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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Catching Jordan Review & Catching Up with Miranda

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Grade: 3.5 stars out of 5
“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 on 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 starring position on the team... and has her suddenly wishing to be seen as more than just a teammate.”
Who says girls aren’t athletic? This book says that girls can and are just as athletic as boys in a male-dominated sport. Jordan is an athlete that many can aspire to be: focus, determined, with a good head on her shoulder. And just as some women athletes are concerned about appealing to the opposite sex, Jordan goes through the same thing. Sometimes it’s easy to be one of the guys and harder to be a “girl”. When hot stuff comes up and messes with Jordan’s mojo, you can’t help but experience the same fluttering anxiety that she does. Because many of us have gone through that.

Catching Jordan extends its reaches from just sports fans, but to everyone who has experienced crushes…sometimes all consuming ones.

That’s not to say that football doesn’t play a big role. Expect detailed games and rules on how to play from Catching Jordan.

Characters I liked: Jordan’s dad. He may seem like a jerk but he has good intentions. Sports are dangerous; I understand his reluctance to let Jordan play football. Jordan is his “little girl” in a heavily dominated male sport that will treat her differently even if she is better than most guys.

Jordan’s mom: really encouraging and a great solid parent figure.

Characters I’m iffy on: Jordan and JJ. JJ is very crash and much like a stereotypical male who’s looking to get laid. He’s very protective of Jordan and does crossword puzzles.

Jordan, separate from what she stands her, I found very frustrating. Like most YA books it seems that as soon as hot new guy comes along, they lose most of their brain cells and common sense. She’s very ambitious and head-strong that fails to see what’s right in front of her. Instead she likes to live her own little world at times.

Characters I can learn to like: Tyler and Henry and Carter. Scratch the surfaces and these characters can offer so much more.

Catching Jordan’s potential far exceeds than what the novel offered. I could have loved the book so much more.

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Source: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: 2011 December 1; paperback

And an interview with the lovely author!:

can totally see them in Superbowl
Do you think sports promote a healthy lifestyle or can it become an unhealthy obsession?
I think anything in life can become an unhealthy obsession - from video games to spending too much money to working out too hard. Any activity in life should be done in moderation. But overall - yes, sports and being active are very important to healthy living.

Do sports promote teamwork and companionship or does it promote aggression and competition?
I think it all goes back to the coach and/or captain. If the leader promotes teamwork and companionship, then the team is more likely to pick up those qualities as a whole. Likewise, the same goes for aggression and competition. But if a person ever feels like his or her coach or captain isn't doing right by the team, then it's that person's responsibility to step up and act in a responsible manner.

Curling = exciting!
What is fantasy football and how do you play?
Fantasy football is when you choose a team, using players from all of the different teams in the NFL. I am pretty lazy, so in the past when I've done fantasy football leagues, I usually just use an online site to manage the team and players, etc. But you can plan using regular ole paper and pen too.

Which teams do you think will make it to the Super Bowl? Who will win?
Green Bay will play either the Patriots or Baltimore. But I bet Green Bay will win.

What other male dominated sports do you think would benefit from a little female competition?
I'd love to see a female pitcher or outfielder in Major League Baseball. 

What is the most obscure sport you can think of?
Curling! Oh how I want to be on the U.S. Olympic Curling Team. Literary Agent Michelle Wolfson would be my curling partner.

What is your favorite sport and why?
Softball. It's my favorite because it's the only sport I'm truly good at!

Favorite mascot?
Wally, the Red Sox mascot, who is named after the Green Monster outfield wall in Boston. He's so green and cute.

What are some foods you enjoy after a good game/workout?
Whole wheat bagels with peanut butter or creme cheese. And pizza!

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