By Miranda Kenneally
Available December 2011
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 now there’s a new guy in town who threatens her starting position… suddenly she’s hoping he’ll see her as more than just a teammate.
This Blonde’s Review:
Jordan has always been seen as one of the guys. She’s a no-nonsense girl who is captain of the football team. She follows in the family footsteps, after her college football playing brother and her pro football father. Because of this Jordan knows she has big shoes to fill and has never allowed herself to be distracted. She never wanted to guys on her team to see her as less than they were, especially after hearing the way they talk about the girls they date.
Things start to change when a new guy moves to town. She’s attracted to him in ways she hasn’t been with other guys. She fights it at first, until she finds out that the guys on her team want her to be happy more than they want her to just be one of the guys. When she starts dating Ty things change for Jordan, just not in the ways she feared.
Since Jordan’s friends have always been guys she finds that her friendships with them change in ways she never expected after she gets a boyfriend. One of her friends is like a brother to her, another is a player who talks about girls like they’re toys, and the other guys are supportive but still just Guys. When she finds out one of them has had feelings for her that she never recognized it complicates her friendships even more, since everyone else thought she knew.
It was interesting to read a book where girls and guys do the typical girl/guy thing, but we see the guy take. Instead of hearing the girls trying to figure out if he Really likes her and becoming annoyed with him for only not being interested, we get to hear his take on the games she plays while she tries to figure it out. I did think that the author was a little too casual with how often she threw sex around in this book. It didn’t feel realistic since real life teenagers do place more importance on it than the author showed us. Having a few characters who don’t is possible, but there was one instance that felt extremely underplayed to me.
In the midst of the relationship and friendship issues Jordan was trying to chase her dream of playing college football. She had to look at what she wanted and what she was offered to see if she could make her dreams come true. Seeing her struggle and hope for the best was great, because I know many people do the same. I loved the way she was able to compromise and make things work for her in ways she could be happy with, even if it wasn’t realistic.
I loved that Jordan was a strong character who knew what she wanted and wasn’t going to let others decide her future for her. She wanted to play college ball, so that is what she worked to make happen. Even if her father wasn’t as supportive as she’d like. I didn’t enjoy seeing the way she’d reject the attempts her father made to spend time with her, but I loved the way the author made it possible for Jordan to see what was right in front of her the whole time.
Jordan was surrounded by such great characters. She had her wonderful guy friends, and I loved hearing some of the things Henry, JJ, and Carter would do and seeing the way they cared for Jordan. When Jordan was forced to let a few girls into her life I found myself loving them and wanting great things for them too. The only character I wasn’t sure how I felt about was Ty. I wanted to like him since Jordan did, but at the same time the author showed us some behaviors that threw up flags for me. The history Ty had made it harder for me to decide if his behavior was understandable or unacceptable.
I really enjoyed Chasing Jordan. I stayed up to read this one in one sitting and it left me with my heart feeling happy. That means it’s a win in my book and I’ll look forward to reading more by Miranda Kenneally
If you enjoy seeing a girl try to figure out her boy problems, friendships, misconceptions about other people, and her future all while filling a role that most people wouldn’t believe possible you’ll enjoy this story. Jordan is a great character and was surrounded by other characters you’ll enjoy and want to get to know better.