(Website, Twitter)Series: Hundred Oaks #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on December 1st 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Dating & Relationships, Dating & Sex, Family, Football, Friendship, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Romance, Social Issues, Sports & Recreation, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
ONE OF THE BOYS
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 Green 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?
Her entire life, Jordan Woods had always been one of the guys. She lived and breathed football and didn’t have time for anything else. Sure, she liked boys, even found them cute sometimes, but she had always just been friends with them—nothing more. I cannot give Miranda Kenneally enough praise for making football feel like a girl’s game—no, Jordan’s game. She ruled the field and she didn’t make any qualms about letting everyone know that this was what she wanted to do—and she was good at it.
I read Defending Taylor, book eight in the Hundred Oaks series, before I realized that it was a series. My favorite part about the book was that it discussed real issues in YA, it made the characters relatable and honest, and I wanted more. Catching Jordan was at the top of my list, and it did not disappoint. Kenneally made it believable that a girl would play football and that she would be good, even great, at it. Jordan’s issues were real, though, and didn’t shy away from the gender biases, such as girls should be cheerleaders and boys should play football. She also had to deal with the awkward first crush, Ty Green, and what happened when relationships started shifting and changing. Her senior year in high school didn’t turn out like she had planned, but Jordan became a better person, player, and friend because of it.
Ty Green, Jordan’s rival and infatuation, had what most girls would want: the good looks, the protective spirit—but he was missing something. I didn’t know how to take his and Jordan’s relationship for a large percentage of this book, and it seemed shallow. Hot football player and hot-shot female football player date—sure, that’s believable. But that was about it—and that’s how Kenneally wanted readers to feel, I think. Sometimes relationships just don’t click, and thank you so much for pointing that out, Kenneally!
Now Sam Henry and Jordan had a deep connection. From the beginning, I loved him, even though he had his “man-slut” tendencies. Those blonde curls and that Cracker Jack football charm stole my heart. If you don’t fall head-over-heels in love with him, too, I’m convinced there’s something wrong with you.
I want the rest of the books in this series! I’m about as coordinated as a horse on ice skates, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t jump up and shout for the girls that play ball better than the boys. Miranda Kenneally showed us that, yeah, some of us play like girls—and maybe that’s better than playing like the boys. She threw out some of the stigmas attached to tomboys and gave a love story and friendship that I enjoyed reading.