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Catching Jordan

Catching Jordan
By Miranda Kenneally
Sourcebooks Fire, 2011
Audience: Older Teens

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.

This is proof, that I, Emily @ Too Many Books, have read a football book. I hate football, and I wondered why I was reading this book and almost quit 8 pages in. I kept going and I am so glad I did.

When I started reading this book, I wondered why no one cared that Jordan was playing ball in high school. She had such an important position in a part of the country where football is incredibly important. I guess it was because she started playing when she was about seven, so she had acceptance that way. But seriously, even kids know that most girls aren't supposed to play football. 

It was surprising to me, especially because where I live, a girl wanted to wrestle. She had wrestled at her old school and moved here and wanted to continue. This was unprecedented. No one here really cares about wrestling, but there was a huge fuss about it. She did get to, in the end, but I can't imagine that it was easy for her. It made me a bit uneasy that Jordan's road was so smooth, but then again, her dad is the great Donovan Woods...

The issue of her playing ball does come up when she starts to look at colleges, which made me feel a bit better.

As for the relationships in the book, I liked that Ty wasn't a bad guy. I was totally expecting him to be after Jordan for her dad's fame or something. I was expecting a big fight between them, and then she would go to Henry. I liked how it didn't happen the way I expected. The way it played out was so much better and so much more realistic. I loved it. Jordan really grew in her relationships with friends too, and that was fun to watch. 

It's not my absolute favorite, and I probably won't read another football book but I'm glad I read this one.