“I squeeze his hand. “You know what I think about dreams?”
Ty smiles slightly. “What?”
“That if you spend too much time dreaming, you’ll stop actually doing. And when you actually do stuff, there’s a good chance things will work out.
We make things happen by attacking, not by sitting around dreaming.”
– Catching Jordan, Miranda Kenneally
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
I was so excited for Miranda Kenneally’s debut novel Catching Jordan. It has a great premise, cute cover and reminded me of the MTV show Two-A-Days. 17-year-old Jordan Woods has big plans–plans to win her school’s football championship, plans play college ball in Alabama, but what she doesn’t plan on is love getting in the way.
Jordan Woods is a refreshing female heroine in a world of a female protagonist who usually isn’t in command of their own story. This isn’t just a story about her and a boy it’s a story about her. I found Jordan to be a sensible character and I really enjoyed her personality–even if it is a little rough around the edges.
My favorites parts were the simple, repetitive scenes between her and her harem of male football teammates. It made the book feel comfortable and really brought me into the world.
Every character in this book has thier issues and problems that make them imperfect. I think we can all relate to how all the characters are afraid to do anything that may change how others perceive them. I think perceptions, expectations and the barriers we create for ourselves are major parts of this novel.
I did feel like Jordan’s main romantic relationship wasn’t handled with enough finesse to make it feel real enough. It actually bordered on something that wasn’t exactly insta-love, but more insta-like.I really wanted the new love interest Ty to be a better character, but he was kind of “meh” to me.
Catching Jordan is a solid start for a debut author. It was a book that was easy to get into and had me racing to the end. I can’t wait to see what Jordan Woods gets up to in her appearance in the companion novel, Stealing Parker.
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