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!)