author : liz fichera
pages : [paperback] 368
favorite characters : fred & ryan
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…
GET HOOKED ON A GIRL NAMED FRED.
I have to admit that I was really surprised by how much I loved this book! I really don’t read many contemporary books unless it’s something written by Sarah Dessen or one that I’ve read enough good things about that I just need to get my hands on it. With Hooked, there was the added strike against it that I generally don’t enjoy golf, playing or watching it. I don’t have the best memories of it, so I thought it’d be a real testament to the book if it could make me get over the little interest I had in one of its plot points. What I did want to read about, though, was how she was going to make it on an all boy’s golf team. I love hearing about girls who are passionate enough about sports that they have to go out for them, even if there aren’t any other girls going for it!
Needless to say, Liz Richera proved me wrong and made me really rethink how I read. The characters really carried this story to the point where it didn’t really matter what sport they played. All that mattered was that Fred had a dream and was facing a lot of obstacles to achieve it and get herself a better life.
I also really loved how Fred was a Native American girl living on a reservation. I’m going to have to assume that this was an accurate depiction of life in that area because I really know nothing else about it. I liked that she stood by and had such strong beliefs, even if the outsiders wouldn’t understand and thought that it was all odd. She had all of the people from the reservation cheering her on and then she had me cheering her on as well!
The only thing that really felt forced about this novel was the ‘bad guy’. I say it like that because it kind of felt like a stretch to make someone snap that far, so suddenly, but it didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of the book. Fred and Ryan would have been great to read about even without any dangerous drama involved.
I highly recommend this book to any contemporary fans and anyone looking for a good, quick read with great characters and an inspiring storyline.