Kenneally, Miranda. (2011). Catching Jordan. Naperville: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Subgenre: Sports, Realistic Fiction
Textbook Chapter: 6
Possible Curriculum Connections: College Readiness; High School Literature Class
Catching Jordan is a wonderful novel about a female football star named Jordan Woods. Jordan's father, Donovan Woods, is a star quarterback for the Tennessee Titans, and her brother is the starting quarterback for the University of Tennessee. Obviously, football is Jordan's life, and she has big dreams of playing college football at the University of Alabama. However, Jordan's father does not want her to play football because he is afraid she will get hurt, and this creates major friction in their relationship. Jordan has always been one of the guys, and her best friend Sam Henry practically lived at her house. However, Jordan suddenly becomes "girly" when new football player Ty moves to town. Jordan and Ty hit it off, and are soon in a relationship. However, Sam Henry starts acting strangely, and Jordan soon finds out that he has always been in love with her. After some tense times, Jordan realizes that she has always loved Sam as well. They both end up looking at playing college football in Michigan, and realize that they need to be together. Jordan's dad also recognizes her football talent and helps her find the right college. Everything ended well!
Personal Reaction/ Why Teens Would Want to Read this Book:
I loved Catching Jordan! It was definitely an easy read, and it went by very quickly. The novel would appeal to both males and females, because there is a love story mixed in with a sports theme. Teenagers could also relate to the characters in this story. The characters struggle with love, preparing for their future, losing friendships, and relationships with thier parents. The characters in the story were typical high school students, and I think they were very real characters. I really enjoyed this novel because it was very light... there were not too many heavy concepts, so it made for an enjoyable pleasure read! I would recommend this book for high school students.