Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally is the first book in the Hundred Oaks companion series. It follows a girl named Jordan who is the only female football player in the high school football league during her senior year of high school. It took me a little while to warm up to Jordan because football is not my thing but midway through the book I got used to her character and the way her teammates interact and I was able to enjoy the story going forward. It was also surprising at the beginning because the first chapter narrates a football scene with Jordan as the quarterback and they never identify her gender until the second chapter so I had originally assumed she was a male. I was able to quickly readjust and I know that was done on purpose. Catching Jordan is a light, fun contemporary romance and it was exactly what I was craving.
As I stated, I’m really not interested in sports and I’ve never hung out with people who care about sports so the way Jordan and her teammates and friends interact was largely outside my comfort zone. It took me some time to get used to their lingo and their priorities but I ended up enjoying Catching Jordan overall. I like that all of the guys on Jordan’s team are so accepting and respectful of her but that Jordan’s relationship with her father is complicated because of her love of football. It’s interesting to see the struggles she faces as a woman in a male dominated industry and her spirit and passion is to be admired. Jordan undergoes some very important character development in regard to her relationship with other women which is one of things that won me over the most. I think female friendships are really important and while I enjoyed the dynamic between her and the guys, it was nice to see her open up to some women without being so judgmental. And of course, I love the romance in this story. I saw it coming from the very beginning and while it didn’t play out perfectly, I thought it was adorable and the characters ended up where I wanted them so no complaints here!
Final Thoughts: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally is the first book in the Hundred Oaks series which follows Jordan, the female quarterback of her high school football team. It’s a light and fluffy contemporary romance and it’s very sports heavy so if you’re like me, you may need some time to adjust to the characters. I would recommend Catching Jordan for fans of Friday Night Lights who are looking for a cute beach read this summer!
ONE OF THE BOYS
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 Green 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? (via Goodreads)