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Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks) Paperback – December 1, 2011
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""I fell in love with the hero on page 1, and CATCHING JORDAN just gets better from there. This feel-good romantic comedy about high school football is the novel I've been waiting for. I loved it!" --Jennifer Echols, author of LOVE STORY
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""Anyone who's ever questioned her path in life will connect with Jordan's struggles and ultimate triumphs." " - Sarah Ockler
""This sounds absolutely fantastic! A girl being captain of the football team??? Love it! "" - Two Readers Reviews
""Jordan is a strong and independent young woman. Who just happens to be the best football player in the state, and a girl."" - The Book Whisperer
""Catching Jordan is the chocolate cake you eat after a very fulfilling meal. I couldn't get enough of it and it ended way too soon.
I definitely would recommend this book to anyone, because when you get right down to it, this book can be summed up in one word: AWESOMENESS!!!"-The Cozy Reading Corner" - The Cozy Reading Corner
""This is a wonderful young adult novel about following your dreams and facing life's realities. Jordan says it best, "Sometimes you have to give something up to get something better."-Reading Eating and Dreaming" - Reading Eating and Dreaming
""All you really need to know about American football to enjoy Catching Jordon is that they throw the ball a lot, don't worry about the rest the story itself is so witty and the romance is so deliciously good and that's all that really matters in the end."-My Keeper Shelf" - My Keeper Shelf
""I am still so in love with the characters in this book, and I read it a few weeks ago.
I had so much fun reading it, there were great characters, great romance, and a great ending. I will definitely check out more by this author."-Slightly Bookish" - Slightly Bookish
""Catching Jordan was everything that I hoped it would be and more! It's the kind of book that you pick up to read and find that you can't put it down until you've turned the last page!"-Reading in the Corner" - Reading in the Corner
About the Author
Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek, and her husband. Visit www.mirandakenneally.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
The characters of Catching Jordan were fantastic! Jordan was an amazing heroine, and she was so strong...physically and psychologically. Just in case you aren't sure about what I mean with psychologically there (and I don't blame you, I'm even a little unsure :P), I mean that she knows what she wants, and she has her mind made up. That being said, she also knows when it's time to change her mind and be open for those changes. Jordan's football teammates were awesome! I loved her relationship with the guys. They respected her, and they were her best friends. It was also pretty adorable when they would stand up for her. Her relationship with her brother was awesome, too. My brother and I are definitely not that close...and I think maybe that's a good thing. I don't really want to start talking about boys with him. :P Anyway, I loved Jordan, and her friends...and now onto her love interests. Oh, Ty, well Ty was gorgeous, sweet, and I liked how his relationship with Jordan changed. I won't tell you those changes, so you'll have to read about them. Then there was Henry. I loved him as her best friend, and again, I'll let you all read the book to see what happens there. :P
The story itself was...awesome. Honestly, it's hard to describe just how different this book is from others out there. Most YA books with sports, football in particular, are male-centric, or if there is a female lead, she's usually a cheerleader or an outcast who loves or pines after a football player. Catching Jordan was completely different.Read more ›
And don't even get me started on all those cute football boys. Competitive drive and sexual tension for the win! ;-)
I devoured this book. Anyone who's ever questioned her path in life will connect with Jordan's struggles, missteps, and ultimate triumphs.
Spoiler alert: I found Jordan's willingness to go from never having kissed a guy to hooking up with someone within a few days--and continuing to have sex with him once she realizes she has no real interest in him--really distasteful. Overall, I found her a character I couldn't relate to. The pathetic attempts to have her be less one-dimensional by "writing" in her journal didn't work for me at all.
Hey, two things I did like--I thought the dialogue felt very natural. And I loved that Jordan was a girl who could EAT! It makes sense given her size and how much she works out, but I did enjoy hearing about how she satisfied her massive appetite. But then she goes and has a Diet Coke? Really, of any girl who's going to drink a full-sugar coke, it'd be Jordan.
Anyway, if you want a very breezy, beach kind of read, this might work for you. I was just expecting more--and think it's a shame there wasn't.
I appreciated the author creating a female character that's so far from the feminine norm. While it is mentioned that Jordan isn't as big or strong as her male teammates, she's just as capable as them, and I don't doubt that. I can also understand her not wanting to behave in certain "girly" ways so that her team continues to take her seriously. What I'm not okay with is Jordan putting down feminine interests as somehow inferior to her out-of-the-box ones. I would be fine if she didn't want to put in the effort to paint her nails because she didn't like to (not all girls do!) or because it would just get ruined at practice, or not wearing tight/short/pretty clothes because it's not comfortable, but she refers to it all as "whatever shit [girls] are into" (pg 49). Excuse me?
It's almost as if she thinks putting on a fitted t-shirt and a real bra will suck out her football talent! It also seemed like she didn't even realize that her teammates know that she's girl, so it's okay for her to accept being a girl. At no point do her teammates make any negative comments about her being a girl! Being a girl or girly is not bad.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really liked this book. I always love books with Tomboy characters as I grew up with mostly brothers so I can relate. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was unconventional but oh so good! It was really fantastic watching the development of Jordan's character. I can't wait to read the next installments of the hundred oaks!Published 21 days ago by HM
I realize I will be in the minority here, but I did not care for this book at all. There was nothing remotely likable about the main character. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Meerkat
So good. This is one of my all time favorite books. It's a must recommend for my friends.Published 27 days ago by emily flick
OMG! YES! I LOVE sports stories and Miranda Kenneally has fast become one of my favorite YA contemporary authors ღ˘⌣˘ღ I'll be forever grateful to her for inspiring me to write... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Llarjme
I like how she finds the guy she like and I haven't seen Sam but I can tell he's hot by the way they described him.Published 1 month ago by Sarai
Catching Jordan surprised me within the first chapter. (Easy to happen when you don’t read the book blurb :) ). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ashley @ The Quiet Concert
It was pretty good and a quick read. I'll be reading the next one in the series alsoPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book loved every word of it! Recommend for teenagers. Definitely worth buying I read it in a fast two days!Published 2 months ago