Monday, February 6, 2012

Catching Jordan-Review

Catching Jordan

Goodreads Description:

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 now there's a new guy in town who threatens her starting position... suddenly she's hoping he'll see her as more than just a teammate.

My Thoughts
I won a copy of Catching Jordan from Rather be Reading. It was a book that I typically wouldn’t pick out for myself. I don’t read a ton of contemps and the ones I do read tend to be sad and typically involve the recent death of a loved one (morbid, I know) or some other really tough situation. I just don’t read a lot of fun, light hearted books. Don’t ask me why. But after reading this book and a couple of other light hearted books I am beginning to think that I should and I have found myself looking for more of them.
Catching Jordan is a fun book. The idea of a female quarterback to me was awesome. There are so few women football players out there and Jordan is the first girl I’ve ever heard of playing quarterback with a guy’s high school team. This idea is simply unheard of. It was a nice change and made for a very interesting story.
Another one of my favorite things about this book? Jordan was dying to play for the University of Alabama. Why? Because we are the best. Yes, I say we because I am a proud UA alum. (Roll Tide!!) Now, there were a couple of things that I didn’t like because they did in a way paint UA in a bad light.  However, it didn’t bother me too much because a) it wasn’t anything too bad and b) it was realistic (at least I think it was). I am a huge football fan and know a ton about the SEC so actually reading a story that took place somewhere that I knew and understood was awesome.
I thought that the characters in this book were excellent. Jordan is a strong female character who knows what she wants and goes for it. Henry is the best guy friend every girl wishes she had and can’t help but fall for. Mike is the perfect older brother; supportive, knows when to give you a hard time and when to lend a helping hand. I also, loved that Jordan’s dad was Brett Favre (at least partly). The line about how the sportscasters are always speculating as to whether he’ll play again this year or retire, priceless! The only character I didn’t love was Tyler. He was okay but I just didn’t fall for him as much as I was supposed to. There was just something about him that I didn’t quite get.
Like I said earlier, this book is a fun and light hearted read. However, it definitely deals with some real issues. Jordan has to deal with being a girl that wants to play football and also deal with a dad who isn’t supportive on the one thing that she wants to do more than anything.  Catching Jordan is a story of growing up, going after dreams, and realizing that sometimes the people on the journey with you are just as important as the journey itself.
Grade: A-


  1. Hey Ashley! Thanks so, so much for sending me a link to your review. I am so glad you enjoyed it! I love what you said about Tyler - while I loved him, there was also some part of me that didn't trust him 100%. I also just had a huge crush on Henry; I mean, I fall over at boy/girl best friendships. I always wanted to marry my best friend (and did!). I'm so glad the book has found such a great home.

    Magan @ Rather be Reading

  2. No problem! Thanks for checking out my review!


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