Book Review → Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Friday, January 23, 2015

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Book 1 in the Hundred Oaks companion series

Young Adult Fiction // Categories: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: December 1, 2011 
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire 
Format: ebook • 290 pages 
Rating: 4 stars

There was a lot of talk about Breathe, Annie, Breathe in mid-2014, so naturally I wanted to pick it up. Unfortunately, I'm the type of person who has to start a series, even a companion series, with the first book. So here we are. Also, can we talk about the cover? I am not a fan of it at all ...

Catching Jordan follows a girl named Jordan who is the captain of her high school's football team. She has no plans in being romantically involved with any boys—the only thing she's working toward is to one day play football for University of Alabama. Having an unsupportive dad isn't an obstacle with her best friend Sam Henry around, but when a cute boy named Ty moves to town ... staying focused has become a bit harder.

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.

One of my favorite things about Catching Jordan is how well each character is defined. I find that a lot of side characters are just there to be there, but it was evident that Jordan's friends and family members were actually involved in her life. I love how all of her football guy friends are so protective of her, both in the game and out!

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 Sam Henry is definitely something to look forward to in Catching Jordan.

"One day this past summer when Henry was over, he said that graph paper bedding turns guys off and that if I ever want to get laid, I can't bring a guy home to a room that reminds them of algebra and the nerdy girls on the math team." (p. 29)

"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)

There is no doubt I'll be continuing the rest of this series. (Jesse's Girl, the sixth book in the Hundred Oaks companion series, is coming out later this year!) *crosses fingers for future Sam Henry cameos*


Are you picky about the order in which you read companion series? If you read Catching Jordan or any of Miranda Kenneally's other books, did you like it/them?

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