Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Posted May 4th, 2015 in book review / 24 comments

Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda KenneallyCatching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire on December 1, 2011
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 283
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: four-half-stars


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 Green 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?

At A Glance

So many amazeballs.

The Good

I want to have this book’s babies! Seriously. I loved this book. I was a bit apprehensive because Racing Savannah was just meh for me, which is the first book I read of the series. But now I finally know what the fuss is about with this series. I loved the sports, friendship, and humor.

Jordan is so awesome. I love a girl who fights the norm. I can only imagine how hard it is for a girl to become a quarterback in an all male football team. I love football but it’s a rough sport. You have to honest with yourself, a girl is more likely to get hurt in the game. We usually don’t have as much body weight and muscle mass as guys. It sucks but it’s true. But that doesn’t mean we can’t play the game just as good as the boys, and Jordan proves that. She is badass and 100% committed. Then the new guy, Ty, comes, with his quarterback awesomeness, and ruins everything. Or makes it all better. Honestly, a little bit of both.

I liked Ty in the beginning. He had a hard last few years and your heart can’t help but go out to him. He really is  good guy. He doesn’t actively try to replace Jordan as quarterback, but he is good, damn good. You can only imagine how Jordan is twisted up inside as Ty becomes the new, shiny toy in town and she can’t help but become fascinated with him like all the rest.

Then we have Henry. Henry was an amazing friend to Jordan and always had her back in the game. I didn’t suspect his feelings towards Jordan for the longest time, just like Jordan didn’t. But when she finds out, drama-city! Things get mega complicated.

I love how everything turned out. It’s not necessarily perfect, but it’s realistic in a satisfactory way. Jordan ended up with the right guy in the end.

The Bad

There is only one thing holding me back from giving this 5 stars. Henry’s attitude and reaction to some things were annoying. It felt wrong based on his character from the beginning. And it wasted a lot of time.

The Snuggly

We get a love triangle but I was cool with it. There is some smooching but that’s it. Very YA.

Final Thoughts

This is a must read. Especially if you love sport romances. It’s the best sports romance I have ever read actually. So happy I gave this one a chance. Very, highly recommended.


“When unrequited love is the most expensive thing on the menu, sometimes you settle for the daily special.”


“You know, there’s no more dangerous creature on Earth than the teenage girl.”


“This must be the weirdest thing a football coach has ever seen: two quarterbacks making out.”  


“A wise man once said, ‘Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.”  


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24 Responses to “Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally”

  1. Lekeisha

    I’ve come across this series a few times in the past month, so it’s pretty popular. Glad that you enjoyed it!

  2. kindlemom1

    Yay yay yay! This is still my favorite book in the series, I just loved Jordan and Sam and the best part is that we get to see glimpses of them all throughout the other stories, especially in the last one Jesse’s Girl, you will love it!

  3. Braine

    i am digging YA contemporary romances too. As long as it’s sweet & not too angsty I’m game

    • Jennifer Bielman

      It wasn’t too angsty but I figure all YA has at least a small bit of angst.

  4. Kristin

    This is a fun series to read. I didn’t read RS because it didn’t sound like something I’d like but I did enjoy Catching Jordan. 🙂 GReat review.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I honestly thought I would like RS, I was surprised how boring it was.

  5. Benish

    Yes to girls who fight the norm! I like reading about sporty girls, although I don’t play any sports myself. Lovely review,

  6. Christy

    Yay! This is my favorite of the series. I don’t know if you know, but the first 3 books take place kind of close in timeline, but then Racing Savannah jumps 4 years. That’s part of what made RS so fun for me, it was like the Hundred Oaks: The Next Generation. lol. It was cool seeing younger brothers and sisters (Ty’s sister). But Jordan and Henry are my favorite couple!

    • Jennifer Bielman

      OMG, I didn’t know that. I am excited to see more of Jordan and Henry as a couple.

      • Christy

        There were appearances by the couples of the first 3 books in RS and also Breath Annie Breath. Jordan is in BAB a little too. If you would’ve read the books in order you would’ve recognized them in RS! LOL

        • Jennifer Bielman

          LOL, what can I say, I got a free copy of RS so I read it first.

  7. Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    Haha, it’s always promising when you start off a review saying you want to have the book’s babies! xD I’ve read Breathe Annie Breathe and the one before that one in this series – really want to read Catching Jordan, it seems like the strongest in the series.

    Lovely review, hun <33

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I am for sure trying the other books. I am hoping my meh feeling for RS was unique.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Yeah, the triangle felt different. I totally forgot Christy loves this series. We often love the same books.

  8. Haraiah

    I love this books so much I’ve reread it a few times already. I’m glad you did, too! Honestly, this is the only book in the series (so far) that I loved this much. The others that I’ve read were just okay, and some I didn’t like.

  9. Olivia

    I hadn’t heard of this book before now, but it honestly is amazing! I love the idea of the girl going into a completely male team and kicking some furious butt. I dunno if I would ever be confident enough to do it, but she sure can :3

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