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July 18th, 2011

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.

July 15th, 2011

Broken News!

by Madeleine Rex

As seems to always be the case lately, I’m a little late to the party. However, I’m so excited by the many wonderful developments this week that I can’t keep myself from sharing them with you!

And I know a few of you are anxiously awaiting the announcement of the winner of my ARC of Kiersten White’s SupernaturallyCongratulations, Kailia Sage! I’m sure you’ll adore it. Treasure it. Treat it well.

Now… on to the other wonderful news!

1. After much anticipation and a slightly unhealthy amount of obsession over the mail (seriously – my mailman’s lucky I wasn’t stalking him), I received my ARC of Catching Jordan (December, 2011) by my friend, Miranda Kenneally. It’s such a fabulous book, which I knew all along, but my love for it has been renewed since I started a reread. Her characters are priceless, folks. Timeless, too. They’re the whole enchilada. If you have not added Catching Jordan to your to-read shelf on Goodreads, go. Now. (Also: I’m in the acknowledgements! Miranda’s a fantastic friend, and I’m so grateful for her.)

2. HARRY POTTER. Need I say more? No? Too bad; I’m going to. I’m so excited! I firmly believe this movie will be epic – it has to be, really, to be deserving of the Harry Potter title. Sadly, I am not going to the midnight showing (I’d be standing outside the theater door right now), but my family and I have tickets for Saturday afternoon. My dear great uncle is here to visit and wants to come along, and he’s 84, so midnight isn’t exactly his ideal movie-watching time. He’s worth the sacrifice.

3. I was late, per usual, to join the hubbub surrounding Tahereh Mafi’s upcoming debut, Shatter Me (November, 2011). It wasn’t until I saw the cover today (and was astonished by it) that I took a look at the synopsis. I am desperate to read it, now! The cover was just revealed, and I was surprised by how much I liked it. I typically disapprove of the overused “girl with pretty dress and conservative colors” theme, but there’s something I can’t quite nail down that stands out about this cover. Maybe it’s the awesome strike-throughs or the killer tagline. Whatever that thing may be, the synopsis only emphasizes this book’s potential, and I can’t wait to read it!

4. Julie Kagawa gave a ground-breaking announcement this week! Seriously folks – she wasn’t aiming to surprise, she was aiming to send her fans into comas (not that I’m trying to insinuate that she’s evil. I’m sure she’s lovely). Not only did she announce a spin-off trilogy to her popular Iron Fey series (staring the Iron Fey protagonist’s little brother years later), but an entirely separate series as well. The new series is a post-apocalyptic vampire series entitled “Blood of Eden,” a title that I think is perfectly classy and intriguing. I’m not sure which one I’m more interested in.

5. Kiersten White, who has to be one of my favorite people, announced the title of the third book in the Paranormalcy series. I think the title, Endlessly, is elegant and perfect for the end of Evie’s journey. There’s even something about it that is more… mature than the titles of the other two books. Evie’s come a long way.

6. I won’t force you to read this because I doubt you really care, but I’m almost done with draft two of The Lemonites! I’m so thrilled to be wrapping up this draft, and I feel like the story has evolved so much. Though there’s tons more to deal with, I feel a lot more confident. I incorporated a few new aspects that I hope will enrich the entire experience that is my beloved WIP. Now let’s just cross our fingers and pray that my critique partners agree…!

I realize I just talked your ear off, and I apologize to those of you I lost. I feel the urge to spend as much time with you as I can. I’ve missed this blog. I’ve missed Twitter. Honestly, my life has become so hectic lately that I’ve doubted whether I could keep Wordbird alive, but as long as I’m still kicking, it will be, too. Thanks so much for the support you’ve given me, whether it be through comments, advice, or simple page views. It blows my mind to think that people out there want to know what I have to say. Particularly when I can’t seem to shut up.

Speaking of which, I’ll leave you be. Enjoy the big, wide world of books!

July 8th, 2011

Characters I’d Name My Sons After

by Madeleine Rex

The second installment in baby name posts! As I said before in my previous post, Characters I’d Name My Daughters After, I stole this idea from Audrey over at holes In My brain (a blog you should definitely read even if you don’t care what we want to name our children).

Characters I’d Name My Sons After:

Walter
Walter Blythe from the Anne of Green Gables series. Yet again another Anne character I actually intend to name a child after. I know Walter might not appear to be the most… attractive name to begin with, but read the books. Read the books and love them. Walter Blythe is someone I have a particular connection to – I love him so much. I can’t say more without revealing his fate, but he’s absolutely, unarguably inspiring.

Jem
Jem is also one of Anne Shirley’s sons. I’m not planning on naming a child after him because that would be overkill, but I love the name. It’s short for James, obviously, but the nickname is so endearing. He’s a brave, silly, and fantastic little boy who grows into an even more valiant and impressive young man.

Henry
Henry from Miranda Kenneally’s upcoming Catching Jordan. I love Henry. He’s beautiful with all his flaws and quirks. He’s the sort of character that immediately feels like a best friend you would love to have in real life, and sometimes it kills me that these fantastic characters can never love me back. Henry’s a gem folks, and I can’t wait for you all to have the opportunity to read Catching Jordan!

Wes
Wes from The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (Review). The Truth About Forever was the first Dessen book I read, and I can assure you that Wes makes that book. Even amidst the terribly fun cast of the book, he stands out as the sort of boy any girl would be thrilled to have. I think he prompted me to say sa-wooon for the first time in my life. Need I say anything more?

Linden
Linden from Wither by Lauren DeStefano (Review). This name is so odd and beautiful at the same time. Plus, there are these mysterious undertones to it in my ears due to the mysterious nature of his character. I never know what to think of him, but I do know that I’m inclined to like him. You all need to read it and tell me what you think!