Thursday, December 8, 2011

Review: Catching Jordan


Title: Catching Jordan (Goodreads)
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Published: December 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Copy sent by publisher for review

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 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."

First line: "I once read that football was invented so people wouldn't notice summer ending."

Thoughts: From the moment I picked up Catching Jordan, I knew it was going to be a cute read. What I wasn't expecting was how funny, clever, witty and overall incredible it'd be. I loved it from the very beginning and never wanted it to end. I'm not kidding, for an entire day, my life was consumed with all things Catching Jordan. I reread my favorite scenes, quoted my favorite lines and fangirled to anyone who would listen to me on Twitter. Yes, I loved it THAT much!

Jordan is your typical high school girl, except for the fact that she's the quarterback for one of the best high school teams in Tennessee. Her life is consumed with football, especially considering her father, the great Donovon Woods, is the quarterback for the Titans. Too bad her father's constantly telling her to do something else and doesn't approve of her football dreams. Luckily, her teammates and brother do.

Enter Ty. He just moved into town from Texas and *gasps*, is a better quarterback than Jordan. Jordan earned her spot on the team. There's no way the coach will just give it to Ty, right? And to top things off, for the first time ever, Ty is igniting a passion inside Jordan she didn't think existed. What's a girl to do?

First off, I have to tell you how much I absolutely adored every single guy in this book. A girl playing football will 99.9 percent of the time cause some sort of ridicule from her peers. In this case, Jordan's teammates and friends were always supportive and always had her back. I loved, loved, loved how devoted and loyal they were. Sure, the majority of them were total manwhores, but as far as friendship goes, they're solid.

Also, I love how incredibly strong Jordan is. She knew what she wanted and wasn't afraid to fight for it. There were times where she wanted to just give up, yet never did. If she was a guy, she wouldn't have to deal with all the ridiculous trials and tribulations these colleges and "haters" put her through. And regardless of all those things, Jordan still fought for what she wanted.  Needless to say, she had my girl power mojos working overtime!
Oh, and swoon-worthy males. Though there's two guys you can easily fall in love with, my personal favorite was Sam Henry. Oh my goodness, I could not get enough of him. Whenever I need a good laugh, I think about this one scene between him, Jordan and "Jerry Rice". He's sweet, funny and extremely charming.  At times, he can be a jerk, but he's the best kind of jerk (if that makes any sense).

For fans of Jennifer Echols, Simone Elkeles and Kay Cassidy, you are going to LOVE Catching Jordan. It kind of reminds me of a football version of the movie Mean Girls, only with less mean girls and more hunky guys! If you're looking for a funny read that'll capture your heart from the very first page, this is the book for you.

Rating: 5 stars (Sorry, I'm writing this at work and don't have my fishbowls saved to this computer!)

30 comments:

  1. Oh, it sounds LOVELY! I'm reading this soon and you got me even more excited to get to it! Mean Girls with less mean girls and more hunky guys sounds PERFECT! :)

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  2. I don't accept no fish bowls!! *pouts*

    Bahaa.

    I'm glad you enjoyed this I LOVED it! :D I agree all the guys were great - all the characters were wonderfully written really. Awesome review!

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  3. I've heard nothing but good about this book! I'm not a big fan of sports but this one sounds really good! Jordan sounds like my kind of girl!!!! Thanks for the great review :)

    Jaskirat~SeeitORreadit

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  4. This one sounds like something I would love. I'm definitely going to check it out. Great review Lena!! :D

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  5. LOVE that first line! And I soooo agree with it...except, I start counting down to the beginning of football during summer ;o)

    I am giddy beyond belief that the reviews about this are good, because when I first saw the premise, I thought it was one I was going to HAVE to read :o)

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  6. Wow, I can tell your really like it.(:

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  7. A football version of mean girls ? Lol, sounds legit !

    I feel bad, I avoided this book because I thought it was going to be so stereotypical about a girl falling in love with a football player. When I saw the trailer I was like . . . oops, now I must have it ! ! !

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  8. I love that opening line. Love it love it love it. :D
    Thanks for the review. :D It was awesome. I can't wait to get my hands on it. (I have a feeling it's going to be under the tree this year.)

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  9. I think this is an awesome story idea. It is awesome that the main character has so much strength and support. I can't wait to read this, great review!

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  10. I would really like to read this! Wicked opening light and interesting plot ! Kara DiDomizio

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  11. Ahhh this sounds like a read I would SO WANT TO... READ!! A girl playing a guys sport AND super awesome at it :D Sign me up - oh and yeah the guys sound *cough* cool hehe <3 This would fit me perfectly. Sigh. Thanks for the review!

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  12. Cute! Glad you found a book that made you happy!

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  13. This actually sounds really good! Thanks for the review!

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  14. Thanks for making me decide. I'll read this next ;))
    Great review!

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  15. I keep reading such rave reviews of this book that I am very eager to read it for myself. I like that she works really hard and has the respect of her team.

    Thanks for the review!

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  16. I've heard so much about this book and everybody keeps saying it's really good. I've been wanting to read it forever now.
    These are exactly the books I miss reading, too. Loved your review! :))

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  17. This book sounds great. I love the fact that Jordan is quaterback of the football team and she is respected for it by her teamates. I love football and the fact that she plays shows major girl power. That first line is way funny and oh so true lol. It's interesting that Jordan doesn't feel girly until Ty comes to town but I like that fact that she doesn't back down from him, even if he is a better quaterback than her. Jordan is a very strong female lead and she keeps her head on straight for her team when her feelings for Ty grow to more than just teamates. I will definitely need to read this book I know I will love it. Great review it's obvious you loved this book as well.

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  18. This book sounds so cute and fun! I love watching football on TV so a book about a female quarterback is awesome! A strong female character is always awesome. I love the idea that her teammates don't ridicule her. Ooh, I love the idea that a new guy comes in and can possibly take her position!

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  19. This sounds like a lot of fun! I expected Jordan to face a lot of ridicule from her classmates as well, so I'm glad to read that she doesn't. That will make the book so much more positive!

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  20. Thanks for the wonderful review! I can't wait to read this!

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  21. Great review! It's nice to hear that someone else loved this book as much as I did!!! ♥

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  22. Wow! What an exciting review! So enthusiastic... I love it! Now I WANT & NEED to reach Catching Jordan! :D

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  23. Great review. I've heard awesome things said about this book. Can't wait to get my hands on this book. Football version of Mean girls? How great!

    And as always Happy Holidays everyone!

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  24. Wow! Your review just made me want to read the book even more!! This book looks awesome!!

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  25. been wanting to read this. i keep seeing it everywhere!

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  26. Great review! I've had my eye on this one for a while.now!

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  27. I adored this book! Absolutely adored this book! It is one of my favorites for 2011 and even of all time. I was very surprised at how amazing Miranda's writing was!! I cannot wait for her next book. GREAT GREAT review!

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  28. I keep seeing this on everyone's Best Read list, and I just have to read it now..

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  29. AWESOME review! :D I can't wait to read this book.

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