November 13, 2012

Review: Hooked by Liz Fichera!

Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: January 31st 2013
By Harlequin Teen
ARC Provided by: Around The World ARC Tours

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Get hooked on a girl named Fred...

HE said: Fred Oday is a girl? Why is a girl taking my best friends spot on the boy's varsity golf team?

SHE said: Can I seriously do this? Can I join the boys' team? Everyone will hate me - especially Ryan Berenger.

HE said: Coach expects me to partner with Fred on the green? That is crazy bad. Fred's got to go - especially now that I can't get her out of my head. So not happening.

SHE said: Ryan can be nice, when he's not being a jerk. Like the time he carried my golf bag. But the girl from the rez and the spoiled rich boy from the suburbs? So not happening.

But there's no denying that things are happening as the girl with the killer swing takes on the boy with the killer smile...

Okay, so I have to admit that at first I didn't think I was going to be able to deal with a girl named Fred in the book. I was sort of expecting to be all kinds of confused while reading. I'm one of those readers that a simple name can throw me off. I know it's weird, right? Fortunately, though, I didn't have an issue with it at all. I think it's because the story is told from two different points of view.

Hooked touches some real life issues that a lot of readers will be able to relate to. Fred goes through a lot and Ryan right along with her.

The story opens up with Fred; she's is getting asked to join her school's golf team. It's a great opening because in the little pages you really learn a lot about Fred and her love for Golf. The author got right to it. You go through her struggle of trying to decide if it's the right move. Immediately I knew I was going to like her. She's a sweet character, stays out of trouble, and focuses on her school work, family, friends, and golf. She knew joining the school's golf team was not going to be easy since she is the only girl on the team, but it's her only chance at doing what she loves and possibly getting a scholarship into college. What Fred didn't expect was, Ryan.

At first Ryan is your typical rich boy who is used to getting what he wants and doing what he wants. His best friend, Seth, gets kicked off the team and Fred takes his place. It upsets him, but not more than Seth. When Ryan is paired up with Fred at one of their games he sees her talent and opens up a bit to the ideal of her being on the team. He starts to get to know her a little better and actually tries to build a friendship with her. Needless to say that's when things get complicated for them both. Seth makes it his mission to make Fred miserable. It was just one thing after another. And he's not very happy with the way Ryan begins to feel about Fred.

The romance between Fred and Ryan wasn't a rushed one and it definitely wasn't as mushy as I thought it would be. It was done just right and I found myself sucked in and rooting for them. I guess Hooked surprised me more than once. I was definitely Hooked on Fred and Ryan. LOL!

I do have some complaints, but I can't really share them without giving away spoilers. I will say, though, that as much as I loved Fred, I felt she was quick to give up and let things go. She needed to be just a tad stronger and question things. Not just assume and accept them for what they seemed.

This was a great book and I definitely recommend it.

4.5 out of 5 Stars!


  1. I get confused with names like that as well! Thanks for the great review!

  2. Story sounds very interesting. This is the first time I hear about this book. I added it to my book wish list.


  3. Thanks for the great review. I will have to add it to my book list


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