Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

I’ve been looking forward to Catching Jordan by Miranda Keanneally for ages now – I had visions of another awesome book like Dairy Queen running around in my head. Unfortunately, I wasn’t nearly as captivated by the characters as I hoped to be. I couldn’t get past how shallow all the characters were enough to enjoy the book!

In Catching Jordan, Jordan is the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. Being a girl doesn’t slow her down in the slightest. She is tight with her entire team and fully expects an amazing sports scholarship to the university of her choice.

Then new guy Ty shows up at practice and all of Jordan’s plans take a bit of a beating. He is a fellow quarterback and he is good. Good enough to make the entire team defensive on Jordan’s behalf. Another small complication: Jordan is crushing on Ty. Hard. What is a girl to do?

Further complicating things is Jordan’s best friend Henry. He doesn’t so much like Ty sniffing around the girl  he has had a crush on forever.

Y’all, the whole “best friend is in love with MC who is oblivious” plotline is pretty tired. Nothing original was added to it in Catching Jordan and I wasn’t really feeling it. Henry was basically a manslut and even though Jordan was confused about the situation, she still fell into sexytimes with Ty. I know these kids are in high school, but still. I couldn’t respect any of them after seeing the way they behaved.

I’m not trying to be the demented sex-ed teacher from Mean Girls, but really. All the cavalier sexytimes being had got on my nerves.

I also thought Jordan was being incredibly bull-headed about her university of choice – they were obviously using her to play the girl angle and she refused to see it! Gah, talk about having blinders on.

So basically what it comes down to is the fact that I didn’t like the characters in Catching Jordan. Miranda Kenneally seemed to focus on the plot and the characters worked to fit it instead of the other way around.

If you’re interested in reading a book featuring a girl trying to navigate high school football, I’d recommend checking out the Dairy Queen trilogy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock  instead.

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  • Chachic December 10, 2011, 9:30 am

    I was curious about this book but after hearing your thoughts about it, I probably won’t be picking it up.
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  • Sarah (The Brazen Bookworm) December 10, 2011, 1:05 pm

    When I first heard about it, I thought it sounded like Dairy Queen – obviously not as much as I’d like, though. I think what makes DQ so successful is that Murdock created DJ and the other characters and built her story around them – apparently it doesn’t work the other way around. And I’d rather read about DJ than a pale imitation of her – thanks for the honest review. 🙂
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  • Alyssa (Redhead Heroines) December 12, 2011, 9:54 am

    This book also fell flat for me… I couldn’t get past certain aspects of the football storyline that just made every sports scene cheesy and contrived to me.

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  • Amy @ Tripping Over Books December 12, 2011, 8:56 pm

    Good review! It’s interesting to read your thoughts because I kind of loved it. But I can totally see where you’re coming from with the sluttiness. I guess I watched too much Friday Night Lights, where the football players were all kind of whorish, lol. It’s colored my view of acceptable high school behavior I guess! I, too, recommend Dairy Queen because, really, no one can touch DJ when it comes to tomboy awesomeness. 🙂
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  • Ashley B January 1, 2012, 8:14 pm

    So… I’m super torn on how I should be feeling about this book. I’ve seen quite a few negative reviews (although a lot of glowing ones as well) and all of the things that you have mentioned would really bug me too.

    BUT… There is one blogger who is for seriously my Contemporary Twin. We agree completely like 95% of the time… And she LOVED this one.

    So I think I *might* like it, but I also recognize that there is a lot I wouldn’t like. I’m kind of tempted to just let my Netgalley copy expire so I never have to figure it out… 😛
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  • Janie K. January 10, 2012, 1:04 pm

    This seems like a great book. I have already ordered it and I look forward to reading it! Thank you so much for the review and for mentioning it!
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