Monday, 28 January 2013

Hooked - Liz Fichera

Hooked (Hooked, #1)Hooked - Liz Fichera
Grade: YA
Rating: 4/5 Stars

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...


(Description taken from Goodreads)
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You've got to love books that don't shy away from the big issues: racism, gender inequality, addictions and abuse, social and financial differences. And this wonderful book explores it all.

Hooked is about a called Fred (yes that's right, a girl) who is a phenomenon golfer. She gets spotted by her High Schools golf coach who convinces her to join their losing boys Golf team. Unbeknown to Fred, in order to make room for her on the team the coach had to let one of the old players go. The players are the popular rich white boys of the school, everything that Fred's not, and to say they aren't happy is an understatement. Especially Ryan, whose best friend spot on the team was taken by Fred. But what happens when Ryan starts noticing more about Fred then her golf swing?

I loved Fred. She is such a strong female character. No matter how hard her life got (be it school, the team, her family) she always soldiered on with her head held high. She had goals and wouldn't let anything or anyone stand in her way. Bravo! Now that's a role model for kids today. More characters should be like her.
Unfortunately I can't say the same for Ryan. I honestly didn't like him for 95% of the novel. He knew his rights from his wrongs and yet he never had the guts to stand up for his beliefs. He was weak and kept on making horrible decisions. Although he redeems himself at some stage, by that point I was hoping Fred would end up with Sam (the very scary looking but incredibly sweet friend). Now there's a good guy character! I cannot explain how excited I am for Sam's book. I just know it’s going to be amazing.

Other all, Hooked is a great novel that isn't afraid to ask the hard questions, and for that I applaud Liz Fichera.


Originally Posted on Goodreads


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