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February 18, 2013

Review of Hooked by Liz Fichera

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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.

add to goodreadsHooked (Hooked #1) by Liz Fichera
Publisher:  January 29, 2013
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen

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MaryAnn NewI am seriously on such a contemporary kick right now.  I can’t stop!  Hooked by Liz Fichera sured didn’t help me in kicking this new obsession of mine.  Hooked is another winner that I fell head over heels for!  And I think it wasn’t even the warm fuzzy lovey dovey feelings I was feeling throughout this book!  I absolutely adored the character of Fred Oday.

She is such a strong girl who struggles through the racism she has to face at her school because she is a Native American girl in a pretty Caucasian dominant high school.  And add the fact that she is now the only girl ever to join the school’s all-boy golf team, well…things just go from bad to worse.  Now add on top of that the fact that she took the place of a crazy boy who blames everything on her and is out for revenge?  Ehrm…worse seems like an understatement.

I loved the Native American beliefs and cultural traditions riddled throughout the book.  It made the story seem more real and gave the readers a better understanding of where Fred(ricka) was coming from.  From stories of what the meaning of a bird could mean down to a drum dance.  I enjoyed every moment of it.  From the moment I had taken an Aboriginal Awareness workshop way back when, the ways, beliefs and traditions of the Aboriginal people have always intrigued and interested me.

I fell in love with the fact that the Native Americans living in the same reservation as Fred and her family were so tight knit.  Everyone was there for everyone.  The res kids at the high school (all of what…5 of them?) looking out for each other, and sticking up for each other brought so much warmth in my heart.  It was nice to see that, even though Fred was having a difficult time with her fellow team mates and their friends, she could always rely on them through thick and thin.

The family problems that both Ryan and Fred faced in their homes were also very difficult to watch play out.  Fred’s pretty much alcoholic mother who seems to hate everything about her life and drinks her problems away whilst Fred and her father watch the destructive behavior, to Ryan’s pretty non-existent parentals and watching Ryan party and drink his sorrows away.

And as the fates would have it, both Ryan and Fred’s worlds collide over golf.  I loved how even though Fred is obviously THE best player amongst all her team mates, she didn’t let it get to her head.  She continued playing for the love of the game…and totally immersed herself into it to get away from all that is troubling her.

And W.T.F Seth?  He is one crazy dude!  Was it really that terrible that your spot got replaced by a player who could actually win some tournaments for the good of the team?  I mean, I understand being terribly upset about it, but Seth seriously just could.not.deal.  It’s one thing after another…the sneers, the jabs, the insults, then the craziness.  Like “this guy needs to be institutionalized” cray.

But I suppose if it weren’t for Seth’s completely insane behavior, Ryan wouldn’t have opened up his eyes right?  What kinda threw me off was how quickly Fred started to trust Ryan!  If it were me, one lone act of kindness does not make a wrong right.  I’d still be paranoid.  I’d be thinking what sort of prank is Ryan and his crew planning that he made a 360 attitude adjustment in a matter of like a day.  But then, I guess I have to take a step back and think like I did as a teen right?  More trusting?

At any rate, Hooked by Liz Fichera was a beautifully written story about two teens from two different worlds, who find themselves when they needed each other the most.  Fans of contemporary reads will fall in love with the story of Fred and Ryan.

About the Author:

Liz is an author living in the American Southwest by way of Chicago. Her YA debut HOOKED releases in January 2013 from HarlequinTEEN. Its companion, PLAYED, releases in 2014.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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7 Comments

  1. I’m really interested to check out this book because Fred is Native American and I would love to find out more about the Aboriginal people, their beliefs and culture, sounds absolutely fascinating. Yay for tight knit families! Can’t wait to read this book, especially after reading your review :)
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  2. Ashley
    2/18/2013

    Awesome review! I’m so glad you loved this book :D It wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but I still enjoyed it for very similar reasons. The Native American culture was really interesting!
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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    I loved the Native American culture too. Thanks for stopping by Ashley!

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  3. Proserpine
    2/18/2013

    Hi! Great review! I saw this book on a few blog lately and it surely catches my interest! First time for me with a Native American character and I’m pretty sure I won’t be disappointed! Thanks for sharing!

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Thank you! I really loved the Native American traditions that were incorporated in the story :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Great review! Thanks for sharing. I had started this book and was really enjoying it and then it got kicked back on my list. I’ll have to restart it and finish it this time. Thanks for sharing.
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  5. Great review! Thanks for sharing. I had started this book and was really enjoying it and then it got kicked back on my list. I’ll have to restart it and finish it this time. Thanks for sharing.
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