What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

There was a lot of buzz around the interwebs regarding Miranda Kenneally's Catching Jordan, so I thought I needed to check it out for myself.
Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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 now there's a new guy in town who threatens her starting position... suddenly she's hoping he'll see her as more than just a teammate.

What I Liked: 1) The premise. This book has a ring of feminism to it that I definitely enjoyed. The whole idea that Jordan is this girl who is making her own way in a prominently male atmosphere really has a good message to send. 2) Jordan exploring her femininity. It was actually very sweet to see Jordan becoming a little more girly, and discovering that she could be girly and still be respected on the football field. 3) Love that cover!

What I Didn't Like: 1) Nothing for me to connect with. I felt like the characters were one dimensional. They stayed very flat on the page, instead of springing to life like my favorite characters always do. And the plot was the same, predictable and one dimensional. It's hard for me to get lost in a story when I can't find something to connect with. 2) Lots of stereotyping. I know that sounds weird, since the main character is a girl who plays football. There was nothing else unique about this story. Guys can play football and be polite at the same time. I was very turned off by the assumptions made about people in this book.

Overall thoughts: I know I'm in the minority when I say that I just wasn't able to get into this book. I felt the characters were unremarkable and the plot was predictable. That being said, Miz Kenneally did present some excellent themes that I appreciated and enjoyed. I'm curious to see how she expands and grows her talent in the books that she writes in the future!

My rating: 2 shots

1 comment:

  1. Oh dang. :( I've heard pretty good things about this book so far and I have it on my Kindle so I'm really curious now. I know it's a rubbish feeling when you just can't seem to connect with the characters and there were many times when the same thing happened to me, even though everyone seemed to love the book in question.

    Thanks for your honest review!

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