January 14th, 2013

Review | Hooked (Hooked #1) by Liz Fichera

 

 

Hooked by Liz Fichera

January 31, 2013 | Harlequin Teen | 368 pages

Procurement

eARC via NetGalley

My Grade

Plot: 3

Setting: 5

Writing: 4

Originality: 5

Characters: 3

Romance: 3

Overall: 23/30 = 76% C

Title/Cover Bonus: 2

Overall

A pretty depressing story of an Indian girl named Fred on an all boys golf team who is subjected to routine bullying.

 Summary

When Native American Fredricka ‘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.

Trailer

Not my favorite book trailer ever. It’s actually pretty bad.

First Line

I believed that my ancestors lived among the stars.

Most Memorable Scene

The first time Fred and Ryan meet at the restaurant. Dropping cake into a guys lap is always a good time. Also, the day that Ryan and Fred spend together at the golf club.

Plot

I loved learning about Native culture and the description of the Reservation that Fred lived on. Fred’s family is a typical family with issues. They are low income and hard workers barely making by.

The major topic was bullying. The bullying aspect was so in your face it was very disturbing. I wish Ryan would have manned up a lot sooner than he did. I wanted a bit more of Fred’s brother’s character and Sam too. I am excited to hear that Sam and Riley (Ryan’s younger sister) are the main characters in the next book. I can only hope that the major topic is not bullying. I don’t think I can take another book solely focused on that.

Setting

The Reservation, their school and the restaurant that Fred occasionally worked at were the major settings. The golf course was the major setting. I envisioned this book beautifully. Nothing was left lacking, especially the reservation.

Writing

I have no issues with the writing. I liked that it wasn’t told from only Fred’s point of view but rather in third person.

Originality

My first golf book for sure. I didn’t feel overwhelmed by the golf and that’s a good thing because there’s a LOT of golf. So much so that the author felt the need to incorporate a glossary of terms at the end! I don’t think it was completely necessary. I think most people are pretty well educated in golf. Only not knowing what a par or birdie were hindered me. I always get them confused.

Characters

I really liked Fred’s character. Fred is a GIRL. It was a bit weird, at first, to see the name Fred for a girl. I must admit that it was slightly distracting to keep telling myself that Fred = girl. Fred is also a Native American or Indian as she is frequently labeled as such in the book. She is given the nick name of Pocahontas by her fellow golf team members, an all boys team. Fred is the only girl on the varsity golf team. She is really good, the best member of the team. She gets paired up with Ryan, which also happens to the be best friend of Seth, the boy who got kicked off the team so that Fred could join. To say that Seth was upset about this is putting it mildly.

Seth sets out to destroy Fred and he does a damn fine job of it too. I easy found Seth’s character as manic and homicidal. It doesn’t help at all that Ryan begins to feel an attraction to Fred which just adds fuel to Seth’s raging fire. There’s also Gwyneth, Ryan’s “girlfriend”. She’s a real winner….not.

Seth and Gwyneth are easily two of my most hated characters ever. They were the worst.

Romance

This book walked a fine line of mostly depressing. There was little to no swooning. Filled with mostly tension, Ryan and Fred make having a relationship one of the hardest things ever. The amount of adversary they had to overcome to be together was so much I was so tired for them at the end. There is a little kissing and a few shy encounters.

Title/Cover Bonus

A decent cover but highly deceptive; Fred doesn’t look very Native American to me, not enough to have her nick name be Pocahontas in the book. I wish we could have seen a golf club or golf ball on the cover. The cover is also pretty happy looking. This book was not a happy book. The title is catchy and is referenced in the book. The cover implies lots of steaminess. There is no steam.

Ending

Again, so many instances of sad or just awful situations for Fred and Ryan. I am glad that it ended on a positive note but wished it wouldn’t have taken so many awful events to get them were they ended up.

Series

The next book in the Hooked series is called Played and features Ryan’s younger sister and Sam, Fred’s friend from the reservation. I will read it in hopes of a happier book.

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