Review of “Catching Jordan” by Miranda Kenneally

Jordan Woods is in her senior year at Hundred Oaks High in Franklin, Tennessee. She is unusual not only in that she tops six feet in height, but she is also the captain and quarterback of the champion high school football team. All her good friends, including her best friend, Sam Henry, are her male teammates.

Her whole life revolves around football. Her father, Donovan Woods, is the starting quarterback for the Tennessee Titans. Her brother Mike plays for the University of Tennessee. Jordan aspires more than anything to play football for Alabama, and Alabama actually seems interested in recruiting her.

Then a new “hot” transfer student shows up, Tyler “Ty” Green. He is a quarterback himself from the previous year’s Texas state championship team. Suddenly Jordan starts to fumble, as everything in her world turns upside down.

Discussion: The characters are very likable in this book, and I loved the portrayal of the relationships among Jordan and her male teammates. I also loved how the boys were protective of Jordan not as a female so much as a female trying to succeed in a male role.

There were some laugh-out-loud moments in the book whenever it focused on what these kids were learning (or not learning, as the case may be) in school. For example, there is a very funny ongoing scenario with Jordan and Sam having to care for a fake baby for home economics class. And when Jordan and her teammate J.J. do crosswords together, they are always stumped: they can’t figure out “a four-letter word for a past Russian leader”, and as the answer to “a four-letter word for a soothing plant” they guess “weed.”

Evaluation: This cute book is very predictable in some ways, and I would have called it “tween” instead of “YA” except for the fact that sex does occur. However, it is so UN-described that it is about as innocuous as it could be and still be “sex.” This would make a great mother-daughter combo read –plenty of issues arise that are good for discussion about gender roles, treatment of girls, parental expectations, and of course, sex.

Rating: 3.5/5

Published by Sourcebooks, Inc., 2011


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7 Responses to Review of “Catching Jordan” by Miranda Kenneally

  1. BermudaOnion says:

    I won this a while ago and think I would like it for the football tie in. I’ll have to say that a 6 foot tall girl is not all that uncommon these days, though.

  2. Staci@LifeintheThumb says:

    This one sounds good to me. It’s reminscent of Dairy Queen!

  3. Jenners says:

    I just love that she is the QB instead of dating one!

  4. zibilee says:

    I like the sound of this book. It’s rare that a female is portrayed in a role that typically is dominated by males, and that the book isn’t about a love triangle. I also love that there is a sort of protection of Jordan that stems from her teammates, and it’s not only because she is a female. I bet my daughter and I would love to read this one and talk about it. It totally bends the gender stereotypes, and that is something worth showing her. Thanks for the excellent and articulate review. This is a “must buy” for me.

  5. bookingmama says:

    Hmmmm.. I’ll have to remember this one for Booking Daughter! Cute premise!

  6. softdrink says:

    Woo-hoo for girl quarterbacks!

    Also…you said sex. I thought you were a family blog?

  7. stacybuckeye says:

    Looks like a fun teen book. I would have read this a dozen times back when I was devouring these types of books.

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