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Catching Jordan

RECOMMENDED: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally is $1.99 right now. This is a YA friends-to-lovers story that was recommended by both Jane and myself during out most recent podcast. This book has a 3.89-star average, and readers particularly liked the heroine's ambition and determination to excel as a quarterback.

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 Greeen 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?

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Book Just a Summer Romance

Just a Summer Romance by Ann M. Martin is $1.99. Martin, creator of The Babysitters Club series, wrote this book, which was originally published in 1987. This digital edition is from Open Road Teen & Tween. Reader reviews say the writing is aimed at middle-grade readers, but what caught my eye was a review from a reader who says this was one of her very first romances, and another who says she used to read this book twice a year when she was a teenager. 

Melanie’s first love is the boy of her dreams—can she make the relationship last after summer is gone?

Fourteen-year-old Melanie is spending the summer on Fire Island with her family when she meets Justin Hart. Handsome and mysterious, he seems as interested in her as she is in him, but insists that their relationship can only be a summer romance.

After summer ends, Melanie tries to let go and starts dating another guy back home. But Justin isn’t easy to forget—especially when Melanie sees him on the cover of a magazine! The star of a new show, he has clearly forgotten all about her. Or has he? Melanie is determined to get in touch with him and find out just what she meant to him last summer.

This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Ann M. Martin, including rare images from the author’s collection.

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Book Tiger Eyes

RECOMMENDED: Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume is still $1.99. This is a YA coming of age novel from Judy Blume. After her father is shot, a girl and her mom move to New Mexico for a fresh start. I read this book at least ten or twelve times as a teen, and still remember specific scenes in the book, particularly those involving Davey's grief, her discovery of her strength, and her very quiet feelings for Wolf. While the content may seem a little dated to more current audience, readers felt the book's themes transcend age and time. It also has a 3.8-star rating on GR.

Davey has never felt so alone in her life.

Her father is dead (shot in a holdup) and now her mother is moving the family to New Mexico to try to recover.

Climbing in Los Alamos Canyons, Davey meets mysterous Wolf, who seems to understand the rage and fear she feels. Slowly, with Wolf's help, Davey realizes that she must get on with her life.

But when will she be ready to leave the past behind? Will she ever stop hurting?

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    Andrea D says:

    I have had a fondness for stories about female quarterbacks ever since seeing Helen Hunt in Quarterback Princess way back when, so I am looking forward to reading Catching Jordan.

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    Tabs says:

    Andrea D: It depresses my mightily that there’s no dvd or streaming version of the Quarterback Princess anywhere to buy.  Because holy crap would I give that my money.

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    Tabs says:

    Whoops! I spoke too soon.  It turns out you can buy it made-to-order from Amazon.

    http://www.amazon.com/Instant-Video/b/ref=sv_mov_8?ie=UTF8&node=2858778011

    That scene were the football team goes dress-shopping?!? **dies**

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    Andrea D says:

    @Tabs:  OMG.  It’s been years since I last saw it.  Thanks for the info.  I may have to buy a copy.

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    CK says:

    @Andrea D: LOL that’s exactly the reason I started reading Catching Jordan. I still have fond memories of Quarterback Princess :)

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    CelineB says:

    I have been trying to remember the name of Just a Summer Romance for years! It was probably my first romance book. I read it so many times. I kept thinking it was called Firefly Island. I’m definitely buying it!

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    Susan says:

    @Tabs.  Wow, I’d never heard of DVDs manufactured on demand before.

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    Elinor Aspen says:

    I have fond memories of watching Quarterback Princess as a teenager with my family (it was a made-for-TV movie). Being a football fan myself, I had read an article about the real Tammy Maida and pointed out that she was actually her school’s homecoming queen, not princess. My dad snarkily replied: “Yeah, but Quarterback Queen is an entirely different movie.”

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    cleo says:

    I think I saw Quarterback Princess – the team going dress shopping rings a bell.

    I recently read Catching Jordan and I thought it was cute. The romance is understated and there is a love triangle. The football stuff rang true to me. I did get annoyed with Jordan during the middle part of the book.

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    Jan says:

    I haven’t read Catching Jordan but I loved the Dairy Queen Trilogy by Catherine Gilbert Murdoch. It’s YA, amazing, and has jocks, cows named after football players, and D.J., who is trying to run her parents’ dairy farm after her dad has an accident, and who just happens to be a great football player. Too bad she’s in love with the quarterback. I’d read it just for her younger brother’s character alone.
    I, too, remember the dress shopping scene from Quarterback Princess. And when she and her mom were trying to make her a chest protector “Super Bra.”

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    Darth Clavie says:

    Oh, gosh, I hate Jordan. LOL
    She rubs me the wrong way mostly because she is judgy of other women and is very, very short-sighted.

    Though, as Jan said, Dairy Queen is really good! I like the first and second books best.

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