Publication Date: December 1st, 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire
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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 now there's a new guy in town who threatens her starting position... suddenly she's hoping he'll see her as more than just a teammate.
Warning: Language abound. Fairly spoiler-free, but I swear in this review. Repeatedly.
Catching Jordan fucked with my emotions. I want to chalk it up to, I dunno, PMSing or something, so I was getting all emotional, but maybe Kenneally is just that good o.o Either way, what Jordan felt, I felt. When she cried, I wanted to cry. When she was frustrated, I was, too.
Jordan is one of those characters where, if she was real, I would look up to her. She's so determined to play football in college, regardless of the fact that her father doesn't support it and football is, admittedly, considered a sport for guys. And what Jordan does is amazing, too. Playing football with a bunch of 200 pound guys? I don't know any girl that could do that.
Even from the beginning, I was not a fan of Ty. And I don't really know why - he was just one of those characters that I immediately disliked. I did like that he had flaws, though, and that he wasn't unaffected by what happened to his family. His personality showed that something had happened, and that was very realistic for me.
Henry. Oh, Henry. Henry was Jordan's best friend, and also another player on the football team. All I can really say about him is that I love him, but there were times when he was such an asshole. I understand why he did what he did, (kind of) but I think he should have given Jordan a better explanation. (Also, he was a total man-whore. This made me sad. I think Jordan should have made a bigger deal about that, but then again, Jordan was a pretty ~chill~ character. She and I are very different, so while I would have made a bigger deal about that, I guess it makes sense that Jordan didn't.)
One thing I really liked about Catching Jordan was that, even though I don't really like football, I still loved this book. There was a lot of football involved. Obviously. But it didn't bother me, not at all. I actually enjoyed the fact that it involved football. (This is where you all gasp in shock, guys.)
I think the only problem I really had was that we never really got any backstory on how Jordan actually made the team. I assume there was difficulty involved during the tryouts, since, y'know, she's a girl, (dur) and I kind of want to know just how difficult it was for her to get on the team.
Overall: I kind of want to pretend my emotions didn't get totally fucked around, but they did. I have to give props to Miranda Kenneally for taking me on a major roller coaster that I most certainly was not expecting. Catching Jordan was a surprising read - I was expecting something light and fun and cliche with minimal problems. Instead, I got a novel that teaches you about determination and throws in some romance and emotional turmoil just to screw with you and turn it all into an addicting novel. 4 stars.