Release Date: December 1, 2011Review: Wow! What a way to start off 2012. Let me just warn you: Do not start Catching Jordan at night, unless you're willing to pull an allnighter, because this book is impossible to put down. I started this book last night and ended up reading till 5 am. And even then, I had to force myself to stop, since I would only get three hours of sleep at most. Yeah, this book is really good, if you couldn't tell.
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Number of Pages: 281
Synopsis: 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.
Personally, I'm not a fan of American football in the least, so I know basically nothing about the sport. However, my lack of knowledge was not a problem at all. Rather than focusing on football (although it sort of does), Catching Jordan is more a book about relationships and staying true to yourself.
Jordan Woods is a star quarterback--the best in Tennessee. She can whoop butt when it comes to throwing forty yard passes, but when it comes to love? Yeah, not so much. Jordan was a character I had a lot of respect for. She knew what she needed to do, she worked for everything and I admired that. She was also hilarious. Seriously, I would totally befriend her. One thing that I was surprised I didn't mind too much was that Jordan cried quite a lot. I usually hate when protagonists cry; I feel like saying, "Get yourself together!" But when Jordan cried, I was fine with it.
Miranda Kenneally is so good at writing characters! I loved all of them. I can't even say who were my favorites because they were all great. I suppose if I had to choose, I'd say I particularly liked JJ, Carter, Carrie and Marie
This book made me feel a lot of things. I really connected with Jordan, so whenever she was feeling a particular emotion, I also felt the same way. This book was also very hilarious. It had me smiling, crying, or laughing on every page. The plot was always very interesting and it felt real, despite the amount of drama. I was turning pages like crazy.
Overflowing with humor, love and football, Catching Jordan is a fabulous and original debut that'll enchant all young adult readers. I'll probably have to reread this book soon.