|AUTHOR: Miranda Kenneally|
SERIES: Hundred Oaks, book 1
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire
PUBLICATION DATE: December 1, 2011
SOURCE: my library
GIVE IT TO: HS girls
WHAT I LIKED: Awww...so sweet! Catching Jordan was the only Hundred Oaks series book I had not read (ironic, since it's the first in the series), and as with Stealing Parker and Things I Can't Forget, I fell in love with Jordan's story as well.
If you haven't tried any of the three books in the Hundred Oaks series, I encourage you to give them a whirl. Each book tells the story of a different Hundred Oaks High School student. While romance is central to all three books, the protagonists (all girls) also deal with other life issues--a neglectful father, best friend arguments, what to do after high school, community gossip--in realistic ways. I love that the characters are never perfect and make plenty of mistakes and the fact that the romance doesn't come easily (no insta-love!).
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Maybe a bit predictable. Some of this is my own fault for reading the other two books in the series first, but I would have figured out the story anyway. I devoured this book (and the others) in one sitting, so the predictability clearly didn't bother me too much!
THE BOTTOM LINE: Every book in this series is sweet, cute, and fun. The engrossing story and engaging plot make Catching Jordan a great choice for high school girls who don't like to read.
STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: We have it, but I am moving it to our "high school collection" due to sexual content.
READALIKES: Stealing Parker (Miranda Kenneally); Things I Can't Forget (Kenneally); Nantucket Blue (Howland)
- Creativity: 4/5
- Characters: 5/5
- Engrossing: 5/5
- Writing: 5/5
- Appeal to teens: 5/5
- Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5
- Language: medium; some profanity, including fu** and sh**
- Sexuality: medium-high; kissing, off-the-page loss of virginity
- Violence: mild; two boys fight
- Drugs/Alcohol: mild; beer is mentioned but no one partakes
Have you read any books in this series? What do you think?
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