Interest: Contemporary/ Contemp Challenge/ Tough Girl
Source: Bought on Kindle
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 Greeen 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? (Summary from Goodreads.com)
I'm scraping my brain to find something to say about Catching Jordan. I read it a few months ago when a couple of book bloggers were gushing about how much they liked it.
The writing was great, Jordan as a character was cool, the plot was something I was interested in. However, Catching Jordan just didn't get to me as much as I thought it would. The book sounded perfect in theory, and delivered about half of what I was expecting. In the end though, there just wasn't enough to keep my heart in the story.
Thinking back, Jordan was a pretty kick-ass female. She didn't let anything stand in the way of her football career, whether it was a team that just wanted her for publicity, her father's lack of support, or even tumultuous relationships. Jordan never gave up on her end goal, just reworked it when something wasn't working. In that respect, Jordan was completely admirable and hero-worship worthy. However, outside of the football team, Jordan had some problems. Honestly, she did the best with the information she had at the time, but a few of her choices hurt others, caused unnecessary drama and messed her up. I can't really agree with that. I understand that Kenneally wanted to portray teenagers as accurately as possible, and teens make a lot of drama. I don't want to support running around, toying with people's hearts and calling "inexperience" when someone is hurt.
What bothered me the absolute most about this book was Ty and Jordan. Ty was so controlling that it bordered on an unhealthy relationship. There were a couple of times I was sure he was going to hit her. And Jordan, she'd know Ty for like 5 minutes in the book, barely kissed him before, but jumped into bed with him to have sex, in her house. This was her first ever serious relationship, and she just rushed in. Maybe I'm a huge prude for thinking that. Maybe Jordan hearing about all of the rest of the football team's conquests made her feel like putting out was what was expected of her. Still, throwing herself into the hot and heavy stuff like that made me, not dislike her exactly, but lose a little respect while I kept saying "what the hell are you doing?" in my head.
END SPOILERS ZONE:
Catching Jordan's ending was actually my favorite part of the book, not that I was anxious for it to end, mind you. It was the best part because it felt the most like a beginning, like the story I had been expecting from the start instead of the one I read. I would have really enjoyed an elaboration on what happened after the end. I really desired more because the relationship I had wanted from the start was looking so promising. There had been almost no romantic interaction between those two.
While Catching Jordan was not the book I expected, it was still a good debut. I'm planning on reading Stealing Parker (a companion novel) because Miranda Kenneally's style is so good, I'm willing to give her another try. Maybe the second time will be the charm I need.
Teaser Lines: "But what happens when you don't find that right person? Do you just spend the rest of your life in a relationship where the conversation isn't great, everything isn't perfect, but it is nice and sweet?"