Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: December 1st, 2011
Interest: 2011 Debut Author / Student Recommended
Summary (From Goodreads): 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 now there’s a new guy in town who threatens her starting position… suddenly she’s hoping he’ll see her as more than just a teammate.
When Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally released all I found were positive reviews, so I knew it was a book to buy for my classroom. I bought Catching Jordan for my classroom back in January, and I haven’t had a chance to read it myself since then! Every time one of my girls reads and returns it, another girl is standing right there waiting to read it next. The only reason I was able to read Catching Jordan this weekend is because one of my girls in my 5th hour (our last hour of the day), finished it and handed it back to me. I quickly stashed it in my bag and the rest is history.
Miranda Kenneally’s debut novel is a quick read that teens obviously love based on what I’m seeing in my classroom. It has plenty of appeal including sports, friendships, love and relationships, etc. Most of my girls that have been reading it are very active in sports, but my romance fans have been picking this up as well. I like the balance of sports and romance because many of my girls ask me for books without too much love. Based on the amount of football scenes and references, I might even attempt to have one of my boys in class read Catching Jordan. I teach primarily freshmen, and many of my boys are self-conscious about this sort of thing but it’s worth a shot. I think some of them would genuinely like it.
I’d like to ask my students what they think of Jordan. I love her dedication to football and her teammates; her actions as captain are believable and realistic. I felt for her in regards to her wanting/needing her dad’s attention. She’s really hurt that her dad doesn’t appreciate all of her hard work and skill in football. When she meets Ty, she keeps telling herself that she doesn’t want to lose her focus and get too wrapped up in him. I like this about Jordan, even if this does happen to some degree. I did worry about her and how quickly their relationship becomes a sexual one. Part of me thinks I feel this way because of how their relationship is written and how fast that part of the story progresses. I also didn’t see Jordan acting that way based on what I knew about her at that point in the story.
Speaking of Ty, I definitely liked him and understand why Jordan is attracted to him. He’s a talented athlete, even if she’s threatened by him, he’s loyal to his family, and he’s really attractive. I enjoyed getting to know him with Jordan, but I kept wondering about her best friend Henry. He’s always there for Jordan and sticking up for her. It’s obvious that he really understands her, and I kept wanting to steer Jordan towards him! The scenes with Jordan and Henry made me think of my best guy friend in high school. I kept thinking about him as I was reading this and it made me wonder if maybe he liked me more than as a friend. He’d come to our house all the time and even called my mom “Mom” although he never slept over. Another guy I like in Catching Jordan is Jordan’s brother, Mike. It’s nice to see an older brother character that’s supportive and looks out for his sister.
I’m looking forward to reading more of Miranda Kenneally‘s books in the future. Catching Jordan is a really cute book that appeals to a variety of readers. I’m happy I read it and look forward to recommending it to more of my students.