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I Belong

Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Title: Catching Jordan

Author: Miranda Kenneally

Genre: YA Contemporary

Series: Hundred Oaks

Publication Date: December 1, 2011

Format: Paperback, 281 Pages

ISBN-10: 1402262272 (Sourcebooks Fire)

ISBN-13: 978-1402262272 (Sourcebooks Fire)

Reviewed by: Bridget



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? Quick & Dirty: Great YA Paranormal read with lots of action, romance, and a good plot.  The characters can be a little annoying at times but there is hope for better development in future books.

Quick & Dirty: Cute contemporary, but I had a really hard time liking any of the characters in the book.

Opening Sentence: I once read that football was invented so people wouldn’t notice summer ending.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review

This was a cute contemporary read but I wouldn’t say that I loved it, I just liked it. Jordan is a senior in high school, and she has worked her whole life to prove that she is just as good as any boy at playing quarterback for the football team. This year she is the starting quarterback for her high school team and her dream is to play for Alabama. Her brother is the quarterback for Tennessee and plans to go pro and her father is a famous NFL quarterback so it is in Jordan’s blood to be good. Unfortunately, she was born a girl and people have a hard time looking past that. She has earned the respect from her coach and teammates but can she find respect on a college level. Jordan grew up as just one of the guys and she doesn’t really have any friends that are girls and she has never even kissed a guy before. She is beautiful and talented, but she felt that she would lose respect if she dated any of her teammates. She was never really interested in dating any of them until Ty Green moves to her school. It’s the beginning of senior year and the gorgeous Ty Green moves in and joins the team as a backup quarterback. He came from a town in Texas and he is pretty talented, and Jordan is worried she might lose her spot on the team and possibly her heart to this hot guy!

So Jordan is our main character in this book and I have got to be honest she drove me nuts.  I felt that she was pretty immature at times and she really rushed into things without thinking about them first.  I had a really hard time connecting to her and this was probably my biggest issue with this book.  She does have some great qualities as well but I felt her bad ones outshone just a little too much.  She is totally committed to football, but she is always so worried that people won’t accept her she doesn’t see how great the rest of her life is.  By the end of the book she does redeem herself on that account but I felt it just took a little long.

The love interests in this book are both super cute and the romance is pretty good, but there is defiantly some insta-love.   I felt that the relationships in this book could have been a lot more developed.  Sure Ty is great looking but really — Jordan just jumps in head first into a relationship when she doesn’t really even know the guy.  Then there is her best friend Henry, who has basically been in love with her forever but she was totally clueless about it.  I actually really like Henry.  He is sweet, cute and someone that I would have dated in high school.

Overall, I would say that this book was just ok for me.  The story was fun to read and it flowed really well, but not being able to connect with Jordan just made it hard to love. I am going to be honest, I have read many reviews for this book and I am in the minority in not loving this book.  Almost every review I read said that they loved it so if the story sounds intriguing to you I would still defiantly say to give it a try because you may love this book like so many other people did.   I did enjoy Kenneally’s writing so I may try some of her other books in the future.

Notable Scene:

a debate


Damn, he’s fine.

Damn, he’s a good quarterback.

Damn, he’s nice and sweet.

Damn, he’s a good kisser.

Damn, he’s buff.

Damn, he’s great to his family.

Damn, now that I know about Henry.

I’m not sure Ty and I are right for each other.


I love the way his curls flop around and hang across his forehead.

I love how he never just lets me win. I have to earn it.

I love how he touches me just because.

I love his loyalty.

I love how when we sleep head-to0toe, he always finds a reason to sleep head-to-head instead.

I love his unconditional support.

I love his spontaneity and crazy sense of humor.

I love his stupid dances.

I love…him.

Hundred Oaks Series:

1. Catching Jordan

2. Stealing Parker

3. Things I Can’t Forget

4. Racing Savannah (December 1, 2013)  

FTC Advisory: Sourcebooks Fire provided me with a copy of Catching Jordan. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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One Response to “Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

  1. Rain MaidenNo Gravatar

    This was a DNF for me. I just couldn’t get into it. I always feel that something is wrong with me when I read all these five star ratings and I have no desire to finish it. Thanks for the review.

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