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Book Review: Catching Jordan

Title: Catching Jordan
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Published: December 1, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks fire
Reviewer: Lyanna
Rating: 2 stars


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?


High hopes, huge disappointment. 

Catching Jordan started out strong, introducing an iron-willed, heart of steel girl who won't let anyone get in her way. Jordan's got everything planned out, just like the games on her play book. She knows who to trust, she knows what to do and she knows who she is. But when the appearance of Tyler "Ty" Green, a gorgeous new senior, who plays football as a quarterback -- like her, comes into the picture, everything shifts upside down. 

Typical. Typical. Typical.

The plot was predictable, okay yeah, it's a contemporary and there's not much legroom for plot-twists, but the predictability of this book was chart-topping. The pacing was inconsistent, all the conflicts were laid out right away then resolved in the last leg of the book. Everything in-between was sluggish and uneventful. The characters were intolerable hypocrtical misosgynists who were just asking to be slapped. 

However, It wasn't all rotten eggs. Jordan's relationship with the team was charming, coming from a team myself, I know what it means to be there for your team and for your team to be there for you. Jordan's got about thirty overprotective big brothers (when I say big I mean big) to support her and to beat the living daylight out of anyone who gets in her way, not that she couldn't do it herself. Aside from the team, she also has her own biological brother who - just like the footballers - support her whole-heartedly.

And then there's Sam Henry.

I love-loved him, until he became an asshole.

I have a hate-tolerate relationship with Jordan.

She thinks that just because she doesn't dress like a girl or doesn't act like a girl that she's better than girls. Talk to my manicured hand, bitch. And then she has the audacity to say people are being sexist for not letting her play football because she's a girl.

I would say this book has more potential but it doesn't. The premise itself wasn't promising to begin with. But I'd still give the rest of Hundred Oaks a shot if I were you, I've read the others and they definitely do the series justice.

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