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.
But there's no denying that things are happening as the girl with the killer swing takes on the boy with the killer smile .
Total Grade- 87/100
I've been putting off reading Hooked all summer long. Just from the summary and cover I predetermined that this book wasn't for me. I'm not a fan of sports, even golf, and I imagined that Fred and Ryan's relationship would be so stereotypical that the novel wouldn't be special. Well how can a book with a protagonist named Fred not be special? Hooked proved me wrong. It is a cool book and one of the best contemporary debuts this year.
Even though Hooked has an unfortunate cover in that I don't think correctly portrays the characters, the story is actually pretty sweet. Fred captivated me with her uniqueness as a heroine. I have never read a book where the protagonist is Native American and I liked seeing a story told from the voice of someone in the minority. Fred is a fresh and new voice in the genre! I also just really liked her character. She is trying to balance her culture and her place in society. She's a genuine human being. She is shy, sweet and, despite her skill at golf, she's still flawed. Ryan on the other hand is even more so. I do admit I never really grew to love his character. The flip-flopping points of view didn't bother me, I thought it was done well, but I just never grew to like Ryan. His friendship with Seth and Gwen baffled me, but then again so did his attraction to Fred. Their relationship was a tad confusing. They spend most of the novel dancing around each other and very little time "together" as a couple. Still, Liz Fichera makes the relationship, and story, real. Also, let me admit that although I am not a sports girl, I loved reading about golf. Fred obviously loves golf so much, a bit of it rubs off on the reader.
Fichera creates a really refreshing novel with her unique setting, storyline, fresh characters and golf bits. I'll definitely be reading more from her in the future!