Jan 14, 2013

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Review: Hooked by Liz Fichera

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January 31, 2013
Harlequin Teen
Source: Publisher


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…


My Review:

HOOKED is one of the best contemporary YA novels that I’ve read since Pushing the Limits. It is a stunning story about what happens when two people from opposite ends of life fall for each other. The pages will fly as readers get immersed into Fred and Ryan’s love story that is sure to stick with readers long after finishing. Fichera’s words are compelling and gorgeous, creating a truly fantastic novel. Who would’ve thought that a book about golf could be so incredible?

Fred has such a sweet innocence to her that it’s easy to root for her in all situations. She has been dealt a tough hand in life and it isn’t easy at all for her. The only true light in her life besides her dad and brother is golf. Fred is extremely talented, which does not go unnoticed by her high school’s golf coach. The moment she gets placed on the boy’s team, her life gets that much more difficult. Yet without having this chance or going through the criticism from her fellow golf teammates and peers, Fred would never have met or gotten close to the allusive Ryan.

Ryan is one tough cookie to crack. I started out thinking that he was a spoiled brat that didn’t realize how good he had it in life, at least compared to Fred. Yet as Fichera continues the book, readers will see the better sides of Ryan and discover just why he acts so horribly at times. While I wanted to hit him so hard for a few things he did, by the end he had blossomed into the perfect guy for Fred. He was exactly what she needed in her life and I don’t think it would have gotten better without him, no matter the difficult trials he put her through.

Golf. That’s what a majority of HOOKED revolved around besides the romantic aspect. You would think that such a thing would be boring, but Fichera does a great job of making it fun and interesting. I thought half the things about the game would go right over my head, but Fichera explains it all with such an ease that one would think she is just as informed as Fred! icon wink Review: Hooked by Liz Fichera Along with the golf aspect, there’s a multicultural blend going on that made me love the book even more. There aren’t enough books with Native Americans in them, and I think they are wonderfully represented in HOOKED.

If HOOKED isn’t on your radar yet, you need to fix that ASAP. YA contemporary fans are going to fall in love with HOOKED. More, please, Liz!

My Rating:

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  1. I can’t wait for Hooked! Great review!

  2. This sounds fabulous!! I actually like golf so I think that will make this more interesting for me. It sounds like the romance is really great and the characters are well developed. Great review!

  3. OK, you had me at “Pushing the Limits.” You know I loved that book, and if HOOKED is comperable to it, I will most definitely be grabbing this one! Great review, Bailey!

  4. Hah. You had me at “Pushing the Limits” too. I’ve been looking for another really great contemporary YA book, and while I’ve come across some good ones, I’m still looking. Thanks for the review. I’ll definitely be checking Hooked out!

    Ayana @ My Book Memoirs

  5. I’m loving these romance-y romances! They’re so fabulous — and I’m definitely looking forward to this one (plus, h.o.t. cover!).

  6. This book doesn’t compare to the awesome that Pushing the Limits was. I really disliked all the bullying and the lack of swoon. By the cover image alone I was expecting something a lot more steamy. I was disappointed.

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