Review: Hooked

May 9, 2013 Review 17 ★★★★

Review: Hooked
Hooked by Liz Fichera
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Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 384
Release Date: January 29th 2013
Series: Hooked #1
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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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…
GET HOOKED ON A GIRL NAMED FRED.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Apparently I’ve been on a good streak when it comes to contemporary romance books lately. First PUSHING THE LIMITS, then DARE YOU TO, and now HOOKED. All have been great novels I struggled to put down and are making me rethink the lack of contemporary novels on my bookshelf.

HOOKED is a romance that will keep you flipping through the pages when you really should stop and study. It takes great restraint to pull yourself away from the developing relationship between Fred and Ryan. Like all the best romances, they didn’t exactly have the best start. Fred is put on the boy’s varsity golf team, taking Ryan’s best friend’s spot (not that she knew that). Ryan didn’t like this much, and was determined to hate Fred. But that doesn’t work out. As soon as he sees Fred play, Ryan’s mind starts to change. Over the course of the novel he becomes less of a douche bag and more of the  kind, caring, protective love interest we all want.

I do have to criticise the romance briefly. In my opinion it developed way too fast. A little more build up would have been nice, as well as greater development before their first break up (you know these books. The characters run into complications that split them for a while all the time). They hadn’t even been together for 24 hours before something happened and Fred was an emotional wreck for a month before things smoothed out. Thankfully it did not affect her phenomenal ability to play golf. That would have pissed me off.

Speaking of golf, I’m surprised how much I liked the golf scenes. In real life, I really don’t like the sport. It’s boring and I cannot play at all. Yet the golf scenes in this were some of my favourites. I wanted more. I can’t figure out why, maybe something to do with Fred’s passion for the sport and her mindset as she played. She found great solace in the sport, whether it was playing a round, putting, or simply hitting balls on the driving range. Golf to Fred was sort of what horse riding is to me.

Other than the romance issue, HOOKED is a great light read that still has a little pain, but not too much. I really enjoyed reading it. It was a great little break between relentless study. I’m definitely going to check out the sequel PLAYED, which is about Riley and Sam! If you are looking for a nice little romance, HOOKED is a novel to consider.

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Overall: 3.9

17 Responses to “Review: Hooked”

  1. Dianna (Stories After Twelve)

    I’ve had this book for quite a long time and I’m very happy to see you liked it. I have tons of books to go through before this one, but I will definitely be keeping an eye on it (despite the romance thingy). Great review, Bec! :)

    • Bec

      I agree on the romance. If it develops over half/the entire first book, I’m going to love it more.

      No worries :)

    • Bec

      D: It is actually a good book! Golf doesn’t interest me as a sport either but I really liked this. Your choice though, I guess.

  2. Lauren Elizabeth

    I’ve heard the full range of reviews on this, but the fact that you put it in the same sentence as Pushing the Limits and Dare You To is a great sign! I really want to read this now, and I’m thrilled to hear that you actually liked the golf. That’s the part I’m most worried about. It sucks that the romance was a bit rushed, but I’m glad it didn’t deter you from enjoying it overall. Wonderful review! :-)

    • Bec

      There really isn’t that much golf stuff. My copy had a glossary in the end of it explaining terms.

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy this if/when you read it :)

  3. Aman

    I really enjoyed Hooked! Fred was such an awesome character, I loved that she never got into ridiculous issues and confronted anyone. Well that doesn’t sound right. I liked that she didn’t involved into unnecessary drama and kept doing what she loved. Though I really didn’t like Ryan, he needed a backbone. The romance was a little too quick but somehow I felt it. I’m really looking forward to Sam’s book. I always liked him in Hooked.
    Great review :)

    • Bec

      Wow, she didn’t did she? Yay Fred! I agree about Ryan. He did start developing one toward the end though. It’s going to be so much fun learning about Sam and Ryan :D

  4. Sunny Duvall

    I agree with you! I was surprised how much I liked the golf scenes even though I hate the sport! Basically I agreed with everything you said. It had a little bit of pain, but it was still enjoyable and a nice break from stress. Great review!

  5. rivie bleu

    “The characters run into complications that split them for a while all the time” Yeah, isn’t this what makes a romance novel? I don’t really mind golf, it’s like another sport for me, but it’s a nice change. You hardly see golf in popular books, they mostly talk about other sports when they include them

    • Bec

      It does constitute the main part of romance novels, but with this it was annoying because they hadn’t even been together for a day before they were apart.

      Golf is a sport you rarely see in novels and movies and things, so it was a nice change. I want more upper YA about equestrian (there’s so much middle grade…)

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