Monday, 18 June 2012
Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Released: December 1st, 2011
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 Greeen 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 didn't know a lot about Catching Jordan before I read it; I bought it because any mention of sport and southern locations immediately makes me think of one of my favourite TV shows Friday Night Lights, which I kind of adore. I'm so glad I did buy it though because I loved it. Absolutely loved it. If you're a fan of contemporary YA, you need to read it!
Catching Jordan is about Jordan Woods - or Woods, as she's known to her team mates - captain and star quarterback of Hundred Oaks Red Raiders football team. She's one of the boys, with her best friends all being male and football players. Henry, JJ and Carter are like brothers, and together they kick ass on the field. Jordan is basically awesome. I want her to be my friend, and I want her friends. She is so my kind of girl - she prefers male company, can verbally hold her own and gains the respect of everyone in her small Tennessee town. She's also not that interested in boys, until Ty Green shows up at her school and throws a spanner into her life plan.
Ty brings with him a lot of home truths for Jordan, and with those truths come unwanted feelings for one of her best friends. I won't say anymore than that because I don't want to spoil anything, but the way Miranda Kenneally writes Jordan and her seventeen-year-old mind is basically genius. Jordan is the best character I've read about in ages and I wish I could live in this book!
Catching Jordan really is addictive. I love the banter and lifelong friendships between Jordan, Henry, JJ and Carter, and I love how they always have each other's backs. Being the only girl on an all-male football team often gets snarky remarks thrown her way, but the boys are always there to stick up for her and threaten anyone who dares disrespect her. They all rock. Kenneally covers all sorts of other teenage issues too, including the daunting task of applying and choosing colleges and a somewhat rocky father-daughter relationship. All this adds to the realism of Catching Jordan and, just like Friday Night Lights, it's scripting gold.
I have no doubt that I'll go back and read this book again. It's so fun and has consumed my thoughts all day today, even though I finished it yesterday. As soon as I got to the last page, I wished there was a sequel hiding somewhere. Maybe Kenneally will write more of Jordan's story in the future, and if she does, I'll be first in line to read it!