Monday, 27 August 2012

Book Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

My Rating: 2 & 1/2 stars

Goodreads says:

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 Greeen 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?

"Whoever said football and girls don't mix hasn't read Catching Jordan. I couldn't put it down " -- Simone Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series

"A beautiful novel with a real and captivating depiction of high school relationships, Catching Jordan shows the same reverence for the human heart that it does for the game of football." --Karsten Knight, author of Wildefire

My review:

First and foremost, let me tell you I am not a Chick Lit fan. I don't really bother with these books, but since this was a reccommendation from a dear friend, I decided: What the heck! Lemme give this a try! And well, I don't say that I regret my decision, but I didn't really fall in love with this book either. It was an average read for me.

This is the story of Jordan Wood, a girl who plays in the quarterback position for her high school 'Hundred Oaks High's football team and, in her own words, is 'one of the guys'. She’s on her way to having a stellar season with a team that not only respects her as the captain of the team, but cares for her as a friend. Jordan also has a great chance at making full scholarship with Alabama, and her football stats have never looked better. But all this changes with the entry of one Tyler Green, to whom Jordan is in danger of losing not only her position, but also her heart.

Now, one would say, all this sounds interesting and I definitely agree with that. But unfortunately, from here the story progresses to become a love-triangle, with a lot of stupidity mixed in. I mean, from the first few chapters itself, it will be evident to the reader that Jordan's best friend and wide-receiver Sam Henry is in love with her but she doesn't realise this until his ex-girlfriend tells her so. I swear, at this point I really felt like banging my head on the table! Then Ty turned out to be super-possessive and Henry stops talking to Jordan and she realises Alabama only wants her to be their poster girl and don't really want her to play for their team. In short, a complete downwards spiral.

But there were some good things in the book too: I particularly liked the relationship she shares with her team-mates  especially JJ and Carter. It was cute how protective they were of her, always looking out for her. And also her brother and how supportive he is of her. He even argues with their dad on her behalf! 

All in all, the book was a fast paced, difficult-to-put-down type. However I wasn't really satisfied with the ending. We never really get to know whether Jordan and Henry really get together or what college she decides to join. So, not a good closure.

So i'd say: if you are a chick lit fan, then you definitely should go for this book. But if you are waiting to be introduced to this genre, I don't think this is a good choice. 

So my rating would be: 2 & 1/2 Stars.

Alrighty then guys, until next time, Happy Reading!!!

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