This book, probably rated PG-13 for all you youngsters out there, really made an impact on me when I first read it in eighth grade. Like I said in my description last week, Catching Jordan follows Jordan Woods, a senior in high school… and star quarterback. The twist is that Jordan is a girl, which makes her laying football a little crazy. Throughout the book, author Kenneally teaches her audience real life lessons through football, high school, and poetry.
First off, this book teaches you to follow your dreams no matter what people around you say. Jordan’s father, Donovan Woods (who, in the novel, is an NFL quarterback), doesn’t support her dream of playing football in college. Still, she continues to fight through her senior season to earn a spot on a team.
Also, I learned from Catching Jordan that sometimes even though everything seems right, it’s okay to want something different. Jordan starts dating Ty, who is a perfect gentleman and not to mention hot. Still, she feels like there’s something missing in her relationship with who seemed to be the boy of her dreams. And, guess what? Everything turned out okay!
Plus, Jordan turns out to be a football player and a poet, proving that it’s okay to have different, conflicting interests. It’s funny because Jordan’s so outspoken throughout the book, yet she’s able to harness what she’s feeling to create poems with some actual meaning.
Enough with sappy lessons, though. The book was written in an easy-going, teen-oriented way. I didn’t have to think too hard to understand what was happening, and it was a quick read. The plotline always included some kind of action or attention-grabbing event. I loved how realistic and honest Kenneally made Jordan as well. After all, the novel ends with “We’ll just have to see.”
Most of all, I loved the characters in this novel. As I’ve mentioned before, I get way too attached to fictional characters. With that said, the “people” in this book stole my heart. From the all-man linebacker JJ to the brainless cheerleader Kristen, I found something endearing about almost everyone. My favorite character was Sam Henry, Jordan’s best friend. There was something about him that was so loveable and wonderful. If he existed, I would want to be his best friend… is that weird?
Because I’m rereading the book for the fifth time right now, I’m rediscovering all the things I loved about the novel before. We all have those favorite quotes here and there that we forget about over time, but when we rediscover them, it’s a great moment.
For instance, one of my favorite quotes possibly ever occurs in this book: “When unrequited love is the most expensive thing on the menu, you have to settle for the daily special.” I’m not sure why, but it brings a smile to my face.
I hope that I did this wonderful novel enough justice that you might pick it up either at a library or on one of your devices. Though it has a bit of crude humor and is rough around the edges, I think we can all learn something from Jordan Woods. Happy kommenting :)