Wednesday, March 21, 2012

My Thoughts: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Published: Sourcebooks Fire (12/1/11)
Pages: 281
Format: Paperback
Series: No
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.


  1. Ha! Yet another FNL fan. :D I really really need to rewatch the series.And finish it, oh my.

    I've enjoyed reading Catching Jordan, but a few things bugged me as well. And I agree Ty felt very one-dimensional at times. I think from the whole story I liked Henry and Jordan's dad the most. ;)

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  2. I'm sorry to hear you didn't love CJ. I liked it a lot. I agree there were some spots that sort of came out of nowhere and confused me about Jordan, but as a character, I thought I knew her really well for the most part. I just kind of chalked it up to... we all change our minds, we have no idea what we want, and that she was naive. I'm not much of a football fan either and I actually enjoyed that aspect of this book... surprisingly.

  3. Huh. I LOVE your impersonation of the jocks.


  4. I loved Catching Jordan, despite the fact that I pretty much agree with a lot of your negative thoughts. I literally LOL'd at your coinroll reference! LOVE THAT!

    I agree though I was disappointed in how naive Jordan was, and Henry's coinroll too ;)

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  5. I think I liked this one more than you, but I totally see where you are coming from. Didn't love love love it either, as many people did.

  6. Seriously though, there really was a lot of this book that didn't feel genuine... I totally agree with you. It was the whole "I'm going to be the starting quarterback for Alabama," thing that got to me most!

    -Alyssa at Redhead Heroines
    My review of Catching Jordan

  7. As usual your review made me laugh, I wasn't planning of reading this book in the first place, so your review definitely had sealed that for me.. But I agree having a group of guys totally have your back is totally awesome!

  8. Bummer, dude. I just traded someone a book for this one. Whenever I get around to reading it, I have no idea how I'll feel about it, but I'm sure I'll remember this blog post while doing so and a couple of the key phrases you used. You are hilarious and I love it.

  9. Okay, not too sure I can dig the naiveness and general lack of personality on Jordan's part, but I've heard about the sexiness of Ty, so maybe it'll balance it out.

    "Can you imagine having a bunch of football players ready and waiting to kick anyone's ass that messes with you?"

    That kind of affection and attention would make me seriously jealous if it was anyone but me. XD


  10. "demanding his ownership of a condom"
    This makes her seem really bossy, but I laughed :P

    I've heard such good things about this one. I'll be a little more wary now, though.

  11. Bahahahha arcades. Coin roll.

    I totally DNFed that Johnny Depp movie, too annoying.

    I've read nothing but good reviews for Catching Jordan, so while this is more lukewarm, it's good to have that grain of salt.