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Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
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Apr 06, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, arc-galley-or-author, sweet-romance, series, by-color-green
Read from December 03 to 11, 2011

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. From Jordan and Henry, to JJ, Carter, Ty and the girls, and even the family members – they were all so great that I wished for them to be part of my life. They filled my day with their jokes and their joy and for a moment, between laughs, they made me miss my old friends from high school. I could have hugged them all and take them home, that’s how much I like them.
“When unrequited love is the most expensive thing on the menu, sometimes you settle for the daily special”

The cover:
It’s beautiful. In fact it’s what caught my attention back in April when I saw it for the first time.
Also there’s something about that line between the boy and the girl – maybe it’s not supposed to have a meaning, but the book is all about crossing the line – with the guy Jordan liked, with her friends, with her family, her choices and options, and so on.


As I found out, Jordan is the girl, and it’s funny because before reading the book I was so sure that Jordan was the guy in the story, LOL.
Anyways, I really liked her. She had this optimism like an aura around her words, and even with all her insecurities and her problems she seemed to know where she was standing and she seemed to be enjoying her life.
I liked in a way how Jordan reacted when the guy she liked didn’t make a move. She was like: “ok, you don’t want me, it is not the end of the world, there are plenty of fish in the sea, I’ll find someone else (in fact I have someone else), let’s see how you like it”. And I was like: “finally a girl with something between her ears that doesn’t spend all her time moping around”. She didn’t just wait for him, crying in a corner (even though the guy of her choice was not the best she could have found, and also there were plenty of tears involved here and there).
As a side note I’ve also noticed that she seems to like (and want) mostly the things that she doesn’t have, but.. don’t we all? Maybe this is another thing that made her ‘real’ (as a character can be). Because we all make mistakes. And sometimes we don’t realize what we have until it’s too late, but don’t we all deserve another chance?
“I didn’t know crushing on a guy would require me to up my calorie intake.”


For about 2/3 of the story (more or less) he was the best character ever. The cute one, the funny one, the one that makes you laugh until you choke, the one that you want to give breathless hugs, the one that you want to kiss for being so sweet, the one with a “take me home” sign on his forehead.
I would have given this book 5 stars if Henry wouldn’t have started at some point acting like an emo jerk (no offence to emo or jerk people). I wanted to stuck him and Jordan in a room for 7 minutes (even though they need more than 7) to figure out what was wrong with them.
Anyways, I liked how Henry supported Jordan with everything, even when supporting her was breaking his heart.
He was a good friend.. that is until he wasn’t a friend at all. But at the end he was cute again, thanks god!
“I love how when we sleep head-to-toe,
he always finds a reason to sleep head-to-head instead.”

I thought that he was supposed to be the bad guy, playing with Jordan’s feelings for his own interests. I waited for him to show his real face and let me tell you that when he finally did I was a bit surprised – but not in the way I’ve expected it.
I couldn’t make myself like him, mostly because he was so damn controlling. Yes, there was a bit of a tragedy there, I understand that, but he was too much of a drama queen for my taste. He is the only character I couldn’t really understand as his moods changed all through the story. Maybe he was a bit instable because of what happened in the past, maybe he was just there to fill in the space between Jordan and Henry (to make the story work) and the author didn’t pay enough attention to him… Who knows. The fact is that he remained a mystery to me, and not one that I wanted to uncover.
“I’ve never been to a dance, and I’ve certainly never worn a girly evening gown dress thing. [...] It had better drive Ty crazy, because I can’t breathe in this damned thing.”

I guess there’s no need to repeat myself, still I’m gonna say again how much I loved all Jordan’s friends.. Guys and girls. They were awesome and cute, and they had their own moments to star in the story and I laughed like crazy at their jokes. They were so.. alive, if you get what I mean. The dialogue was realistic and fun, and they made me want to know more about them (e.g. about Carter and his relation with his father, or Ty and his family)

I liked them all, from the parents to Mike (the big brother) and his friend.
Even if I wanted for more the half of the book to punch Jordan’s father in the face.. with a baseball bat, he was really nice in the end, and I liked how even when he didn’t agree with Jordan’s choices (to play football) he never told her not to.
Also, helping Ty and his family was so nice of them.
Jordan: You know what I think about dreams?
Ty: (smiles slightly) What?
Jordan: That if you spend too much time dreaming, you’ll stop actually doing.

Sweet moments:
- Henry’s victory dance
- the fake baby
- truth or dare
- Ty and Jordan’s first kiss
- Henry pretending to be asleep
- my splash is bigger than yours :p

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Book source: ARC from the publisher, via Netgalley. Thank you!

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Reading Progress

12/11/2011 page 84
29.0% ":D this book is cute! i like Henry and i really hope that Ty won't become a jerk by the ending..."
12/11/2011 page 104
36.0% ":)) I wish i had a fake baby in highschool too, LOL ;))"
12/11/2011 page 120
42.0% "I want all these guys to be my friends.. Can I take them home? :D"
12/11/2011 page 125
43.0% "Hahaaa, i remember hating so much 'truth or dare'.. Not only because i thought it was lame, but also because i never got to kiss the boy i liked, LOL"
12/11/2011 page 148
51.0% "Touchy-feely and supportive, huh? Oh sweetie.."
12/11/2011 page 160
56.0% "Ha haaa.. My splash is bigger than yoooours... lol, i could sing all night. These guys are hilarious!" 2 comments
12/11/2011 page 288
100.0% "100 pages.. That's how long I wanted to punch Henry for being so dumb, but I will take that "lifetime supply of cookies and lemonade" after all ;))"
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Comments (showing 1-22 of 22) (22 new)

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Mary Hope u like it. For me it's fun and awesome.

Ariana I love it so far, they are all so much fun;))

Heidi I am feeling guilty for not getting this one read.

Ariana It's really cute, Heidi. I think you will like it when you'll get to read it :)

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Laura Damn, Ari! I had a plan! A “what to read next” plan! Your review just messed it all up! :D I want to read this one NOW! Haha…wonderful review! :)

JoJo - JJJ (Jo Anna) Janesko Great review Ari. This book sounds really good.

Jasprit Awesome review Ari I love you in-depth analysis of the characters. Laura I exactly know what you mean I think my read next plan is constantly changing I was meant to read the vincent boys but got side tracked. But I'm definitely planning on readin this next :)

JoJo - JJJ (Jo Anna) Janesko I love how we all get sidetracked. One book is shinier than the last.

Ariana Thanks girls.. I really hope that you will like this book as much as I did, otherwise you'll gonna plan next how to kill me, LOL.

And i know how plan works.. You make a list, you know what to read, when to read, why you read it, and then you never follow it.. Oh, no, that's just me making plans, ooops ;))

shiny, shiny, shiny.. And i am reading none of the books i said i will.. I am reading Touch of Power and I'm loving it :D

~Tina~ This is a really well done review! Good stuff:)

Ariana Thank you, Tina :)

Scarlet Heavens Isn't Jordan blonde?

message 13: by Ariana (last edited Jan 29, 2012 10:25AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ariana Oh.. Maybe, but in my mind she had it brown and I never bothered to check, LOL!
Thanks for telling me though ;))

Scarlet Heavens No problem, I have a hard time picturing her as a blonde too :)

Jackielou De Leon I laughed so hard at henry taking jerry rice sooo seriously hahaha

Daphne i totally agreed. i also really like that cocky older boy who played football and kind of sexually harrased Jordan. I know we wern't supposed to like him, but he sounded soooo awesome!!!

message 17: by Alex (new) - rated it 5 stars

Alex did you draw theses? these are the best!!!

Ariana No, they are from DeviantArt. You can click the images to get to the original artworks.

message 19: by Alex (new) - rated it 5 stars

Alex Kool!

Imperviouspuff Those illustrations fit their image perfectly :)

message 21: by Sara (new) - rated it 5 stars

Sara I LLOOVVVEEE this review!! and this book!!

Ariana I loved this story too, it was so much fun to read. ^_^
Did you read anything else from this author?

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