Series: Hundred Oaks #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on December 1st, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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?
With so many review copies looming, and many of them being dense fantasies or dealing with tough subjects, I desperately needed something light. Thankfully, Christina gave me all the Miranda Kenneally books to save me on a rainy day. I’d been waiting long enough to finally squeeze Catching Jordan into my TBR pile, and I do not regret forgetting about all my obligations for a day. Yes, I devoured this book in one sitting because it was ALL OF THE ADORBS.
First of all, this book is all about football – the American kind that I do not care for. But that didn’t matter. Jordan is a female football player and she kicks freaking ass. She’s so passionate about the sport that it’s really inspiring. She’s obviously fighting gender stereotypes, heavily from her father – a professional football player himself, who would rather she stay off the field – but also from her classmates. She’s a tomboy with very little knowledge of typical “girly” things and spends almost ALL her time with her male teammates. And those boys, man. Not only are they super hot, they’re also some freaking amazing friends to her. Because of her dedication to the sport and the team, she’s earned their respect, and they’re just like these lovable, protective older brothers. Absolute gold. I freaking loved it.
The book takes place in her senior year, just as the football season is taking off, where Jordan struggles with planning ahead for her future. She wants to play football in college – and she’s one of the best high school players in Tennessee, so she should have her pick of schools. But, sadly, the gender thing comes into play again. Not only do the schools hesitate to take her seriously, but her father really wishes she would stop playing so she won’t get hurt. But football is her dream, and Jordan fights to make everyone see that – and to understand that she will fight and do whatever it takes to make it happen, regardless of the risks involved. Particularly her struggle with her father on that point was just so feelstastic. He seems gruff and distant at first, but in the end, he just cares for her too much to want to see her put herself at risk. I have a lot of feelings about father-daughter relationships, and this was a great one. I loved how it was all resolved at the end.
Buuuuut let’s face it: we’re here for the romance and banter. Or at least, I was. I loved that Catching Jordan keeps you guessing. At first you think the romance is going one direction, but then it tooooootally tailspins and ignites the majorly heavy shippy feelings and the only correct response is CAPS UPDATES BECAUSE OMG THE FEELS AND CAN IT HAPPEN NOW PLEASE KISS ALREADY. Just in CASE you care about a mild spoiler, I’ll hide the following CAPS RANT. View Spoiler »Ty was such a freaking douchebag, and I was worried at first because it seemed like they were barfing instalove all over each other. THEN THE FREAKING SCENE WHERE JORDAN AND HENRY SHARE THE BED AND HE PUTS HIS ARM AROUND HER AND THEN WAS TOTALLY CHECKING HER OUT IN HER UNDERWEAR AND OMG MY FEEEEEEEEEEELS. Henry is fucking amazing anyway, and when they had the baby for home ec and decided HE was the wife and SHE was the husband, I pretty much died laughing. The two have such a fucking perfect dynamic, always being supportive and touchy feely and understanding and asdfjkl; THE FEELS. I was just SO FUCKING UPSET when it finally came out but then they stopped talking. THE PAIN. THE PAAAAAAAAAIN. And it dragged on a bit after that, I feel, because she needed to dump Ty’s controlling ass way sooner than she actually did. The end was happy, but I was sad there was hardly any time seeing the right ship finally set sail. SO CLOSE. I wanted Henry sexytimes. I did. I regret nothing. But in any case, it’s like the perfect example of the best friend romance that I always wanted. HELL YES TO THIS SHIP AND ITS SWOONS. « Hide Spoiler
And I just love so many of the characters. Jordan eventually grows so much, and I love how she gets in touch with her feminine side – and refuses to call that a weakness. She was a bit judgmental at the start, but when she actually became friends with Marie and Carrie who were both surprisingly AWESOME, I was very pleased. Jordan just felt so REAL to me. And Marie too – she’s such a football whiz, and excellent at foosball, but still is actually one of the most girly cheerleaders ever. FUCK STEREOTYPES. Henry was freaking amazing and fucking hilarious. His banter with Jordan was absolutely fantastic. And then, as mentioned before, the other football guys. And Jordan’s relationship with her mother brought EVEN MORE FEELS. So supportive and wonderful and gah, I wanted to cry.