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Contemporary YA Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (Hundred Oaks #1)


Synopsis from Goodreads
"Whoever said football and girls don't mix hasn't read Catching Jordan. I couldn't put it down " -- Simone Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series


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?

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 Catching Jordan is a book that caught me by surprise. I very rarely read contemporary YA because as a genre it usually doesn't appeal to me, but ironically it was a naughty story from Tiffany Reisz who borrowed a character from Miranda Kenneally's book for her erotic shorts which made me buy a novel by this author in the first place.

Weird and wonderful ways, right?

Miranda's writing strikes me as incredibly honest and refreshing.

Jordan Woods is a girl quarterback which is already pretty unusual and daring. Not only that, but she is a captain of her team of teen boys who respect her and love her and treat her the way they treat each other.

Her dad is a famous football player, her brother is following in his steps, and that's what she wants to do too, but what she gets is silent disapproval and a cold shoulder from her dad who deep down is really scared of her injuring herself in the field because she physically simply is not as tough as the boys.

Jordan also has her best friend, Henry, a member of her team, with whom she literally has been joined at the hip since they were little. He is wonderful and goofy and warm. he is a joy to read about.

“Congratulations, Mommy," I say, dropping the doll into his hands. "You could've told me I knocked you up."
"My bad. I thought you'd force me to get an abortion," Henry replies, taking the baby and cradling it as if it's real. "He has your eyes, Woods."
"And your hair." The doll is bald. "Can we name him Joe Montana?"
"Hells no, his name is Jerry Rice."
"No, his name is Joe Montana."
"I was in labor with him for fourteen hours!" Henry exclaims as he rocks the baby back and forth. “His name is Jerry Rice."
I grin. "Fine.” 

As you can guess from the synopsis though, it's the new boy on her team and in her school that attracts her attention, and it's her dilemmas and solutions and slow realisation of what she really wants from her life is what's so interesting about this book.

First of all, sex. I can't tell you how refreshing it is to read about a girl who doesn't make it a huge deal, doesn't get what the fuss is about and doesn't think that if she had sex with her boyfriend this is it - he is her Prince Charming and she has to please him any way she can. Jordan is independent, strong and doesn't take shit from anyone. When her boyfriend behaves like a jerk, she tells him to back off and when she realises he is not what she wants for herself she calmly and rationally breaks up with him. She is honest and uses her head despite feeling emotional as all teens do.

I couldn't help but cheer for Woods and her friends and family, because this is a book about appreciation for what you have and realisation of what you need, it's wise and humorous and emotional. And I wish to see more books like that published in the future. Highly recommended.

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Очень душевная и милая книга, что нечасто встретишь в подростковой литературе современного романа - жанра, что я в общем-то стараюсь избегать.

Поймать Джордан захватила меня совершенно врасплох своей искренностью и прямотой.

Джордан Вудс - девочка неординарная, так как она защитник американской футбольной команды своей школы и также её капитан. Её отец - знаменитый футболист, её брат идёт по его стопам, и Джордан стремится к тому же, однако в отличие своего брата не получает от отца никакой поддержки и внимания, так как тот глубоко внутри жутко боится, что его дочка в один день получит такую травму в этом жестоком спорте, что она её глубоко изуродует, но как пробиться к Джордан и что со своим страхом сделать он совершенно не знает.

У Вудс также есть совершенно замечательный, смешной очаровашка, лучший друг, Генри, с которым они росли вместе и до сих пор проводят каждый день. Однако внимание её привлекает новичок в команде и очень талантливый футболист, Тай.

Что меня приятно поразило в этой книге - это здоровое отношение Джордан к сексу. Да её влечёт к Таю, но она особо не понимает почему все так носятся с сексом, и почему динамика отношений между парнем и девушкой так сильно меняется когда они спят вместе. В результате, она не романтизирует Тая, даёт ему отпор, когда он пытается руководить её решениями и вообще его выпроваживает когда понимает, что совершила ошибку и он ей совсем не подходит.

Поймать Джордан - книга мудрая и нужная, она о крепких семейных и дружеских узах о понимании различий между тем, что мы хотим и тем, что нам нужно, и мне бы хотелось увидеть больше таких книг на рынке подростковой литературы так как они нам нужны гораздо больше очередных Сумерек или творчества Лорен Кейн с Беккой Фитцпатрик.

Очень рекомендую.


Blodeuedd said...

Sounds like a good YA book :=D

Aurian said...

I am not that into YA, but this one sounds good.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

I haven't read this oddly enough because I feel the same way about YA contemps as you, they just feel really young. From time to time I have read a good coming of age like Going Vintage. So glad this took you by surprise.

Christina said...

Well, this is a different read for you. Haha. Whaaaaat? There's a Miranda Kenneally character in a Tiffany Reisz story? O_o

WHO? Tell meeeeeee.

Miranda's writing is honest and refreshing. That's what I love about her stuff. It just feels so real, even if the plot is nothing like my life ever was.

OMG, the sex. I laughed when I got to that because she just went for it. So funny after all of the YA heroines that debate about it or whatever. Angst, angst, angst. I fistpumped for her.

brandileigh2003 said...

Jordan being independent and strong makes this a winner in my book already.
Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

angel said...

I saw your GR review and picked it up because i was in the need for something non-angsty. I loved it. I then read the other two in a slight binge. Perfect fluff. Very realistic, funny and just...idk. just good.

Thanks for posting!

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Blodeuedd, Aurian, it was lovely! hope you read and enjoy this book yourselves! :)

Kimba, don't you love it though? When a book take you by surprise like that? :))

Christina, yep. Sex. I am so fed up with the duplicity of it all. Young girls are supposed to treat it like something completely different from middle aged women. Why? They certainly watch the same movies and read the same books...

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Brandi, her strength and honesty with herself was a pleasure to read about.

Angel, I am behind on the rest of the books even if I have book #2 on my shelves. I think I have to be really in the mood for this :)

Eva @ All Books Considered said...

I loved this book so much! And the second and third books in the series are just as good! Great review!!

Eva @ All Books Considered

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Eva, I've got the second one on my shelf but I'm waiting for the right mood! ;)

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