It’s about damn time. I mean, it is about damn time that I finally read Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally. A few of my friends are really into her books, most notably Shanyn. So, when Allison at The Allure Of Books mailed me a package that included Catching Jordan, I freaked out, then true to form, left it on my shelves for months and months and months, because I am the worst. As I have about 30 or so reviews to write, I thought that now would be the perfect time to procrastinate on those reviews and catch up on what promised to be a very quick read.
I love books about girls who have interests besides themselves and boys. I had a keen interest in reading Catching Jordan as it largely revolves around Jordan’s chosen sport, football. Jordan is the star player of her football team – she’s the quarterback and the captain. The guys on her team totally have her back and don’t treat her like a second class citizen simply because she happens to be a girl. Jordan is really tight with the guys on the team, especially her best friend, Sam Henry who often spends the night. She’s always thought of the guys as just friends and nothing more. Yet, her feelings do a 180 when a new boy, Ty, transfers from Texas to Jordan’s One Hundred Oaks team. Even worse, he is ALSO a quarterback. To compound matters further, Jordan’s dad is quarterback for the Tennessee Titans and absolutely refuses to support her football aspirations – which include one day maybe playing for Alabama at the collegiate level.
I am a bit on the fence with Jordan Woods. She’s a nice enough character, but certain things she does irritates me. Like, for example, she is very mistrustful of females – with good reason. It gets annoying though, how she constantly assumes other girls with the exception of Henry’s ex, Carrie, are featherheads. Granted, she does eventually change, but still the whole exceptional girl thing is annoying. There’s nothing wrong with liking things that are traditionally considered ‘female’ in nature. I also thought she was supremely privileged and so it was really hard for me to empathize with her. I ended up feeling like so many of her problems were first world problems. Here’s the thing, I can feel for people who experience first world problems, but they have to be written in a way that feels universal, like something is at stake. Like, lol, Jordan wants this full ride to college, but her dad is making MILLIONS a year. MILLIONS, and that’s just for playing professional football, it does not even take into mind his endorsements, and idk, it just pisses me off that someone who has zero financial need wants a full ride. However, that’s my own, very personal, very close to the heart pet peeve. I think normal people will be able to feel for Jordan though.
All my peeves aside, I think that Catching Jordan had very realistic dialogue. I thought it was written in a way that teens actually talk. There are tons of swears, YAY. There’s definitely locker room talk. AND awkwardness. I loved it. I thought Kenneally really captured being a teenager in such an authentic way. I mean, even the things that irritated me about Jordan came off realistically. I think that there are definitely girls out there who think that other females can’t be trusted. I know girls like that. So, Jordan’s reactions were not too off base. She acted exactly the way you would expect a girl whose been burned by a friend to act. Props to Kenneally for writing a fast-moving, engaging, and somewhat realistic story.
Honestly, as far as the romantic arc goes Kenneally’s debut, I am quite satisfied. Y’all there’s a little bit of a love triangle with this book AND FOR ONCE my team of choice wins. Of course, there’s all kinds of kissing scenes and grown up times scenes which makes for some pretty interesting reading. If you come to books looking for romantic scenes, you will get it with this book. There’s also some cheesiness too, which made me laugh, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were a few points during the book where I had to text friends about how much of a tool one of Jordan’s love interests was being. I love reaction-texting, and so the fact that the romance had me doing that was a big plus. Catching Jordan suits the purpose of a fast, palate cleansing, no-stress, breather read.
Disclosure: Gifted by Allison at The Allure Of Books
Other reviews of Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally:
The Allure Of Books – “I couldn’t get past how shallow all the characters were enough to enjoy the book!”
Chick Loves Lit – “Excellent contemporary – I was not disappointed”
Alexa Loves Books – “I do think the story is well-written and interesting”