Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally; Review

by Madeleine Rex

Title: Catching Jordan

Author: Miranda Kenneally (!!! Sorry, couldn’t help it.)

Published: December 1st, 2011

Number of Pages: 288

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis:

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. [From Goodreads]

Blurb:

There are two fundamental things in this world that baffle teenage girls – love and football. A clever and gorgeously written novel about characters I’d love to see walking the halls of my own high school, Catching Jordan manages to teach the truth about both.

Review:

This book gets better every time I read it. It has a timelessness to it, and particularly to its characters, that I believe will never fail to enthrall me.

I’ll admit: Catching Jordan‘s first few paragraphs are a little scary. Blitzing? What on earth is blitzing? But it only takes a moment before Jordan’s voice seeps through the football jargon, and you’ll be infatuated. Jordan is an open, raw, no-nonsense sort of narrator, and she has such an entertaining, sarcastic, joking way of looking at the world. (Can you tell I love her? That sentence had six happy adjectives!) Even when she made some silly decisions, I knew that she would turn out just fine. She’s strong, tomboyish, but unarguably a girl. No matter how hard she might try to maintain a sort of manly, domineering force on her team, the reader knows she’s just as susceptible to mucky teenage-girl feelings as any other girl is. This fact ensures that non-sporty girls like myself will feel the crucial emotional connection with Jordan that we all look for in a protagonist.

Within the first five pages, the reader is made aware of what’s at stake for Jordan, and within the first chapter, a threat is targeted. At stake? The state championship and, potentially, a full-ride to her dream school, Alabama. The threat? Ty Green, gorgeous, alluring, quarterback extraordinaire. For once, Jordan feels vulnerable. Will he steal her heart? Or worst – her position?

And from there sprouts a fantastic story of friendship, love, mistakes, family, teammates, and, well, Jordan Woods. Despite her confidence on the field, the Jordan at the beginning of the book is uncomfortable in her own skin. She has a specific, flawed idea of who she’s supposed to be, but as a reader, it’s evident that the real her is boiling under the surface, ready to surge over.

One of my favorite things about Catching Jordan is the team, particularly JJ, Carter, and Henry. JJ’s an oddly lovable sort of fellow. If I saw him from a distance, I might roll my eyes, but he’s a fantastic friend. Carter seems to have a story of his very own, and I enjoyed keeping an eye on him. And Henry…

HENRY.

Henry is phenomenal! I absolutely adore him. His irresistible, silly, humor is just the sort that wins me over every time. The history between him and Jordan felt so real, so substantial. Miranda expertly wove their past into the book, enriching their relationship and their characters. A girl would do just about anything for a friend like him – like play football. Yes, maybe even that.

Family plays just as important a roll in Jordan’s development as her team does. In fact, Jordan’s relationship with her father is an extremely sensitive issue. Though the entire state acknowledges her talent and potential, her father stands alone in his disapproval. Having the great Donovan Woods, quarterback for the Tennessee Titans might appear to be an asset, but his lack of support for her drives Jordan crazy. In my opinion, Jordan’s future was hinged on the evolution of their relationship.

Another feature of the book I appreciated was the poetry embedded between chapters every now and again. I couldn’t write poetry like that to rescue my books from a raging fire! (Although that’s a pretty shabby compliment, considering how terrible my poetry is. They’re very lackluster, while Jordan’s are the opposite.) The poems are laced with Jordan’s witty, comical voice, but also tend to express some of the emotions and feelings she’s too self-conscious to reveal verbally. They round her character and allow the reader to take a peek into her deeper feelings.

Miranda Kenneally is an abundantly talented writer. Her style and voice are riveting, and her characters are extraordinary. (Think Sarah Dessen but… funnier.) Catching Jordan is her debut novel, and I can assure you that she has much more in store for YA readers.

I can’t wait for Catching Jordan to hit shelves and for all of you to have the opportunity to befriend the fantastic characters within it. In fact, go ahead and preorder now to avoid the horror that would be wasting a single moment!

P.S. This horrible review does not do the book justice. My creative juices are simply not flowing this morning. However, if you want a real taste of this book, you can check out an excerpt here.

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