Morsels {1} – Quick Reviews

Publication Date: June 20th, 2011
Acacia Publishing
Format: Paperback, 117 pages
RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars
SUMMARY
While other high school seniors are dreaming about their futures, Sophie and Carter are just trying to make it through each day. Carter is overwhelmed by issues at home as he struggles to support his mother. Meanwhile, next door neighbour Sophie is left to care for her three younger siblings in place of their absent and troubled mother. All that holds these two best friends together is each other, and knowing that each night they’ll sit together on Sophie’s front porch swing and escape from reality, if just for awhile. But as their relationship reaches a turning point and high school graduation nears, will their friendship become something more?

This little book was a short read. It’s a story about Sophie and Carter – best friends since they were kids. They’re also next door neighbours but at school, they pretend they don’t know each other. Which is okay if you’d never even acknowledge each other’s existence. But that’s not the case with these two. At home, they’d had to bear witness to each other’s daily heartbreak; they’re each other’s pillars of support; the lights at the ends of their tunnels. Their situations at home were far from ideal but no one outside of their little world knew about the realities of their lives. With graduation upon them, they’re becoming more and more restless about their relationship. They both wanted more but were too afraid to ruin what they have.

The lead into this book deceived me – the cover, even more so. My first impression of this book was that it was going to be a fast and light read. Be forewarned, this is a heart grinder. When I got past all the throat-clogging scenes, I was smiling tearfully. Because at the end of it all, I was glad they still have each other.
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Publication Date: December 1st, 2011
Sourcebook Fire
Format: Paperback, 288 pages
RATING: 3 out of 5 Stars
SUMMARY
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 on 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 starring position on the team… and has her suddenly wishing to be seen as more than just a teammate.

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for a while. I thought this was something I’d enjoy, and for the better part of the book, I did enjoy it. I love football – almost just as much as reading. So how could I not be salivating about a story of a girl who happened to be a quarterback good enough to be on Crimson Tide’s radar? Anyway, all the football lingo was something I’m used to hearing because I’m a HUGE nutso about this sport. I thought it was also interesting to read about how Colleges and Universities recruit players. Although I was a little put off with Jordan’s naiveté and the way Alabama used her. I guess I can’t blame her for having blinkers on.

This book was just an okay read for me. The relationships between Jordan and the two guys vying for her attention was a bit rushed, especially with the person she ended up with. There was no slow realization for this girl. It just HAPPENED. I spent the entire time swooning over the other guy only to be disappointed that it was all a waste. Don’t get me wrong, the person she ended up with was so much better for her but the author spent about just a quarter of the book building it up. My heart didn’t flutter with the happy ending.

FLAG!

Stereotypes Galore. Dumb jocks and equally dumb cheerleaders. Truth or Dare. I don’t miss high school. Nope.
Sexist Neanderthals. Her father used the ol’ I just don’t want anything to happen to you excuse to be a jerk when it comes to Jordan’s desire to keep playing football.  The coaches. The players. Ugh. I supposed it was to be expected. But it was still annoying to read the opinions of these oafs.

Yes, I know. This is a work of fiction and the possibility that a SEC team would recruit a girl as a quarterback is just as realistic as Auburn and Alabama players having a sit down dinner without killing each other. Like I said, the football element of this book was entirely believable. It was the relationships that got to me.

  • Great review! I'm hoping I love Catching Jordan, but I'm a little worried about the stereotypes (and the relationships, of course) that you mentioned. It's not that I don't believe those stereotypes exist, but I feel like they're over used and not quite realistic because not everyone fits those stereotypes. I remember some of the cheerleaders & athletes in my high school were near the top of the class. Freaking SMART. I don't know…maybe it's just my experience. ;p lol

  • ooh so sophie n jordan , great , tnx