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- Print Length: 290 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (December 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 1, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005WJJMQW
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,275 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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What I absolutely admire most about this book is how authentic these character’s felt. The second thing I like is the fact that there’s a girl who not only is the captain of the football team, but an all-state quarterback. WHOA. I liked that it wasn’t a joke either. I thought, “Oh, a girl on the football team…I bet she gets a lot of crap from the guys.” But NO! They respect her! Everyone does! And I loved that about this story. I loved Jordan’s drive, but I also loved watching her get all girly when facing the hottest guys she’s ever laid eyes on. Those moments when she’s vulnerable and unsure of herself are what really made me connect with her.
But I haven’t told you my favorite part about this book….which is the love interest twist. If you haven’t read this book yet, DO NOT READ BEYOND THIS POINT! ……So I kind of knew Sam would turn out to have had a lifelong thing for Jordan. I saw that one coming. What I did not expect was that Jordan would pick him. They never pick the best friend!!! I was SO happy, y’all!! So, so happy. Because let’s face it, Ty was all that and a bag of chips, but Sam Henry, flaws and all, completely stole my heart. But he was bad sometimes, wasn’t he? I know, I know! He was terrible at times. But I guess there’s only so much a boy can take before he falls off the deep end. I’m just glad he was able to quit being a butthead. SPOILERS OVER, PEOPLE!
So with all that being said, I can assure you that Miranda Kenneally has gained yet another fan in me. I can guarantee that her books will be on my insta-buy list from this moment on. (<–Total Shania Twain moment I had right there. You know you sang it, too.)
I loved her relationship with her best friend, Sam. It was funny, it was heartbreaking and felt real. But then midway through the book felt rushed and there were a lot of resolutions both with Ty and then Sam that fell flat and was disappointing.
The ending was abrupt and I thought ‘wow! I really liked this book until this crappy ending’. It went from a 4 to a 2.5 in my mind. Really loved the writing style and the characters were lovable but there were too many holes in the story for me to really enjoy it or to ever re-read. Such a shame. Would look at this author’s other books but would read more reviews before purchasing again.
I liked everything about it, except that this was more of a drama than anything else, I mean of course this was supposed to be about a girl in a football team surrounded by guys (WHERE CAN I SIGN UP FOR THAT?!?!) and going for her dream, but then her love life starts to kick in when Ty comes in with his waterfall blue eyes, and charm (or so you think...)
So of course Jordan starts to mess up, and Ty comes in and proves he's better than her (not really it's just harmones people!) on too if that, Jordan has always wanted to be the first girl to join the NFL, but the only support she has is her mother and Henry (sigh, Henry Henry Henry). Of course her team mates support her too, but not as much as childhood sweet best friend Henry :)
I like the part where Henry and Jordan are partnered in the Econ class to be parents of the baby project, it was funny and cute :) and I totally saw them together in the future. It was destiny!!!
Henry is Jordan's anchor. But they fight in the novel and she finds comfort in Ty. But then she sees Ty's true colors, and tells her true feelings to Henry but it's too late.
But everything works out in the end. Henry finally stops being a dumby, and they end up together, and go to the same college on the same football team which is good :)
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Jordan was a fantastic protagonist. She's captain of her school's football team, the only girl on the team and the quarterback as well. If all of that wasn't enough to make her awesome, she is also better than most of the guys on the team and isn't afraid to boss them about and show them who is boss. Seriously, Jordan kicked ass. Jordan is also someone who is super smart, makes good grades and tells it how is really is. If any of the guys beat on her for being a girl, or for anything else, she puts them right back in their place.
I really enjoyed watching Jordan and her team/ friends interact. It was slightly strange to see Jordan boss everyone around and for her to have the respect of the whole team. People didn't second guess her judgement at any time and knew that she was doing the best things for the team. They were also a great bunch to read about off the field as well. As a team, the characters were really close so it was nice to see them all going out together, talking about relationships and sex etc. and for Jordan to have people she could go to if she needed to.
When new student Ty turns up, everything changes for Jordan. She's having feelings for a guy which is something pretty new to her but also, he plays the same position as she does and wants on the team. Jordan instantly likes what she sees in Ty but soon has a decision to make. Ty is also a quarterback and desperately wants on Jordan's team but she knows playing in every game is the only way that she'll get the scholarship that she wants. While she finally thinks she has found someone to be in a relationship with, Jordan also doesn't want him ruining her future and taking the spotlight away from her.
While I loved the majority of this book, Jordan and Ty's relationship was a bit hit and miss for me. While the chemistry between the two was great, some things just did not add up. Jordan is a pretty inexperienced girl but it doesn't take her very long at all to do things with Ty. When I say not long at all, it appeared to happen within a matter of days, maybe a week or so. For someone who has stayed away from relationships with boys, and hasn't ever had a boyfriend, this was just too much. Jordan's actions also didn't seem to match her personality which was a shame.
Although Jordan and Ty together was not great, I did still really enjoy this book. The plot and setting were fantastic and there are some great little twists thrown in throughout the book. Overall, this one was pretty good.
This was such a great book. Jordan is quarterback and captain of her high school football team. That demands respect right there. In a way, I think that Jordan feels like most of us in high school. Different. Author Miranda Kenneally nailed this on the head. It felt very real. Jordan is trying to accomplish so much for her college career. More than that, she is making opportunity for women everywhere. Amen!
I loved that Jordan was such close friends with her teammates. I liked how they didn't treat her any different because she was a girl, but they let her know they knew she was female. I fell in love with Henry and Ty in their first scenes. I kind of had a dream with Henry in it. I LOVE HIM!! I liked that I got to know each characters back story. I'm all about understanding them more and it makes me love the story even better. I love good character development. The pace is good, and kept me reading in the middle of the night.
There is teen sex. I'm really not a fan of normalizing this, even if it IS normal in today's world. Let's not make it normal, eh? But it's here. I suppose I was super naive in high school, but seeing as it has been almost 15 yrs since I graduated high school, I don't remember much.
Overall, fantastic read! I love a good contemporary and this was definitely it!
"I didn't know crushing on a guy would require me to up my calorie intake."
But something about it also grated on me slightly. There's no way the main character of this book, Jordan, would ever wear a mini-skirt and tank top like the girl on the cover. Because Jordan is all about what other people think of her, especially her team mates. She doesn't like to show too much skin, she has rules about not dating any of her teammates. Because what she really wants is some proper respect - from her teammates, her father, and from universities that she's hoping to go to soon and play some college ball. I think what I didn't like about this book is Jordan herself. I wasn't too keen on her as a character, I didn't quite agree with a lot of the decisions that she made. My favourite aspect of the novel is the friendship and cameraderie that Jordan has with her friends and the other football players on her team. I liked that dynamic much more than Jordan's struggles with her family and university prospects or the way in which she's undecided about her feelings for new boy Ty. Interesting and enjoyable, but not my favourite.
The story does also show that girls/women can play in "man" sports, captain and still have the respect of her team-mates. I was NOT a fan of TY, even though he lost his dad and his mother was left paralyzed I thought he was a tad over controlling both on and off the field and I still think he had an ulterior motive with getting with Jordan.
Loved Carter he was super sweet, loved JJ he made me chuckle and thought it was sweet how him and Carter always had Jordans back even when she spoke about feelings. I'm glad that Sam got his girl eventually even if it did take him 10years lol.
its a great book, the love triangle is amazing...and when i was going through the books on kindle i had bought this one grabbed my attention straight away.
They werent the make believe fake characters that you cant realte to at all.
Jordan was a girl football player... come on! how could you not love that!!...now i must admit i'm not from America so i have no idea how you play american football...throwing catching WITH your hands and not kicking it about with your feet is... different. But i have seen it in films, etc etc blah blah blah so i new about it....
Reading Catching Jordan gave me something to relate too..being 'A girl gamer' etcc... its just shows how girls can do what boys can and just a well...*(If not better!)
if you read it i hope you enjoy the book :D
LOVED IT. enough said.
I had seen this book on a reading list somewhere and thought i would give it a try, i didnt really hold out much hope for it as although i liked the idea i thought it would talk too much about football, and being from Scotland American football isnt that big over here so i thought i would get bored with constant references to a game i know nothing about. I was pleasantly surprised to find that although there is alot of football in it (well obviously that is the whole them of the book) i wasnt bored with it, Miranda Kenneallys writing is witty and interesting and she gives you just the right amount of detail and description to capture your attention but not to bored you with irrelevant facts.
I love the characters and the different relationships they all have, and i particularly like that its stepping away from the normal character stereotypes and that the main character in a football book is a girl, Jordan is a fantastic character and the friendships she has with her team just endear you to her more, but i think my favourite character has to be Sam Henry, hes funny, loyal and an all around nice guy, i liked him from the very beginning of the book and i had an invested interest in finding out if this go his way.
Jordan Woods is the local quarterback and a damn good one at that, all shes ever wanted is to play college football that is until the day Tyler Green walks into practice and threatens to steal her concentration, developing her first crush leaves her stressing out about kissing, being left alone with him and what her team will say if she suddenly starts acting like a girl. As she gets closer to Ty and they start dating, her best friend Sam Henry starts to drift away from her and her future college seems more interested in her for being a famous NFL players daughter than they are about her skills... What will Jordan do when everything she knows starts to change and will her future be all that she has imagined.
A fantastic first novel and i cant wait for the second, no doubt that i will also stuggle to put it down once i start.
Unpredictable, funny, fast-paced and romantic....you will want to continue reading, and while all the girls swoon over the new guy, Sam is the real hero.
Sam had me in laughing stitches throughout the book, and I understand why he did what he did.
Jordan is also a brilliant character, I don't believe there was any unnecessary stupidness. I understand what she was doing and why, you won't feel like climbing into the book to put her straight.
Overall, the book was extremely well written and at no time did you feel it was dragging.
& This book was so good! A typical romance novel however the story was written so well, that I felt it was different from other books i've read.
I felt that their relationship was really shown in this book so I felt more emotionally involved with the characters.
I'm so glad I listened to the reviews and bought this book!
Okay, so when I first bought this book I was a bit apprehensive to read it since it appeared to focus a bit on football and I have no knowledge on football at all but after the first page I knew my first impression was beyond wrong. I mean yeah it features parts about football considering the main characters are football players but it's not all about football like I thought it would be.
Catching Jordan is by far one of the best books i have ever read and i read a lot of books. It is well written, the characters are believable as is the storyline.
Jordan Woods is the starting quarterback for her high school football team but she is the only girl on the team. She's treated like one of the guys and it seems like that's the way she likes to be: all her best friends are guys.
When the new guy at school, Ty Green, looks like he could take her position on the team, since he is also a pretty amazing quarter back, she gets worried but she soon realizes there is nothing to worry about, position wise anyway. Ty doesn't seems like he is really interested in the position but more interested in Jordan herself. And that's when things get complicated.
As much as I liked Jordan's character, my favourite character was Jordan's best friend Sam Henry (or Henry as he is mainly referred by.) He was funny, sweet, kind etc. I loved how he and Jordan had such a strong friendship. I'm not ashamed to say I kind of fell in love with Sam a little bit. I would love a best friend like him!
Now no teen book would be complete without a love triangle of some sort and this book certainly didn't disappoint on that front. the Ty, Jordan and Sam triangle almost had me in tear. Especially when Jordan found out Sam liked her as more than a friend and she realised she liked him as well. Sam rejects her since she is dating Ty and acts a bit like an idiot, ignoring her in school, not being there for her when she needed him but he more than made up for it.
I won't say anymore because I don't want to ruin it for people that haven't read it but honestly if you're unsure whether to read it or not i would say go for it, it really is such an amazing book and you'll definitely read it again!
You don't have to be a sports fanatic to love this book. I'm English and know nothing about American football but I was still able to engage with the chararcters and the story line. You won't be wasting your money buying this book!