Book Review: Hooked by Liz Fichera

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Hooked (#1) by Liz Fichera
(Started: June 02, 2013; Finished: June 04, 2013)

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... 
Review: 3 stars
Source: Harlequin TEEN through Netgalley
Shelf: Goodreads, Shelfari
There are just days when you don't feel like reading books that have very serious themes and at times, difficult to process. Sometimes, I have those days when I do not want to think and I just want to read and let the story lead me towards the end. I have also read some really abhorring stories previous to this so I guess it was time to give myself a break. I chose Hooked since it's a book for young adults, I think it is light, fun and just easy to process. And thank God I did! It was really entertaining to read and just a bit of romance will definitely do the trick.

To further elaborate and to discuss it thoroughly, I think the book's description promised a story that was out of the ordinary but it ended up as a typical tale that I might've read, watched or heard before. There were also some moments where I felt it was cliche but sometimes some cheesy antics actually kick up the ante to the next level making it really amusing as long as it is executed well. I remember finding myself so lost in some parts of Hooked since there were really some wiggle-butt-worthy that will make you blush and just really love love.  That was what I really enjoy with this book. The author cut the frisson tastefully which makes you want it more and she will eventually give a few more to strengthen the feeling the book is inducing to its reader. The story also discussed some issues with regard to racism, bullying and social status which made it more interesting. It gave enough values that we could learn and I actually like how I learned more about the Native American's heritage.

With the characters, I think they were made in a conventional way--the usual jocks and their jerky attitude and the retaliation that will follow once you square them; the minority was still treated secondly making it a more realistic fiction. This made them relatable and sometimes you just cannot avoid hating some of them. I actually had a love-hate relationship with Fred since she made some really stupid decisions and she kept on second-guessing herself which made her look confusing to Ryan. Speaking of Ryan, I liked how his character developed into a much better person. He was also described in a visually appealing way making me think of him as a really handsome and fiction boyfriend-worthy.

It is a very entertaining story of romance amidst some social issues.

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Happy Reading Everyone!

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