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Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  46,102 Ratings  ·  2,895 Reviews

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 sh
Paperback, 283 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Dec 04, 2013 Giselle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, arc, contemporary
What did I think of Catching Jordan? Umm.. well.. it was FREAKING AMAZING! There is just so much I could say about this book. It has romance, humor, love, loss, friendship, family - it has something for absolutely everyone. Even if you aren't into sports - like me - or know nothing about football - like me - don't even hesitate to pick it up. This is a masterpiece written by a brilliant mastermind that you Can. Not. Miss!!


Ok, phew. Now, let's start with Jordan. Our dear wonderful J
Last page impression:

Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun... (feel free to keep going..)
OK, i got tired of repeting it (as writing on ipad is so not fun) and I guess that you got my point by now: This book was so damn fun to read!

Actual Review:

Ha-haa, what a fun way to spend the evening.
This book was amazingly cute, and the characters too adorable for words. F
Jenny - Book Sojourner
Feb 02, 2012 Jenny - Book Sojourner rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2012
It was an okay read.

I liked the storyline of the book, the uniqueness of Jordan's character (liked her honesty but she lacked a bit of maturity), the football references (even though I'm not a football fan), Jordan's relationships with the guys on her team (I loved that her best friends were guys who loved her and looked out for her), her best friend Sam Henry (even though he was a wussy tramp at times), development of friendships with girls, her supportive brother, and resolution in relationsh
Catching Jordan does not do justice to the YA genre, lurve triangles, college football or girls who aspire to play traditional "boy" sports. For a better, I mean completely different league better, book about a girl who plays football, pick up Dairy Queen and forget this one.

In Dairy Queen, protagonist DJ Schwenk struggles with the reality of a girl playing a tough, physical boy sport. She deals with different degrees of acceptance. She balances her hopes, dreams and the realities of her situa
Dec 18, 2011 Arlene rated it liked it
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner Booker - Group Read December
When unrequited love is the most expensive thing on the menu, sometimes you settle for the daily special.

Oh football fumble! I was really looking forward to reading and falling head over heels for Catching Jordon. The reviews were looking positive, my book club was enjoying this, and I was getting the whole D.J. Schwenk vibe just by reading the book jacket. But after finishing this book, the score is Dairy Queen 5 stars, Catching Jordon 3 stars. I really didn’t feel more than a minimal like for
Katie McGarry
Jan 05, 2012 Katie McGarry rated it it was amazing
I'm a night reader. After I'm done for the day, I take a shower, lay in bed, and read for about an hour. But not with this book. I stayed up. I didn't write the next day. I read.

The story, the characters, it hooked me.

And I developed a crush on Sam Henry.

Dear Miranda,

You could write a book solely about Sam Henry and I would read it. Just sayin'.


“I can’t be with him if he’s in love with someone else.”

This was an enjoyable YA contemporary romance about a girl who played football.

Jordan was an okay character, although I did think her a little naïve in the way she didn’t consider that she might be treated differently because she was a girl. Even though she shouldn't have been discriminated against, it was easy to see why she might be.

The storyline in this was about Jordan trying to get into college to play football, and also about Jord
Camila, the opinionated Catruler
(I'm sick. I'm lazy. Go away.)

So this is She's The Man...

... meets High School Musical...

(scratch that for BOY)

... meets The Vampire Diaries...

... and most of the time I was just like...

... but sometimes IT WAS like this.

Overall: forgettable.

Surprisingly, the sports/college talk part of this book is what I liked the most.
Rashika (is tired)
(forgive me for my bad poetry skills)

And this book was so badddd
it hurt my brain
I wish I could
write something better
but I cannot
with its angst
and its woman hating
female lead
it tried to tell me
that I was wrong
it tried to put
femininity into a box
and I just couldn't
take it any more
but it didn't get better
for the love interest
was just as crappy
he was the worst best friend ever
and gave excuses
and then became a man-whore to cope
with what was ultimately his decision
he didn't listen to what she had t
Liz* Fashionably Late

First of all, I wanna make it very clear that in this corner of the world, whenever you say football you're talking about this baby:

However, I must admit that after watching the entire five seasons of Friday Night Lights I've grown fond of american football even if I still have no clue how to play it. I consider myself a sport enthusiastic, the kind who watches it, never plays it so I got into this book with the same excitement I'd read the Dairy Queen series. I'm not sure if the first installm
Wendy Darling
Honestly, for a much cuter, much funnier, much more poignant, non-shallow version of this story, try Dairy Queen. Plus, there are cows!
Tough Critic Book Reviews
Dec 17, 2011 Tough Critic Book Reviews rated it really liked it
What can I say, I can relate to this book....


Yes people, there are girls out there that play football. And yes, they're good. I was starting right tackle and middle linebacker for my team leading in tackles and sacks. I guess what bothers me about some of the reviews is they're bashing the book for being unrealistic. Can a girl play football? Yes. Is it likely a girl could quarter back for a D-1 school? Probably not, but last time I checked this was called FICTION!!!!

fic·tion (fik-shuhn)
Such a great comfort book for rainy days (like today here).

I looked at Catching Jordan with my "snarky eyes" - if there is such a thing - for a good part of it, to be honest.
First of all, a girl playing football?! How can you write a book about a girl playing football after DJ Schwenk in Dairy Queen and not expect to be mercilessly subjected to comparison with that winning series? Ok, the plots differ but, at the end of the day, they're both about the coming of age of two girls chasing their dr
Nov 25, 2011 ♥Rachel♥ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
4.5 Stars

Jordan Woods is a senior in high school, captain and quarter-back of the foot-ball team, she's also a girl. Jordan lives and breathes foot-ball, she's been playing since she was seven. Her father is an NFL star player (although, he doesn't approve of Jordan playing), her brother plays in college, and all her friends are the players on her team. Because of this Jordan has never had a boyfriend or even kissed a guy. She worries she'll lose focus on her goal of getting a scholarship, and p
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
I was skimming through all the positive reviews of this book and kept wondering if I read the same book. I loved the cover, it totally drew me to the book and even though I thought the premise sounded a little silly I wanted to read it.

I think guys should be guys and girls should be girls. I’m all for girl’s being strong, independent, playing sports, etc. But, I think girls should also be feminine, should be respected and treated like ladies.

I wish I could have liked Jordan more, which is one
This was such a sweet, adorable read. Another one of those "mood" stories and thankfully, it fell into my lap at just the right time.

Jordan's a complete tomboy and despite being in her senior year, she hasn't even had her first kiss yet. That all changes when there's a new transfer in town, whom she actually starts developing "girly" feelings for.

I really enjoyed Jordan's voice and her interaction with her team members. I was afraid the account of an almost 18 year old girl discovering love for
4.5 stars

“ How can you be in love with someone for forever
and not be willing to take a chance when it finally
hits you in the face like a linebacker?”

Miranda Kenneally did a fantastic job with her debut novel Catching Jordan. I don’t think I’ve had as much fun reading a book since Anna and the French kiss. It had me sitting on the edge of my seat for four days. I was actually annoyed that I decided to read it over the Christmas break, as I either had endless family members over or had to go out
Aug 28, 2012 Jen rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.

Hmm. I am perplexed. I had a very difficult time believing the majority of this book. Let us start with the positives, shall we?

Jordan is one of the most kick ass quarterbacks in Tennessee. She is 6 feet tall, she has a cannon for an arm, she has the respect of her all-male teammates and her coach. They've ALL got this girl's back. She's a LEADER. And yet, she's got this group of guy friends with whom she's been thick as thieves for years. Can you imagine having a bunch of football pla
Kellie Maddox-Ward
Nov 11, 2012 Kellie Maddox-Ward rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-na
“It’s not that guys aren’t interested in me, because they are, it’s that most of the guys I know are either:
1. Shorter than me;

2. Pansies;

3. On my team;

4. All of the above.”

So you read the synopsis? Figure it's a straight forward YA Jordan and Ty hook up and HEA?

Catching Jordan caught me off guard by how much I liked it, and with its twists and turns!
First of all let me say as an Aussie I HAVE NO IDEA about NFL! Only what I see on movies and books and sometimes ESPN, but I still liked this
Jul 27, 2015 Beatrice rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This book has been on my TBR for ages and I'm so glad that I've finally read this. I must say this book is a fun, quirky and light read. I started this last night and I am instantly hooked with it. If you want some quick & relaxing reads, I highly recommend this one.

I really like the characters in this book. I simply adore Jordan Woods. She's a team captain and quarterback in their school football team. Her leadership and toughness just made admire her. I always admire sporty female charact
Dec 31, 2015 Sophie rated it it was amazing
Since Jesse's Girl is due for publication, I thought this would be the prefect time to re-read the entire Hundred Oaks series, and my Book Depository voucher sold me on purchasing physical copies. The second read of this book was even better than the first. During this time, I was able to understand stuff a whole lot better, and connect with the characters even more.

Catching Jordan is about Jordan Woods, the captain and Quarter Back of her school's football team. As a girl, she suffers with some
Rachel Harris
I loved this book!!!! My intention, when I started reading this a little after ten o'clock last night, was to read a couple chapters and go to bed. Um, yeah. That didn't happen. The next time I looked up, it was 5 am and I was finished. :-)

I loved Miranda Kenneally's characters. The guys were both funny and hot, there was the right blend of realistically bitchy girls and girl next door fun, and the protagonist was so completely endearing and likable.

I am from the South where football is king, a
Eh, 3.5 stars.... This was a nice surprise! Honestly, this book has been sitting on my shelf for ages and for me it was really one of those books you add to your TBR list because you've heard great reviews, but it's also at the bottom of your list so you really don't expect to get around reading it.

Well, I'm glad that I did.

This was a pretty solid read. There were some moments where I felt it to be all too predictable, and far off on the cliche side, and my oh my the never-ending melodrama was
Fantastic! I loved meeting Jordan and Henry again, and I absolutely loved this short, but sweet and adorable glimpse at their past.

In this short prequel to Catching Jordan, Kenneally shows us how much Jordan and Henry cared for each other even before they both realized that what they had was more than just friendship. It's almost Christmas and Jordan knows exactly what she wants to get for Henry. The ideal Christmas gift is pricey, though, and while that's not a problem for Jordan, Henry is too
Kristin Hackett (SuperSpaceChick)
Originally posted on Super Space Chick:

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally is the first book in the Hundred Oaks companion series. It follows a girl named Jordan who is the only female football player in the high school football league during her senior year of high school. It took me a little while to warm up to Jordan because football is not my thing but midway through the book I got used to her character and the way her teammates interact and I was able to enjoy the story going forward. It w
Jennifer Lane
Apr 25, 2014 Jennifer Lane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports, young-adult, funny
Fun Football Story!

Young Adult Sports Romance is my kind of genre, and I loved this book.

Jordan Woods is a high school senior who's captain and quarterback of the football team. When I read this premise, I was a bit skeptical. Could a girl possess the upper body strength and speed to excel at such a rough game? However, Jordan quickly won me over--she's six feet tall, the daughter of an NFL quarterback, and can zing insults with the best of her male teammates. She's crushed that her father ignor
Krista Ashe
Nov 20, 2011 Krista Ashe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-111-of-2011
WOW!!! Can I give it 10 Stars?!!! I just devoured this book today! I couldn't put it down!!! You must read it too!!!

It's a scary thing reading a friend's book, and yes, I'm honored to call Miranda a writer buddy. I met her on Twitter, did ALA in 2010 with her in DC along with another writer buddy. I had a teary moment when I saw my name in the Acknowledgements. A squeeworthy, teary moment!

So, when you have a history, you're so afraid you won't love the buddy's book or it won't live up to the h
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Cute story that gets points for uniqueness. Even though you can tell the book is a romance from the title and cover, I didn't expect there to be quite as many boy problems as there actually were. I think the story would have been so much better if about 10% of the book was cut because there were a few parts that seemed to be repetitive.

However, the story was a fun read and I enjoyed it. Bonus points given for the sports theme (and copious amounts of football references, both pro and college) an
Jan 03, 2013 Sam rated it it was amazing

I was kind of skeptical with this book at first even though it had very high ratings and it was in my to read section for like a year until I finally read it. But let me tell you it deserves every single one of those amazing ratings. I wasn't that excited about reading it cause the cover didn't really appeal to me and the description didn't really capture me but both those things don't do it any justice. The characters are relatable and likable. The plot is unique, the conflicts really get you
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
Sorry, but I just can't. Too many stereotypes (cheerleaders are Evil, you know?) and a love triangle hell.

Okay, so I was going to dnf it, but I felt bad, because, you know, really great reviews.

I waited until Jordan stopped annoying me.
She didn't.

I waited until Henri stopped acting like a childish man whore (yeah, that exists, apparently)
He did, but too late.

I waited until Ty stopped acting like a control freak.
He did, but too late.

Oh, but there is a pattern here I think!

The only character I e
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Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.

Note: I don't answer direct messages, but do answer questions on Goodreads and Twitter
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