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Hooked (Harlequin Teen)

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ISBN13: 9780373210725
ISBN10: 0373210728
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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…

Review:

"Sixteen-year-old Fredricka 'Fred' Oday, who lives with her impoverished family on the Gila River Indian Reservation, plays on the town's fancy golf course during off hours when it's free. Her talent impresses her high school coach, so he gives her the top spot on the all-boy team. She encounters raw, realistic racism from the student golfers, especially the one whose spot on the team she took. Meanwhile, handsome rich boy Ryan becomes Fred's tournament partner, and half the book comes from his unsteady perspective. He's torn between his romantic feelings for Fred and his allegiance to his popular but often cruel friends. Fred is strong and resilient, and it's easy to root for her as she succeeds in golf and bonds with her 'Rez' friends, including a cute boy named Sam; her story, laced with information about Native American culture and traditions, sheds important light on the many struggles Native teens face. Making her YA debut, Fichera shows strong storytelling chops as she weaves together plot lines involving class struggles, violence, bullying, and — of course — romance. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Holly Root, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Liz likes to write stories about ordinary teens who do extraordinary things.  Born in Park Ridge, Illinois, Liz moved to the American Southwest after college, never expecting to live more than one year among cactus and people who'd never seen snow.  She was wrong.  To learn more, please visit <>.

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Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks, January 29, 2013 (view all comments by Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks)
Liz Fichera's debut novel, and subsequent series, will open the new year with a fresh YA contemporary outlook. Fichera's work will undoubtedly bring to readers' mind the likes of Simone Elkeles with its multicultural influence and realistic social issues between family, class and race. Fichera brings us a story rich with inspiration and such adorable cuteness that puts Hooked in a league of its own. Fredricka Oday is not a typical girl and proof is in her determination to pursue her passion despite opposition.

Fred is an amazing athlete, as well as a brave and sweet character. Her eagerness to play golf stems from her desire to win an athletic scholarship and do something extraordinary with her life, different from her parents and brother who never went to college, and not from the desire to spend time with rich white boys. Especially not Ryan Berenger. To Fred, Ryan seems to not appreciate that he has parents who can provide him with a normal, functional family life. And to Ryan, Fred is the poor girl from the rez who undeservingly takes his best friend's spot on the team. What's so great about the friction between these two is they both believe they know something about the other based on stereotype or a superficial observation. It's absolutely fascinating to read as they realize their unfair judgements and bond over golf.

Hooked is well-rounded with truly realistic characterization, a light humor that lowers readers' defenses, and a heart-warming storyline. I was able to really feel for Fred and the obstacles she had to overcome to meet her goals. I was first drawn to the story by the fact that Fred is Native American, secondly was her interest in golf and the courage she would have to have to join an all-boy's team. I've never been a fan of golf, but how Fichera relates the sport through Fred's eyes makes me feel like a fanatic myself. All in all, my expectations were met and exceeded! Do I believe readers will get hooked on a girl named Fred? Yes, indeed I do!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780373210725
Author:
Fichera, Liz
Publisher:
Harlequin Teen
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20130129
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.38 x 0.76 in 9.275 oz
Age Level:
from 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Sixteen-year-old Fredricka 'Fred' Oday, who lives with her impoverished family on the Gila River Indian Reservation, plays on the town's fancy golf course during off hours when it's free. Her talent impresses her high school coach, so he gives her the top spot on the all-boy team. She encounters raw, realistic racism from the student golfers, especially the one whose spot on the team she took. Meanwhile, handsome rich boy Ryan becomes Fred's tournament partner, and half the book comes from his unsteady perspective. He's torn between his romantic feelings for Fred and his allegiance to his popular but often cruel friends. Fred is strong and resilient, and it's easy to root for her as she succeeds in golf and bonds with her 'Rez' friends, including a cute boy named Sam; her story, laced with information about Native American culture and traditions, sheds important light on the many struggles Native teens face. Making her YA debut, Fichera shows strong storytelling chops as she weaves together plot lines involving class struggles, violence, bullying, and — of course — romance. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Holly Root, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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