Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (2012)

I once read that football was invented so people wouldn’t notice summer ending. But I couldn’t wait for summer vacation to end. I couldn’t wait for football. Football, dominator of fall–football, love of my life (p 1).

catching_jordan_coverAs captain and quarterback of the Hundred Oaks High football team, Jordan led the team to a championship game in her junior year and lost because she threw an interception. As a senior, she intends to win it all. Then Ty arrives. He led his Texas high school team to a championship title and he has the skills to challenge Jordan. Things are even more complicated because Jordan finds Ty incredibly attractive. How could this happen to a girl whose primary goal in life is a football scholarship to Alabama?

This was a highly readable and enjoyable, if predictable, book which is sure to please teen chick lit readers. I always enjoy stories about sports and especially women breaking into the male arena. Jordan has an authentic voice and both Sam and Ty behave like teenage boys. In fact, it’s the same behavior often exhibited by adult males. So, funny and veracious. Super easy to book talk, this will appeal to Simone Elkeles fans.

I do have a problem with the cover. No top-ranked QB looks like that slender dame on the cover. I don’t think Jordan would be caught dead in a miniskirt. Nor did she wear bracelets once in the book (that I can remember).

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