Monday, January 21, 2013

Review: Hooked by Liz Fichera

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...


Liz Fichera
Pub Date: 1/29/13
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Genre: YA
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Liz Fichera's debut novel, and subsequent series, will open the new year with a fresh YA contemporary outlook. Fichera's work will undoubtedly bring to readers' mind the likes of Simone Elkeles with its multicultural influence and realistic social issues between family, class and race. Fichera brings us a story rich with inspiration and such adorable cuteness that puts Hooked in a league of its own. Fredricka Oday is not a typical girl and proof is in her determination to pursue her passion despite opposition.

Fred is an amazing athlete, as well as a brave and sweet character. Her eagerness to play golf stems from her desire to win an athletic scholarship and do something extraordinary with her life, different from her parents and brother who never went to college, and not from the desire to spend time with rich white boys. Especially not Ryan Berenger. To Fred, Ryan seems to not appreciate that he has parents who can provide him with a normal, functional family life. And to Ryan, Fred is the poor girl from the rez who undeservingly takes his best friend's spot on the team. What's so great about the friction between these two is they both believe they know something about the other based on stereotype or a superficial observation. It's absolutely fascinating to read as they realize their unfair judgements and bond over golf.

Hooked is well-rounded with truly realistic characterization, a light humor that lowers readers' defenses, and a heart-warming storyline. I was able to really feel for Fred and the obstacles she had to overcome to meet her goals. I was first drawn to the story by the fact that Fred is Native American, secondly was her interest in golf and the courage she would have to have to join an all-boy's team. I've never been a fan of golf, but how Fichera relates the sport through Fred's eyes makes me feel like a fanatic myself. All in all, my expectations were met and exceeded! Do I believe readers will get hooked on a girl named Fred? Yes, indeed I do!

*Book provided in exchange for an honest review*



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