Friday, March 29, 2013

Review: Hooked

Title:  Hooked
Author:  Liz Fichera

     From GoodReads, "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..."

      I saw the cover of this book while browsing my local book store and was immediately "hooked."  
     Although I am not a golfer and I am not Native American (two characteristics of the main character Fredricka (Fred) Oday), I could relate to this story.  I loved the fact that in order to go after what she wanted (to play golf), Fred had to go out of her comfort zone, in this case, a different school.  Of course, the boys on the golf team, did not welcome her with open arms... especially the one that got cut from the team in order to make room for Fred.  
    I loved the relationship and the dynamics between Fred and teammate Ryan Berenger.  It was fun to see what would develop between the two, who were completely opposite.  I also enjoyed watching Ryan morph into a better human being because of the influence of Fred.  
    The family dynamics of the Oday family were interesting to read about as well because they were so very different from my own.  Not every family is perfect, but it was refreshing to see a book where the main character had a very strong relationship to at least one of her parents and I really liked how connected Fred and her father were.
     I found myself smiling at many things in this book.  The only thing that bothered me was how incredibly mean many of Ryan's friends were and the fact that he didn't seem to notice it until he met Fred.  Maybe that was due to the fact that he was often this way as well and didn't seem to care until she came into his life and then he strived for something better.  

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