Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks) by Miranda Kenneally

Title: Catching Jordan
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date:  December 1st 2011
Source: Gifted from my OTSP Secret Sister

Summary from Goodreads:

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?


Catching Jordan surprised me within the first chapter. (Easy to happen when you don’t read the book blurb :) ). Jordan is a girl that plays football which I immediately thought was awesome. The stress of recruitment and playing well for college scouts brought me right back into high school stresses. Not to mention all the other relatable drama; from catty girl drama to new crushes and first relationships, it was so easy to fall right into the Hundred Oaks world.

The relationship building is one of my favorite aspects of the book. Not all of them are perfect but they are relatable and realistic. Jordan and her father struggle but her brothers full support her football choices. Jordan primarily only hangs out with team players but throughout the course of the book builds friendships with girls she previously never gave a chance to. The slow change felt honest and believable. I enjoyed the bond Jordan has with her teammates; gender was not really an issue and their friendships highlight the fact that all kinds of friendships exist.

Aside from Jordan’s secondary relationships, the primary romantic relationships were very well done. The romance was honest and slow building. Some of the choices Jordan is faced with are easy and hard at the same time. As dynamics change and events unfolded my level of anxiety was so high. I wanted things to happen but then didn’t, my feelings were all over the place but in such a good way. Kenneally was evoking emotional responses that I was not expecting.

I thought Catching Jordan would be a light contemporary read but it was much more. It was a story of growth, friendships, love, and following your dream. I can’t wait to read more from Miranda Kenneally.

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