Hooked by Liz Fichera(Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository)
Release Date: February 1st 2013
Genres: African American, Love & Romance, People & Places, United States, Young Adult
Get Hooked on a Girl Named Fred…He said: Fred Oday is a girl? Puh-leeze. Why is a girl taking my best friend's spot on the boys' 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.
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Well one thing is for sure. Liz Fichera can create an amazing setting. Taking place in Arizona, a lot of the book focuses on the main character’s culture-she’s Native American. Fred lives on an Indian Reservation. I found the small details like the placement of the mountains and roads were spot on, and I should know, considering I live here.As for cosmetic details, Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer mentioned, “I think the US cover for his book is awful. I used the UK cover for my blog but I’m not sure either cover is a good fit for this book. The US cover screams sex…” and I totally agree with this.I am using the UK cover as well, and do not think either fits the novel.
HOOKED uses the tried and true method of a female protagonist infiltrating, if you will, into a male sports team. CATCHING JORDAN and DAIRY QUEEN, anyone? Fred Oday is an exceptional female golfer, so the coach of the local high school asks her to join the team. The problem? It’s an all boys team, and they aren’t overjoyed to hear a girl took someone else’s spot of the team.
I am beginning to notice the genre of contemporary romance likes to add unrealistic dramatic events just to rip the characters apart and add some emotion. HOOKED doesn’t do this in a necessary bad way, I just thought some events were a little too convenient and overdone.
You will hear no qualms about the romance from me. I was just happy to get a break from the insta-love virus that has been contagiously contaminating YA lately. I am glad to say Fred and Ryan had pretty much the opposite of insta-love, so we get to see their relationship develop.
On another note, the author is writing another novel featuring Ryan’s little sister and an abandoned love interest from HOOKED in her newest novel. I’ll definitely be checking that out because I really enjoyed this twist on the “girls in sports” novels that are becoming more popular.