Review: Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks #1) by Miranda Kenneally

Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: December 1, 2011 by Sourcebooks
Series: #1 (Hundred Oaks)
Length: 288 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)

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 Greeen 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?”


This is such a great book to read during the summer! I went into this book without knowing anything. I just picked it up because it has been reviewed numerous times and ended up being rated as 3.5/5 stars and above. I was so surprised when we are introduced to the main character, Jordan, because she happens to be the freakin captain and quarterback of her school football team! Holy smokes! I really like how the book was not only revolved around football, but also friendship, problems, family, and romance. I liked the characters because you could tell them apart and they each have their flaws. They were witty and likable.

The book is told from Jordan’s perspective. She’s fierce, funny, and acts like a tomboy. As the story goes, she becomes less tomboyish because of Ty Green – the best quarterback in Texas. I love how the whole football team has Jordan’s back. I think that’s really cool and the team is just super funny which made the book a light read. Jordan and her father’s relationship is really interesting. Even though her father is a famous football player, not once did he attend Jordan’s games, and he never supported her. That’s definitely one of the things to look out in this book. You could relate to some of the characters as well, and I like how the characters changed so much in this book.

The only thing that I didn’t like in this book was there is a love triangle which I found weird. Also, when the story got to the middle, it became super weird! Jordan tells us throughout the book that she’s not a girly girl, isn’t interested in boys, but she and Ty were together for less than a week only and they freakin DID it. I thought it was weird because that’s not how Jordan’s personality is. That part just didn’t fit the story and should’ve not been included. During the middle of the story, I think the characters’ personalities changed way too fast and should’ve been slowed down.

Overall I recommend this especially if you’re looking for a light, ya contemporary summer read. If you’re up for a book with a bunch of twists, then this is the right book for you.

5 of 5

9 Responses to “Review: Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks #1) by Miranda Kenneally”

  1. 1 Kezia D June 13, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Oh no I thought there was no love triangle in this book! I might read this because I’m in the mood for summery YA contemp but I I think I’ll find it unrealistic and weird too if the couple just starts dating and they do IT a few days later…lol

    • 2 Leigh (LittleBookStar) June 13, 2013 at 2:19 AM

      Same here, I was not expecting the love triangle at all. The first half of the book was just awesome and then the 2nd half is what brought down my 5 stars rating. I really wanted this book to be one of my favorites, but the MC’s decisions were just wrong and didn’t fit her character. They were too abrupt.

  2. 3 Alise June 15, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    I actually didn’t mind the love triangle too much, just a bit at times. I agree this is a great summer book! 🙂 I love Jordan as an MC.

  3. 5 Sara @ Forever 17 Books June 15, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    I’m glad to hear it’s a story where the football team has her back and supports her. I still need to read this for myself so I’m glad to see you liked it. 🙂

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

  4. 7 Molli June 15, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Fabulous review, Leigh! The love triangle was weird for me too, because it started out with me thinking one guy was right for Jordan, and then quickly realizing I wanted her with the other guy. And some of the ways she behaved (like having sex with Ty) although probably realistic were still kinda “WHAT?!” because they were so OOC for Jordan. But all in all, like you, I really liked this one. You should check out the companion novels. 🙂

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

    • 8 Leigh (LittleBookStar) June 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      Aw thanks Molli! Although the love triangle was a bit weird, I like the twist, and I think Jordan’s transformation in her behavior just happened too quickly. I actually already own the companion novels 😀 Will read it next month!

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