Review: Hooked by Liz Fichera
Hooked by Liz Fichera
January 31, 2013
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.
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! 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!