Book 1 in the Hundred Oaks companion series
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: December 1, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: eBook // 290 pages
Filed under: sporty main character, football
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 everything she's ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he's also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan's feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart's on the line?
Finally, another contemporary romance I enjoyed reading! Although there is a lot of talk about football, it isn't particularly difficult to understand. The pacing was good — not too quick and not too slow — and for the most part, it was believable. Some of the lovey bits could've been done better (I'm a harsh critic when it comes to romance) but I might be biased :p I also had a few problems with the way Jordan dealt with some of her relationships (with Sam Henry, her best friend, and Ty, for example) but nothing major.
Although Jordan is really passionate about playing football, we get to see another side of her through poetry. We know that her mom bought her a journal to write in, but being able to actually read some of the poems she writes shines a different light on her and makes her more relatable.
Ty was definitely swoon-worthy in the beginning, but he fell flat after a while. There was this mystery of who he is and what happened that brought him to town, but finding out wasn't enough to keep me rooting for him. As for Sam Henry, I LOVED HIM. SO MUCH. I could do without knowing he has slept with a ton of girls, but reading about his football touchdown dances and his refusal to depart from his Cracker Jacks football necklace was so fun. Discovering new things about Henry is definitely something to look forward to in Catching Jordan. I'd ask for a Sam Henry best friend in my life, but my boyfriend would probably kill me :p
"I want him to think of me as a girl, not one of those people in a professional eating contest, like Joey Chestnut — the guy who ate sixty-eight hot dogs in twelve minutes." (p. 87)
Are you picky about the order in which you read companion series? If you read Catching Jordan or another book written by Miranda Kenneally, did you like it/them?