Catching Jordon by Miranda Kenneally

Catching Jordon
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Genre: Young Adult
Format: ebook
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: 12-1-11
Jordon Woods is surrounded by jocks, but that’s because she’s the quarterback of her high school football team. Wanting to be more than just a novelty, Jordan works hard and has her eyes on a scholarship to a Division I university. When Ty Green moves to town with QB skills of his own and a killer smile, Jordan has to find a way to keep her position, but starts to wonder if she will ever be viewed as more than “just one of the guys”.

Catching Jordon was a really fun book to read.  Jordon’s position as the high school quarterback is totally accepted by her teammates and coach and she has earned their respect through hard work and dedication.  Of course, everything gets bumpy when Ty comes to town.  Not only is he very good looking, but he’s an excellent quarterback and seems to like Jordon as more than just a teammate.  Ty’s arrival is the catalyst that sets the rest of the book in motion.  Jordon is forced to really confront her feelings about her Dad’s lack of  involvement in her football games, her relationship with her best friend, Sam, and her plans for college football.

I am not always a big fan of contemporary novels as a young adult sub-genre, but this books had tons of heart.  I loved that Jordon was over 6 feet tall (yay for tall girls!), as most successful quarterbacks are.  Speaking as a someone who is tall, I find that there is a real lack of tall heroines in YA literature.  It’s not always easy being taller than most boys, and I really would have appreciated this as a teen reader.  Jordon is strong and determined, which I loved, but she also faces the same doubts that an teen girl would, and has to find a way to work through them.  She seems to have a perfect life with a famous Dad and a big house, but she struggles with school and relationships like everyone else, which gives her character depth and makes her very real.  It would have been so easy to have Jordon give up football to be with a guy, but it’s not that simple, and I give Miranda Kenneally a lot of credit for making Jordon both vulnerable and unwilling to compromise her dreams.  This book was a wonderful example of what can be great about contemporary YA and I really enjoyed it!

This book earned 4 birds.

I received this book as a galley from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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70 responses to “Catching Jordon by Miranda Kenneally

  1. I love this book and you are so right about needing more tall girls in books. I can’t wait for the companion novels THE GIRL I USED TO BE and BAD, BAD THING! Great review!

  2. I just wanted to say that this is the most amazing book I have ever read and my favorite by far! I wish there where more books like this one. Catching Jordan shows how a girl never gives up on her dreams. She goes through a friendship that has its ups and downs and in the end it is on the top.

  3. I had really high hopes for Catching Jordan. The premise sounded cleaver: a girl who’s the quarterback on her high school football team? Yes please! Falling in love with the guy that plays her same position? I’ll take some of that! And just look at that adorable cover!

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