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.