Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Giveaway, A Guest Review and An Interview... Oh My!

Mickey over at I'm A Book Shark is stopping by the blog today and tomorrow to share a review, give us an interview and host an incredible giveaway! See her review of Catching Jordan below and come back tomorrow to read her fun interview as well as enter the giveaway for some awesome swag!!

Mickey's Review of Catching Jordan by

Miranda Kenneally

I received this book through Around The World ARC Tours. This is my honest review:

WOW! I was pleasantly surprised by this book!! I knew the basics: female high school football player finds new prospective football player attractive. But goodness, this is deeper than that. She also has a best friend and college prospects and a jerk NFL dad.. lots of stuff going on in this book. It never gets boring or drags. This novel keeps you entertained from page one. I really, really enjoyed it!!

Jordan Woods is a girl who loves to play for her high school football team. She's the captain and starting quarterback. Her team respects her, and she's never really all that girly. She can't stand the cheerleaders and doesn't have many female friends. Things start to change when Ty Green comes to her high school to play football.

There is quite a bit of swearing (which I must say I enjoyed with no apologies) and sex talk (but nothing too descriptive and also enjoyed). Jordan is a football player after all, so she hangs out with a lot of guys and basically acts like one most of the time as well. She's a fantastic main character, but she seemed to cry a whole lot. And her dad is a total jerk most of the time, but he's also a guy who doesn't know how to express his feelings. That seemed to be a recurring mistake for lots of characters in this novel.

This was almost like a funny episode of Friday Night Lights with a female lead. And with swearing. Okay, it isn't much of an FNL episode, but I bet a lot of FNL fans will appreciate the football aspect of this novel! The football games are spread out and short enough to keep a girl's attention. It's very much a satisfying, awesome debut YA novel!! So glad I read it!!

Bottom line: This is a fantastic, sporty YA book. It's different and fresh. Loved it!

Rating: 4.5/5 book sharks

Read more of Mickey's amazing reviews over at her blog I'm A Book Shark

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