Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

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?

I don’t like football, but I really like the way it’s used in this book. The usual story would be that the girl joins the football team and has to work ten times harder than all the boys just be be accepted. If that happened to Jordan, and there’s no indication that it did, it happened years ago. A senior in high school, the team’s starting quarterback, she already has the acceptance of her team. It’s the acceptance of her NFL-playing father that’s the problem.

There are a lot of characters in this book — Jordan’s parents, her brother and his teammate, members of her football team, cheerleaders — and unfortunately, I like almost every one of them better than I like Jordan for the first half to two-thirds of the book. I don’t like that she’s so dismissive of other girls at the beginning. You can’t like everyone, but Jordan doesn’t have any female friends, probably because she doesn’t give other girls a chance. Once she finally does, she finds out she’s not the only girl in town who knows something about football.

Obviously he knows he’s not getting any tonight unless he’s nice and supportive, but honestly? So what if her waist is the size of a green bean and her breasts are like cantaloupes? Her brain is the size of an M&M.

Says the girl who fills her schedule with music appreciation, auto shop, AND home ec, and who doesn’t know that aloe is a four letter word for a soothing plant or that horse is a five letter word for polo participant. (Jordan’s guess? Shirt.) Something tells me that AP English, physics, and calculus weren’t even options for this girl.

Later in the book she does start to become friends with two girls, and she starts to mature all around as well. I like her new friends a lot and wish she had been friends with them since the beginning of the book. I also like her guy friends, especially Carter, the football player who wants to be a chef.

I think I’ve read too many books with love triangle lately, and yes, this book has one too. I started out liking one of the guys for Jordan but as the book went on, I switched my allegiance to the other. The triangle was really the weakest point of the book for me. I was a lot more interested in Jordan’s relationship with her father, who doesn’t approve of his daughter playing football, and her struggles to find a college football program willing to let her play. Even while acknowledging that very few women have played on college teams, Jordan isn’t entirely realistic about her chances at playing for a top program like Alabama.

There were some funny parts to this book. Jordan’s poetry was pretty funny (unintentionally), but I think my favorite was the obligatory home ec baby project where the students have to take care of a doll as if it was a real baby for a week. (Jordan and her partner name their baby Jerry Rice.)

This is the first in a series, but each book has different main characters. I’m kind of disappointed about that because I’d like to follow Jordan through her first year of college (and beyond). I guess the best I can hope for is some small updates about her.