- Title: Catching Jordan
- Author: Miranda Kenneally
- Series: Hundred Oaks #1
- Next Book: Stealing Parker
- Source: Personal Purchase
Description from Goodreads:
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 on 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 starring position on the team… and has her suddenly wishing to be seen as more than just a teammate.
This is another one that is really hard for me to review because I neither loved nor hated it. It was okay. I liked it enough to keep reading, but there was nothing exceptional about it that made me have to read.
There was nothing overly exciting about the beginning. We see Jordan at her first football practice of the year, obsessing about an Alabama scout coming to see her, when a new guy comes into the picture. He’s the new kid in school, and a quarterback, like Jordan. However, Jordan finds herself crushing for the first time in her life.
The book is told from Jordan’s perspective, first person narrative, as it seems most YA books are these days. It’s easy to follow and definitely gets the story and feelings across. The one thing that bothered me was the question marks. They just seemed to be overused. For example, at the beginning of almost every chapter, it would say *title chapter* the count? X days until alabama. I don’t know why it bothered me, but it just kind of rubbed me the wrong way.
My favorite character in the story was Henry (Sam Henry). He’s Jordan’s best friend and teammate, and he is just hilarious. The best scene in the entire book was the interaction between him and Jordan during a Home Ec assignment. Jordan was likable enough, but sometimes her lack of confidence and stubbornness drove me nuts.
The ending was a little more abrupt than I expected or would have liked, but I felt that, for the most part, the loose ends that needed to be tied up were done so.
Overall, I found the book to be decent, but it wasn’t something that I’d rave about. I think it’s a combination of my not being a huge Contemporary/Romance fan and my lack of enthusiasm over football. Since Jordan is obsessed with football, a lot of the book focused on that, and it just wasn’t my thing. It was a good story if that is your thing, though, so I give it 3 stars.