Title: Catching Jordan
Series: Hundred Oaks #1
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Published: December 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire
Genre:YA Contemporary Romance
ONE OF THE BOYS
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’ll admit, what I know about football I learned from movies like Varsity Blues. I quite like sport movies, and figured I’d probably enjoy a book about sports. And I did. Mostly.
I love that this is a book about a girl making her own destiny instead of letting traditional gender roles hold her down. Jordan Woods is a tomboy. She’s an amazing quarterback. She captains the team, and the guys respect her. The girls, not so much. Which is fair, I guess, because she certainly doesn’t respect the other girls much either. Oh girls, why are we so bitchy towards each other?
Anyway, Jordan is solid and focused and working her tall, amazonian butt off to achieve her dreams. Until a Chase Crawford look-a-like hottie blows into town and suddenly her girly hormones are all aflutter. Who hasn’t been there, right? Boys, they complicate everything.
It seems the boy, Ty Green, is interested, and Jordan is more than interested herself, but she faces issues like: 1) is he a better player than than her, and will he threaten her position on the team, 2) what will the guys on her team say if she started dating a boy, 3) will dating Ty cause her to lose focus, 4) will dating him cause friction in the team, 5) how does one kiss anyway, and 6) what the hell is up with her best friend, Sam Henry?
I said I mostly liked this book, right? Well, it kind of frustrated me as well. The romance parts of it was kinda “meh”, and for most of the book I wasn’t on board. Then interesting new developments… developed. The kind I had been hoping for. Only it was coupled with more frustration. Oh, Jordan, you are kind of a sucky girlfriend. That’s really not a cool way to treat someone, no matter what other newfound feelings yo might have discovered. And then, when the story becomes promising, it’s also over. *shakes paperback* ARGH.
Let me take a moment to mention how adorable I think Sam Henry was. He’s the kind of best friend I would like to have. Just, without the latter half drama, please. Also, can we get this boy some anti-viagra?
Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.