Review Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks #1) by Miranda Kenneally

Synopsis: “Whoever said football and girls
don’t mix hasn’t read Catching Jordan. I couldn’t put it down ” — Simone
Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series

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?

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Other books in the series:


Recommended for: fans of Kody Keplinger and Simone Elkeles
My opinion:
“Love hurts worse than getting
slammed by a 250-pound linebacker.”
Catching Jordan was such a fun ride! Truly unputdownable, I
loved it from start to finish and I can’t wait to return to Hundred Oaks! This
is the type of book that has you grinning like an idiot, cheering for the
characters and cracking up constantly!


This book
centers on Jordan Woods, a senior at the Hundred Oaks High School and also
daughter of the great Donovan Woods, NFL player. She’s the starting quarterback
of the football team and its captain, too. She’s the best and she knows that.
She loves football, she loves her teammates and she has dreams of playing ball
in college. But when Ty Green comes to the same high school and gets a position
as a quarterback in the football team, threatening her place in the team, her
leadership and her dreams, suddenly things get complicated. Especially since he
makes Jordan’s tummy go wild with butterflies.
“One thing I learned a long time
ago is that even if you think you’re meant to be with someone, that doesn’t
necessarily mean you get to be with them.”
Catching Jordan could have been easily a 5-star rating for me
if it weren’t for Jordan and Ty. Let me give you the 101 on her, firstly: well,
she’s stubborn, immature, naive and when she puts her mind up, she can be
pretty annoying too. But she’s ambitious, funny and passionate so I respected
her for the most part. With baby-steps, she grew on me by the end of the novel,
courtesy of the character development kicking in, and I ended up liking her a
lot. Another problem I had with her was the language use, which I felt it was
really unrealistic taking in consideration she was really prude. But I don’t
know, maybe the environment (the team, the guys, the football…) took it’s
toll on her over the years so that could honestly be just my problem.


Ty was an
okay character, but I wasn’t really interested in him. He was a bit of a
control-freak and down right whiny sometimes, but overall he was cute and
totally sweet. Not exactly the best boyfriend kind of guy, but still better
than others. He deserves something with lots of sparks and emotion and FEELS.
Cause let’s be honest — Jordan and Ty? Purely physical. But I get it, the
boy’s yummy considering he’s described as Chace Crawford’s twin. *drooling*
“This must be the weirdest thing
a football coach has ever seen: two quarterbacks making out.”
Now on my
favorite character, Jordan’s best friend: Sam Henry. God, with his ballerina
crazy dances, his love for football, his good-looks, his hilarious attitude,
his racing games and his easygoing personality, Henry will steal your heart
right from the beginning. His friendship with Jordan was truly wonderful and it
pointed out what true friends should be like. I loved him to pieces and he’s
seriously too adorable for words!


“Sometimes friendship is just
that, just being with someone.”
synopsis is terribly misleading about the romance part. I mean, I expected a
sweet romance between Jordan and Ty, something along the lines enemies turned
to lovers, but we got so much more than that! Yep, we got ourselves a love
triangle! Don’t throw stones at me; I actually enjoy good love triangles, the
ones where you don’t roll your eye or scream in frustration. This one? It
involves Jordan, Ty and another guy whose identity I won’t divulge. I wasn’t
sure right from the start about the feelings coming from the third person, but
we got clues along the way, so I can say I was expecting it. And by clues, I
mean cute jealousy fits, overprotective demeanor and more touchy-feely scenes. Which
is just swoon!
“When unrequited love is the most
expensive thing on the menu, sometimes you settle for the daily special.”
Now on the
aspect that is probably the best thing from this book — at least from my
point of view. FRIENDSHIPS. Holy moly, these friendships just warmed my heart
when there was enough drama and insecurity to affect my blood pressure. The
girlfriends, the family members, the friends who are girls and the friends who
are boys… Even the cheerleader bimbos! I love them all! Henry, JJ and Carter
are just ah-mazing and seriously had me laughing my ass off! I loved seeing
Jordan make some new friends and finally fix her relationship with her father.
The end got
me all satisfied and happy. It tied all loose ends, it gave us a glimpse to the
future of the characters and it left me smiling at 3 in the morning, which
attests the fact that I couldn’t put Catching
down for one second. This is a great debut from Miranda Kenneally
and I’ll certainly read more of her books, cause she definitely made me crave
some more Hundred Oaks boys. Really, they’re just that smexy. *smiles innocently*
Catching Jordan turned out to be quite the funny light read,
perfect for the end of summer. It’s about self-discovery, family, love and,
most importantly, friendship. I recommend this book to fans of cute YA reads
and especially to fans of The Duff by
Kody Keplinger. You won’t be disappointed!
“I kiss his forehead. “You
are a wimpy idiot. But…I still love you.”

“I love you too, Woods.”



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