Hooked – 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…
GET HOOKED ON A GIRL NAMED FRED.
As many of you know by now, I run away from contemporary novels. It is no secret that I prefer werewolves and vampires over the reality of the world. I find it difficult to sink myself into a good contemporary book. Is it from fear or disinterest? Who knows. But I have made it my mission of 2013 to read more contemporary pieces. Last year, I fell in love with Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols and Tilt by Ellen Hopkins. After reading those, I knew that contemporary might just be my new obsession.
Hooked is a romantic story about a Native American girl named Fred who has off the charts amazing golf skills. The coach of her high school’s boy’s golf team notices her skills and immediately kicks the weakest link, Seth, off of his golf team and replaces him with Fred. Being torn between loving golf and fearing the hostility that she may experience from the rest of the guys on the team, Fred really doesn’t know how to view this new opportunity. What she does know is that this could be her opportunity to actually get into college. The first Oday that would ever happen to. So she sets her mind to try and ignore the rest of her team and try and have a good time. If only it were that simple.
Ryan is a white, rich kid who just happens to be on the golf team with Fred. He also happens to be Seth’s best friend. And what does Ryan do when he discovers that a girl took his best friends spot on the all boys golf team? He seeks revenge. Unfortunately, Seth has bigger plans for Fred.
Soon enough, Fred and Ryan start to form a bond that neither truly understand. They have these feelings for one another, but they also know that neither would ever be accepted by their friends and families. Join Fred and Ryan on their adventures through golf, betrayal, racism, love and acceptance.
I found Hooked to be such a sweet romance story. There were times that I found it difficult to tear my eyes off the page. I simply wanted to read more about these two characters who were finally learning to let judgment go and to follow their hearts. I instantly fell in love with Fred’s character. She was spunky and went after what she want, but, at the same time, she was quiet and fearful of the people who considered themselves to be better than her. I loved her from the instant that she was introduced, and I found myself wanting to defend her so many times. She was such an inspiring character to read about. I simply loved her.
It took me a little longer to like Ryan’s character, because I found him to be an arrogant asshole. It is just common sense not to bully or pick on people because they celebrate a different culture or have a different skin color. Being white or white and rich does not make you a better person. It really doesn’t. So what if you’re white? Good for you. I am too. Someone could be blue, purple, pink or orange, and I would still consider them an equal unless they gave me reason not to. It didn’t matter that Ryan wasn’t 100% bullying Fred himself. What mattered was that he wasn’t stopping his friends from doing so. Sitting back and watching the bullying take place is just the same as doing the bullying.
I loved that this book was about sports! I love sports. I’m the crazy person you will see on football Sunday, screaming bloody murder at my television. I get so worked up that I STILL can rant over the Steelers cheating their way through that damn superbowl. The Seahawks deserved that game. You obviously know who my team is. I’ve never really followed golf. It’s more of a boring sport for me, but I really enjoyed reading about it. I didn’t really understand all the golf terms, but that was ok! Liz Fichera let me know who won each time and that was all that really mattered. I really loved the sports theme, and I hope to see more of that in the future.
On a negative note, I do wish that there would have been more romance throughout the story. It was adorable to watch their romantic hesitation throughout the story, but I wanted more. I wanted to witness that moment where sparks flew and the romance glued itself together. That didn’t really happen for me, but I did really enjoy the story. I also didn’t like how Fred went into a sort of depression when things between her and Ryan went sour. Not being able to eat and sleep over a guy really bothers me. Don’t get me wrong, I like guys to, but I’m not going to harm my mind or my body over them. I’m way more important than that, and I wished Fred would have also realized that.
Now let’s talk about Seth and Gwen, my two least favorite characters. It was hard for me reading about these two characters. Not only did I hate them with an extreme passion, but I wanted to see them acknowledge how horrible and racist they were being toward Fred and Native American’s in general. I had to keep telling myself, though, that that was not realistic. Once a racist, always a racist. It would have been unrealistic for Seth and Gwen to become buddy buddy with Fred and admit all their wrong doings, so I am glad that that didn’t happen. But I hated them.
The topic of racism was a little difficult for me to read about, because I already get so aggressive over people who admit to having racist feelings. I simply do not put up with it. Skin color does not a person make, and I have no patience for people who think they are better than everyone else due to their skin color. I thought it was very brave of Liz Fichera for introducing this to the YA genre, and I really hope everyone goes out and picks up this book.
I believe that the next book is about Riley and Sam which makes me SO EXCITED! I loved both of them in Hooked, and I cannot wait to read more about them. SO EXCITED! Make sure you guys read this one! Really good!
Publication Date: January 31st, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Teaser Quote:“I looked back at Ryan, a dozen new questions filling my brain, then down at our hands, then back into his eyes. Confusion. Frustration. Pure agony. Ryan’s gaze met mine. He didn’t release our hands. My breathing stopped. I needed water but didn’t – couldn’t – slip my hand away from Ryan’s, even though I knew with every brain cell that I should.”