Monday, January 28, 2013

Book Review: Hooked by: Liz Fichera

Release Date: January 31, 2013
 from Harlequin Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

"When Native American Fredericka ‘Fred’ Oday is invited to become the only girl on the school’s golf team, she can’t say no. This is an opportunity to shine, win a scholarship and go to university, something no one in her family has done.

But Fred’s presence on the team isn’t exactly welcome — especially not to rich golden boy Ryan Berenger, whose best friend was kicked off the team to make a spot for Fred.

But there’s no denying that things are happening between the girl with the killer swing and the boy with the killer smile...

GET HOOKED ON A GIRL NAMED FRED."


My Thoughts:

Fun fact about Teresa: I have been playing golf since I was about 9 years old. For years I dealt with all the “girls don’t play golf” crap and having to prove myself to the boys. Heck it still happens today. So it is not a surprise that this book caught my attention immediately. I just knew I had to read it. At the same time though, I was worried. As someone who knows golf, I was worried that it wouldn’t feel authentic and that I would be able to find discrepancies simply because I know they game. However, it is clear that Liz Fichera knew what she was talking about. She portrayed the game of golf perfectly and I was addicted to the story. 

Fred was a girl I immediately took a liking to because she was strong. She took her spot on the boys team even though she knew it would be difficult and that everyone would be waiting for her to fail. At the same time though, things did bother her and she did break down. At times the bullying got to be too much and yes I do consider what she had to deal with bullying. She is only human and at times she doubted herself. She was real and relatable and I loved it. 

Ryan on the other hand is what we could consider the typical pretty boy jock. He is not nice to her in the beginning; in fact he goes out of his way to be mean. However, he can’t seem to stop thinking about her and he finally realizes that “duh” he likes her. While Ryan was not the most likable in the beginning, I still came to love his character. This is because he owns up to his mistakes and tries to correct them. Like Fred, Ryan is not perfect, he is real and relatable and he really does try. 

I think my favorite part about Hooked was that I could really feel the characters emotions. I got nervous and excited and upset right alongside the characters. When Fred stepped up to take that first swing in front of the boys I could literally feel her anxiety and I flashed back to many similar moments I have had in my golfing career. Then when she miffed it, I cringed alongside her. Maybe I felt this way because I have been in the exact situation before, but I also think it had a lot to do with the way the author portrayed the situation. She did a wonderful job of portraying the emotions and not just describing them. 

While I loved the story as a whole, I do have one complaint. There was a lot, and I mean a lot, of drama in this book. We all know I eat up the drama, but only to a point. Towards the end I just got to a point where I was like “seriously, again.” Just when you thought things might finally get better, something else seems to get in the way. I was quite aggravated at certain side characters at one point. But I digress; this is a small point in a much bigger picture. 

All in all, Hooked is a great contemporary read and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a contemporary with a bit of a different twist. The story is cute and fun, but it also touches on the difficulties of being different. Simply put, I cannot wait for the next book: Played.

8 comments:

  1. It's great that the golf aspect worked for you. But I know what you mean about too much drama. . I've read really varying reviews for Hooked. I think it's a book I may like.

    Great review, Teresa!

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  2. Great review! I have had my eye on this book for some time and I think I might pick it up now. I love contemporary books so I think I will really like this one. The whole golf aspect to the story definitely sounds interesting and I can't think of any books that I have read that involves golf.

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    1. The golf aspect deff gives the story a different spin, but it still has everything you want in a contemp. Hope you enjoy!

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  3. This sounds great, and I'm so happy that the author portrayed golf accurately! Fred sounds like an awesome character, though the bullying aspect is heart-breaking. Aside from too much drama, I think I would enjoy this one! Great review!

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    1. I think you would enjoy it too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I have been waiting for your review on this one! This sounded so interesting when we talked about it previously, and I just couldn't wait to see your full thoughts....I am so liking this btw. I always love stories like this where the girl always has to prove something and catches the attention of the hot guy...so swoon y! LOVE IT! I can't wait to read this and meet the characters. But, the drama..I understand. It gets tiring after a certain point..*sigh* ...I think I'll just over-look this minor point. :s But, glad you enjoyed it overall! :)

    Brilliant review!

    ~ Maida

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    1. Haha yea I tend to hoard reviews and wait forever to post them. This way I always have something scheduled. Plus sometimes it takes a while to compose my thoughts.

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  5. I also enjoyed Hooked. I didn't know there was a sequel to it, so now I'm really excited :) I agree with you about the drama becoming a bit much, though. Amazing review!

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