Monday, January 23, 2012

Review: Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks #1) by Miranda Kenneally

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 on 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 starring position on the team... and has her suddenly wishing to be seen as more than just a teammate.

FIRST, I know it's not February, but I have a lot of Contemporary novels I'd like to finish before the end of February get here.

Review: Well, I have to say, ever since I started blogging, I think this has been fastest I've ever read a book. 1.5 days! Why the .5? Well, I had to sleep sometime. :D
Anyway, I absolutely loved this book. IT WAS FANTASTIC! Comedy, romance, and teenage drama go so well together. Really, they do. They make the best characteristics for a romantic comedy.
 I think it's awesome someone finally stepped up to the plate and wrote about girls and football. Sure, there are girls that do play, but how many are the QB? Probably none.
The over all plot was kinda lost to me at first, but then it's like: Oh, it's Jordan's journey with her team to State and her dealing with two boys that are incredibly sweet.
Now, the only thing I have bad to say about this book is the way Ty and Jordan's relationship started.
The first thing they did was Ty tried to kiss her and then she got advice from the guys. That's not bad. But when she actually decided to go out with him, what's the first thing they do?
GOD, why can't people just go on dates? Why does sex have to come first? Oh, and then after they had sex, they made it official. Why couldn't they make it official then wait to have sex after a few months of dating. And their dating, yeah: just making out in public or tossing around the football. Sure, they went on ONE date that was utterly romantic, and they did go to the homecoming dance, but still! Making out isn't going out. It's just two people kissing non-stop. Gag me.
One other thing. In the book, Kenneally does point out there are sexist people in the world. That's the reason why Jordan wouldn't have been able to play with Alabama like she dreamed of. Not only was the coach and the team sexist, but so was the Director of Athletics. I hate people that like. Don't let anyone tell you you can't do something because of your gender. Women can do anything men can do.
  • Jordan: Kick ass type of girl. The true essance of a toyboy. Awesome football player. And a true represenation of a girl that has no clue that a guy likes her, especially her best friend. Though she doesn't show it, I think if the author did write it, she would have shown up that Jordan has some insercurites, like being a girl in general. But I love it how she over comes the rumors and the drama and the fact she is very tall to come out on top. SPOILER: Towards the end, I'm happy she started to realize her feelings for Henry and finally get it together to try to win him over.
  • Henry/Sam: First, he's actually name is Sam Henry, but some people call him Henry or Sam. I like Henry, since that's what everyone mostly calls him. Anyway, in the beginning, he's a man-whore. Not going to hide it, but he is. I honestly think that using sex as a way out of a breakup is stupid. (at least it was safe sex). And when it came to Jordan, well, he's an idiot. Why not just tell her you like her? No, he, and like everyone else, just assumed she knew and she showed no interest. IDIOTS! At least by the end he gets he's head screwed back on.
  • Ty: Or Tyler, he is the new kid. He's back story is very sad, but that back story (Oh, not going to say what it is) changes him. Whatever he was before, I want to say he is different. In the book, I'm happy that he cares for Jordan, and that he really likes her (though after what? A month, he said he's falling of her. No, after six then you say that type of crap), (SPOILER) but he's really controlling. On the field and off. We've never seen him on the field, but the other guys on the team have told Jordan about him. No boy should try to be controlling of his team or his girlfriend (which he does in some parts of the book).
  • JJ: I really like him. Funny and an idiot. Good player. Cares about Jordan as a sister. But he's an idoit when it comes to women. All he does is look for a good fling. No commitment, no strings attached. I was shocked to hear that he was going with Lacey (cheerleader) for sometime, but of course, he never told her the three words. In a way, I think something must of had happened to him to cause himn to be like he is, or that he's just not ready. :D
  • Carter: LOVE HIM! He's the only one that's not a man-whore it think. Unlike the rest of his friends, he doesn't want to be a professional football player. He wants to play, honoring his dad's wishes, but he also wants to be a chief. Honestly, I wish he got together with Jordan sometimes. He's nice and sweet.
  • Carrie: She is a cheerleader and becomes one of Jordan's closest girlfriends after talking to her a bit. She's the one that broke up with Henry because--SPOILER--she believed he was in love with another person, and he was. Later one, she starts to date Carter, and it's so sweet that he actually really likes her and is NOT looking for a hook-up.
  • Marie: She is a cheerleader and becomes one of Jordan's closest girlfriends too. In the beginning, she and Henry had a thing, but she knew he loved Jordan and tried to get them together. She never gets with anyone, but if there was another character in the book, I'd bet that she would be with him. She's an awesome best friend.
  • Dad (a.k.a. Donovan Woods): Big NFL football player. Doesn't really like Jordan playing football and doesn't support her like her mom does. At first, I didnt' like him. I hate that one parent that doesn't support one child but does the other (Mike, the brother, plays football too), but the only reason he doesn't is because he doesn't want Jordan to get hurt. And I can see where he's coming from. Football is tough, and the guys in it are huge. He's girl, only a 170 lbs. He doesn't want her hurt. SPOILER: Thank God he turns around in the end. It was either that or have a horrible relationship with his daugher for the rest of her life.

Future: As most of you know, the companion to the book, Stealing Parker, is set to come out this far.
Here's the pic and the blurb.
Goodreads: About a 17-year-old girl named Parker who falls for the new 23-year-old coach of the baseball team.
Love the cover, and it's basically like Vampire Academy, but without the vampires. I can't wait!

Quotes: The entire book, especially the chapter titled Jerry Rice. :D

The Big Kahuna
I debated about this one. I wanted to give it a 5 because of the sex thing, but the pros outweigh the cons. :D I LOVED THIS BOOK.

Cover & Ending: 

I believe I won this book. Forget from who though. :D

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