As a Southern girl, I’m probably supposed to know a lot more about football than I actually do. I think that I’m one of the only people who live in Alabama who cannot throw a football, and I don’t actually know anything about the game other than the fact that touchdowns are good. So when Catching Jordan showed up on my doorstep, I wasn’t exactly thrilled. A book about a girl that plays football? And falls in love? To me it sounded like a predictable, generic teen romance with added sports jargon that I wouldn’t understand. Sure it would be nothing more than a cute, quick read, I finally convinced myself to open it.
Three hours and a forced dinner break later, I was considering flipping back to the first page and starting it all over again.
Jordan’s character is much more relatable than I originally assumed she would be, and her relationships with the other members of the football team are really enjoyable because they’re just so honest and funny. It’s true that some characters are never fully introduced, and it takes a little time to figure out who’s who, but the relationships that develop are worth sticking around for. Kenneally’s writing is simple and witty in a way that keeps you hooked from the very beginning.
Although I was expecting football to absolutely overwhelm the story, it is portrayed in a straightforward way that doesn’t overshadow everything else. The reader is left with a sense of what’s going on in the game, but can focus more on the plot than on the plays. Kenneally took a risk with something that could have fallen very flat and come off as predictably boring, but we ended up with a really cute novel that has some depth, too.
Jordan’s story is so much more than just a tale about love. It’s about growing up, making tough decisions, and figuring out what’s truly important to you. Pick Catching Jordan up to read while traveling during the holidays, but I would bring a few other books, too—you will definitely want to finish this one in one sitting!
Natalie loves reading, writing, and reading about writing. If she hasn’t yet figured out a way to be paid for simply reading books, she hopes to be a book editor when she grows up.