Series: Hundred Oaks #1
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: December 1st 2011
I saw someone review it before it was out and they rated it a 5/5. So I figured they couldn't be way off and decided to read it.
She can do a mean end-zone celebration boogie, but slow-dance at prom? Not a chance. 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 and has her suddenly wishing to be seen as more than just a teammate.
Jordan: She’s pretty awesome...insecure like majority of girls are but strong. She knows what she wants when it comes to her future and her favourite sport and works her butt off for it. She is definitely a new kind of character. I’ve never read about a female athlete in an all boys (basically) sport.
Jordan struggles with being a girl in an all-boy sport and on top of that she’s captain of her team. Let’s add a little pressure with her father being a top NFL player and then throw in the fact that he doesn’t support her and she’s a pretty inspiring character. And of course by the end of the book she is basically the same old Jordan but at the same time a whole new character as she’s torn down the brick wall that she always had.
Ty: He sounds pretty hot, although a little macho and of course is one of the reasons Jordan starts to crack because he threatens her position and her heart.
Henry: by far the second best character in the book. He is hilarious, hot, and just plain awesome. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the things he said and can just picture this fool walking around acting all motherly to their plastic child.
There wasn’t really anything wrong with this book. The only thing I found odd was how many times Jordan pushed Ty away when it was pretty apart to everyone that he liked her. Either Jordan was oblivious or super scared to kiss a boy but really I think that was the only thing unrealistic about this book.
There was something else: If I caught it correctly and Ty did what I think he did with Kristen before he started dating Jordan but while he liked her well that doesn’t say that much about his character and I have no clue how Jordan could have gone out with him.
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall this was an awesome book. The story line was great the characters were well developed and very different from each other. I could actually picture each character and they seemed pretty realistic like they were someone I knew from high school.
I was actually quite happy that Kenneally was brave enough to touch on the subject of sex and how sexually active teenagers really are. She didn’t sugar coat it which made it seem comforting as this wasn’t some complete fluff piece. This book was emotional (I cried a bit), inspirational, and funny.
Viewer Type Recommendation:
Anyone who just enjoys a great novel. If you’re a girl that likes sports, read it. If you like funny novels, read it. If you enjoy teen romance, read it. Like inspirational girls? Read it.
If you liked this you'll probably love:
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. She sort of reminds me of Katniss from The Hunger Games. And of course the character of Jordan is along the same line of inspirational girl stories as those from SarahDessen