Published: Sourcebooks Fire (12/1/11)
Source: I purchased this book.
GR Summary: 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.
Hmm. I am perplexed. I had a very difficult time believing the majority of this book. Let us start with the positives, shall we?
Jordan is one of the most kick ass quarterbacks in Tennessee. She is 6 feet tall, she has a cannon for an arm, she has the respect of her all-male teammates and her coach. They've ALL got this girl's back. She's a LEADER. And yet, she's got this group of guy friends with whom she's been thick as thieves for years. Can you imagine having a bunch of football players ready and waiting to kick anyone's ass that messes with you? Sure, things would get a little overly testosterone-y, but it's kind of sweet if you think about it. (Even if they are all horndogs. Seriously, it got to the point where I pictured pelvic thrusts and "SCHWING!" every time the guys mentioned a girl.)
Also, I love that her dad was an NFL player. AN NFL PLAYER FOR A DAD. That's incredible.
And they totally mention the University of Michigan (GO BLUE!)
But our straight-up jock, never-been-kissed and doesn't-have-the-slightest-idea-how main character abandons all hesitation when new, hot, one-dimensional Ty Green shows up on the field as her back-up quarterback. One day she's shying away from Ty's kisses to demanding his ownership of a condom the next. Which is totally fine with me, as a reader. I just feel like Jordan was not a very solid character. She didn't have any defining traits or personality, other than: she's a jock. After 280 pages, I like to feel like I KNOW a character. Especially when I'm reading from a first person point of view. But I don't know her at all.
The love triangle aspect wasn't bad. I mean, OBVIOUSLY I knew what was going to happen. Kenneally at least provided enough back story to Henry & Jordan's friendship to give me a couple warm fuzzies, but Jordan completely let herself be ruled by these boys. And LORD, she was naive. About so much. I don't care if her best friend is the spitting image of Johnny Depp circa Crybaby, the fact that he's put his coin roll into like, EVERY game at the arcade is not attractive. If you catch my drift.
All in all, there were some really cute parts in Catching Jordan, but this book did not work for me. I could not relate to many of the characters and unfortunately could not find a basis for establishing a relationship with any of them. Being a huge fan of Friday Night Lights, this was pretty devastating to me. I'm off to drown my sorrows into Coach & Tami Taylor's epic marriage now.