Catching Jordan

Catching Jordan

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Miranda Kenneally's first book in the beloved sports romance Hundred Oaks series! Love is the toughest game to play...
Athletic superstar Jordan Woods is the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. Her teammates, including her best friend Sam, all see her as their leader and 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 Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he's also amazingly cute. Meanwhile, Sam is her rock - he supports Jordan's dreams even when her traditional dad doesn't - but suddenly things feel different between them. For the first time, Jordan's feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart's on the line?
Catching Jordan is the high school football romance to sweep your heart away!
Other teen romance books by Miranda Kenneally:
Stealing Parker
Things I Can't Forget Racing Savannah Breathe, Annie, Breathe Jesse's Girl Defending Taylor Coming Up for Air Four Days of You and Me
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 140 x 209 x 18mm | 347g
  • Naperville, United States
  • English
  • 1402262272
  • 9781402262272
  • 49,055

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"Catching Jordan is a lovely, realistic portrayal of one girl's journey through senior year, and it is definitely a book I'll be rereading when I want an awesome, feel-good, make-me-smile story. This is definitely one you don't want to miss!"-From A to Z" - From A to Z "This is a book that made me laugh and cry. A book that made me want to hug its characters and shout at them. It was impossible to put down and if you just think that you might like this, pick it up immediately. I love it!"-Fictional Distraction" - Fictional Distraction "This book was a wonderful example of what can be great about contemporary YA and I really enjoyed it!" - EX Libris "I would definitely recommend Catching Jordan to football fans and people who like strong, female characters. I loved the message this book sends!"-Hippies, Beauties and Books Oh My!" - Hippies, Beauties and Books Oh My! "Bottom line? This is the book that made me want to read more contemporary. Absolutely five stars out of five, and if you haven't already ordered your copy, you really ought to get on that."-Coffee Life Love" - Coffee Life Love "If you are at all a fan of contemporaries or contemporary romance, you must add 'Catching Jordan' to the top of your list. I'm so glad I read it, and I've already ordered a copy for myself."-Book Labyrinth" - Book Labyrinth "All I can say is wow. I absolutely adored this book!"-Reading, Writing and Waiting" - Reading, Writing and Waiting "Once I started I could not stop reading and managed to finish the book in a few hours." - Much Loved Books "A great novel that will keep your engrossed. Even someone like me know knows absolutely nothing about football was totally engaged in the game." - Book Obsessed "A fun story and fantastic characters make this an easy one to love." - The Busy Bibliophile "This, along with Wanderlove are at the top of my brand new books-that-weren't-that-sad-but-made-me-cry list. It's just one of those things where the author hits something in just the right spot and it's extraordinary. " - In the Best Worlds "The story in general was well written and full of emotion that was well presented. I love that (American) football was present in the story even though I really don't know all that much about it. Sports stories are a new idea for me but I really like this one." - Rescue Reads " A good read for my first sports related book!" - Tracy's YA Lit "This book was just so real... Kenneally always keeps it real. This was an excellent, super satisfying read." - Heather Anastasiu "Catching Jordan was a refreshing burst of light in a field of tired contemporary fiction novels. A one-of-a-kind main character that you can't help love, a sweet romance, great examples of friendship, and a prominent family subplot." - Alison Can Read "Miranda Kenneally's debut novel is a quick read that teens obviously love based on what I'm seeing in my classroom. It has plenty of appeal including sports, friendships, love and relationships" - Y.A. Love "An enjoyable read. I really look forward to reading more by this author!" - The Reader Bee "even if you are not a football fan, you can still be totally invested in the story and not feel overwhelmed by it." - Beyond Limits "Catching Jordan is a very enjoyable and entertaining read... Catching Jordan is something different in today's YA, and it's a fun, quick read that kept me turning the pages." - Let Them Read Books "Jordan is an engaging and unique character; she is someone I feel I haven't met in previous forays into YA contemporary fiction, and she left me wishing that there was a greater variety of characters, of both genders, in all of the books that I read. " - Manga Mania Cafe "For a truly enjoyable and smart romance, Catching Jordan should be your first pick." - Mermaid Vision Books "Loved this book! It's been such a great read. I highly recommend it for a light fun read!" - Book Nerd "I really enjoyed reading this novel" - Blogster "This contemporary novel easily passed all of my expectations making it a perfect touchdown. 5 Stars " - Stalking the Bookshelves "Miranda's writing is fabulous and full of energy. Read it. Read it soon!" - Miss Page Turner's City of Books
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About Miranda Kenneally

Growing up in Tennessee, MIRANDA KENNEALLY dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliche!), 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. Visit
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Rating details

61,330 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 35% (21,207)
4 30% (18,633)
3 24% (14,559)
2 8% (4,710)
1 4% (2,221)

Our customer reviews

I really enjoyed this book! The characters are fun and truthful and most of all true to themselves. I love how Jordan is determined to get a football scholarship even though she would be subjected as being a girl quarterback. Her relationship with Jordan is a wonderful example of best friends and I quite loved how they were so comfortable together. It was pretty obvious that Sam was in love with her. It was sweet, and as much as Ty was such a hottie and a good guy I was definitely gunning for Henry! Can I just comment on the very realistic eating habits of these teenage football players?? I loved how much they gorged on food. It just reminds me of my boyfriend and his best friends. Loved this book! It’s been such a great read. I highly recommend it for a light fun read!show more
by Giselle SM
Catching Jordan makes me more attached to the Young Adult (YA) Contemporary genre. This book and everything like this book is the reason why I've been shuffling through YA contemporary romances. I just can't get enough and now I have to find another book to fawn over! This was a wonderful novel about a female quarterback star going through Highschool, trying to figure out how to be a girlfriend, play some football and impress some recruits to get into an epic football program in college. I simply adored the storyline, the protagonist, her team (filled with guys) and her best friend. Jordan is the perfect character that teenage girls, who are tomboyish, can relate with. You know what they say, connecting with the readers is everything. And at this point, Miranda Kenneally has nailed it! No matter how hard I try to put the book down, I couldn't. The book was a breeze to get through. The writing style and dialogue is perfect for its target audience and was incredibly clean and easy to read. The plot was unpredictable. The characters, Jordans friends, her brother and even her parents, were so easy to connect with that made it hard for me to pick my favorite character. Yea, it's that hard sometimes. Though there were lots of hilarious characters there were some that really infuriated me. The big one being Tyler Green. You'll have to find out why he was my least favorite yourself by picking up the book. Catching Jordan is an absolutely wonderful book for teens especially when you're down in the dumps and you'd like to pick yourself up again. A definite comfort read for those who'd like to step out of their life for a bit. Personally, it was exactly what I needed. Please, tell me there's a book two!show more
by Najla Qamber
I never even watched a football game before reading CATCHING JORDAN and now I have absolutely no idea why. The story is already so good, but the football parts make it even better. There are hot football players, practices, actual games, football jargon and the team dynamics we got to experience. Authentic and fun! Isn't it impressive that Jordan Woods is captain and quarterback of an entire football team? A male football team. With totally hot and gorgeous boys! And that position is definitely not undeserved. Jordan is a great player even though she is a girl...because she is a girl. A big part of the story is about Jordan fighting for her chance to get an athletic scholarship and play college football. She is very committed and fights hard for her dream and she's got exactly the combative spirit I'm always looking for in a female protagonist. But as in everyday life it isn't directly easy for Jordan to pursue her dreams. Yep, throw in some prejudices and obsolete ways of thinking. A girl and football aren't equal for some of the characters in CATCHING JORDAN. Her father isn't happy about the situation of his daughter playing football and even other professional people involved with the sport don't take Jordan serious. Time to proof them wrong, right? This story is so much about overcoming the obstacles life throws in your way and just being the person you've always wanted to be. CATCHING JORDAN encourages boys as girls to follow their dreams, regardless how hard it might seem. So now that Jordan is the only girl in an all male football team, the story is very much about being friends with boys, too. There should totally be more stories about that. Jordan's friends and fellow team pals are JJ, Henry and Carter. Probably the most fun and sexy and best friends a girl could have. I loved them as individual characters with very different personalities and their interactions in the group. I'm glad that a girl being their captain wasn't an issue at all. And I really liked how Jordan was already an integrated and highly respected member of the team. The boys are so cute when they want to protect Jordan! Family. Friends...what's missing? The looove story. And CATCHING JORDAN has it, believe me. A really good one by the way. Starting into the new playing season with a new member on the team romantic feelings start invading Jordan's thoughts. And Jordan's thoughts do not only circle around winning the next game anymore, but boys. Boys?! Especially the boys on her team! Here lies another conflict that starts occupying Jodan's mind from now on. There are two boys for Jordan and I want to keep it simple: Henry won my heart!! He is such a cheeky and adorable boy, the best friend and partner a girl could wish for and I really really wanted Jordan to finally see that love has been right in front of her eyes all the time. You are going to love the super cute romance. There are sweet kisses, denial, missed opportunities, hesitant approaches, secret admiring and finally, finally getting the boy who's utterly in love with you for just the right reasons. Miranda's writing is fabulous and full of energy! Not even a ravenous giant of a football player could have losened my fingers from CATCHING JORDAN for a second after I started it. Read it. Read it soon! THE VERDICT CATCHING JORDAN is the awesome debut by Miranda Kenneally that I counted to my favourite YA contemporaries after only a few pages into the story. I'm sure you will love it!show more
by MissPageTurner
Catching Jordan was such a fun, sporty and hilarious read. i always love it when there is a theme in contemporary novels, such as music, or sports. The book revolves around Jordan, a senior high school student, who is the school star quarterback for the guy's team, and is GOOD at it, and you know what else? Jordan is a girl. I loved how her teammates respected her, and weren't intimidated by a girl being their leader, but at the same time other people and universities treated her like the poster girl for the team, which frustrated her and I; Even her dad was against her playing reason being he doesn't want her to get hurt. Her dad and older brother both play in teams. While this frustrated me, its how reality is. The author didn't draw a pretty picture of it, in truth sexism and discrimination against women exist, even in the most advanced countries. Now back to the story; What was unrealistic is how her guy friend, Henry, who is 17 like her, sleeps over at her house, in her room, and sleeps on the same bed. What family would allow a hormonal teenage boy to sleepover in their daughter's room is beyond me. What was also brought to my attention is the amount of, lets just say, explicit talk going on in the book. Since Jordan always hangs with the "boys" you can guess where the conversations usually end up; so much vulgarity going on, but I guess that's a realistic drawing of how guys are nowadays, unfortunately. The story was cute, fun, and a nice change from how contemporary novels usually are. I loved how strong, confident, and independent Jordan was, but at the same time you get to see her vulnerability, and how hurt she is by her father's rejection to her playing. This book is definitely for older teens; and i hope more books are written with sporty themes, they're just so much fun! Fans of Shut Out by Kody Keplinger should definitely read Catching Jordan by Miranda more
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