers of the story that make this book a compelling read.
Jordan Woods is not your average girl with the average interests. Jordan plays football. She's really good. Captain of the football team good. I like her character a lot. Jordan wants to be respected as the football captain so she tries to act a certain way so they don't think she's too soft. Jordan also wants the respect of her father. He's a pro football player and doesn't like the fact that she plays. Their struggle to find common ground is heartbreakingly realistic. 
The characters in this book are great. The guys on Jordan's team are hilarious. They'd make any girl want to sign up for football. They have her back no matter what. The team really makes this book a joy to read. I also really like Jordan's family. I actually could understand her dad's point of view as well as Jordan's. The only character that I didn't really like was Jordan's love interest, Ty, he was okay but he got on my nerves a bit. 
Overall I'm glad I read this book. Catching Jordan is not my usually read but I'm so glad I stepped out of my box to read it. I would have missed out on something really good. I'm still not a fan of football but I am a fan of this book.
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*I received an ecopy of this book for review from netgalley and sourcebooks fire in exchange for a review. This in no way influenced my opinion. 


  1. Oooo! I haven't even added this one to my wishlist cos I thought i wouldn't be invested despite the rave reviews. I think I'll have to know though as I assumed it was all about football but obviously not!

  2. Raimy, I think it's definitely worth checking out although there is quite a bit of football in it. However there a lot more to the story-line than football which is what made this book a good read.


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