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[Review] Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Book: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Publication: December 1, 2001 by Sourcebooks Fire

Rating: 3/5 stars

Summary (Amazon): 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 book sounded so promising and I was so sure that I would absolutely love it. I mean, it’s a football book where the female main character is the school’s quarterback. And look at that cover! What’s not to love?

Unfortunately, while I enjoyed the story overall, I didn’t love the it as much as I had wanted/expected to. Here are my thoughts in list form (sorry I’m running low on creative juices so, you get what you get today!):

What I Liked

  • Jordan. I really did like the main character a lot. She was smart, funny, and one tough cookie. I have mad respect for any girl who can hold her own on a team full of guys.
  • The friendship between the teammates. I liked seeing Jordan interact with both JJ and Carter, they had such a great bond and it proves guys and girls can be friends. They were protective of her, but also let her fight her own battles. It seemed like a perfect
  • Marie and Carrie. I loved how they threw Jordan’s mental image of cheerleaders completely upside down. They both seemed like the sort of girls I’d have been friends with.
  • The relationship between Jordan and her mom. Her mom was so supportive and at every single game and every single practice. I always enjoy seeing active parenting in a YA book.
  • Also, the relationship between Jordan and her brother Mike. I loved that he supported her both in football and when she was having personal issues. It’s good to see siblings get along so well!
  • Football. Have I mentioned how much I love Football? I’m counting down the days until college ball starts back up!

What I Didn’t Like

  • Ty. I didn’t see him as being a believable crush. I guess this is where I need to suspend my jaded adult view of things, but it seemed too sudden and it was all based on the fact that he was hot. I just had a hard time buying it. And I didn’t like the drastic personality changes he seemed to undergo, it was a bit confusing. And worrisome.
  • How the Henry/Jordan thing went down. I just didn’t find it all that realistic for teenagers, aside from the “i’m not speaking to you for weeks” thing.
  • The constant cursing. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I curse enough to make a sailor blush, so it’s not that I’m anti cursing. I just felt it was a bit overused in the book, regardless of how often teenagers actually curse, and it definitely could have been toned down.

All in all the positive outweighed the negative and I enjoyed the read. It’s definitely worth picking up if you love YA contemp with strong female characters. Also, the companion book, Stealing Parker, will be out in October.

 
 

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[Review] Miracle by Elizabeth Scott

Book: Miracle by Elizabeth Scott

Publication: June 5, 2012 from Simon Pulse

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

Summary (Amazon): Megan is a miracle. At least, that’s what everyone says. Having survived a plane crash that killed everyone else on board, Megan knows she should be grateful just to be alive. But the truth is, she doesn’t feel like a miracle. In fact, she doesn’t feel anything at all. Then memories from the crash start coming back.

     Scared and alone, Megan doesn’t know whom to turn to. Her entire community seems unable—or maybe unwilling—to see her as anything but Miracle Megan. Everyone except for Joe, the beautiful boy next door with a tragic past and secrets of his own. All Megan wants is for her life to get back to normal, but the harder she tries to live up to everyone’s expectations, the worse she feels. And this time, she may be falling too fast to be saved….

My Review: I honestly don’t know what I was expecting when I started reading Miracle. This was my first Elizabeth Scott book and all I knew her was that she writes contemporary YA fiction.

Miracle was a fascinating read. There’s really no other word for it. It’s all too easy to see how Megan’s trauma could go overlooked in the wake of her survival from the crash. Her parents are too blinded by their relief at the fit that she’s alive to notice that Megan hasn’t been able to re-adjust to life after the crash. It’s understandable, but it was still heart wrenching to see Megan suffering and see that her parents don’t realize that she’s hurting. I couldn’t help but feel angry at her parents throughout most of the book for being so oblivious.

I had a hard time understanding the other characters as well. Her best friends were quick to welcome her home and wanted to believe she was the miracle they all though that she was. But when it become obvious that Megan was acting completely different that she had before, they got angry at her rather than try to help. I felt that they were too wrapped up in their lives and wanted everything to be exactly the same, they weren’t able to understand their friend had been through an ordeal beyond their experience.

The characters of Margaret and David del the most real to me. They both understood that something was different with Megan, however they both reacted and dealt with it differently. Margaret with the understanding of a women who has seen far too much in her life and David with all the maturity of a ten year old boy. David’s reactions made me smile even when he was being infuriating because I felt that Elizabeth Scott capture the character of a put out younger brother perfectly, he understood that there was something wrong with Megan but he didn’t understand what or how to deal with it.

The book moved at a quick enough pace, but I felt that overall the plot was a bit disjointed. It felt like the disjointedness was doing intentionally to help the reader understand what Megan was experiencing, however it felt like there was something missing to really drive that point home. I’d have preferred a bit that was a bit longer and had a more fleshed out story and characters. There was so much potential in this story and overall it fell flat for me.

I’m glad I got a chance to read Miracle, but I’m not so sure if I’ll be rushing out to buy any of her older books. Anyone want to give me some reasons why I should? Have you read Miracle and want to share your thoughts on it?

 
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Posted by on 12 June, 2012 in Book Reviews

 

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