I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hooked by Liz Fichera
Series: Hooked #1
Genres: African American, Love & Romance, People & Places, Young Adult
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.
Pretty in pink-trimmed golf shoes
My Thoughts on Hooked
Do you think if I sit and stare at the blinking cursor long enough that I’ll come up with something to say about this book? It isn’t that the book was bad, per se, it was just bland. And predictable. And not really all that captivating or romantic.
Girl from the rez (as distinct from “Pretty in Pink’s” girl from the wrong side of the tracks and “West Side Story’s” girl from Puerto Rico) is a golf phenom. So the coach recruits her to play on the high school team . . . which is a boy’s team. Fred (short for Fredricka, which she hates to be called) accepts and is stoked! Never mind that she and her family are poor and she has this 30-year-old golf bag and rusted clubs and no money to buy golf shoes with cleats; the girl can hit and putt and that’s that. But, her being on the team means that someone else has to be off the team. And that someone else happens to be the best friend/bad boy of one Ryan Berenger, the guy who Fred kind-of-but-not-really has a crush on and who kind-of-but-not-really is attracted to Fred.
I’m fairly certain you can guess the major plot points from here on out:
- Seth (Ryan’s best friend/bad boy/golfer kicked off the team to make room for Fred) has is in for Fred. He tries to sabotage her while Ryan looks on metaphorically biting his fingernails.
- Ryan fights his growing feelings for Fred but ends up inviting her to a party at his house with all of his friends anyway.
- Fred is picked on by the cool girls and hot guys and, yep, you guessed it, flees the party while Ryan looks on metaphorically biting his fingernails.
- Sam (a boy from the rez) has it bad for Fred and she sort of encourages him because, hey, what girl doesn’t want to be wanted, amirite?
- Ryan is jealous of Sam and Fred is jealous of Ryan’s sort of gal-pal. Both act out to make the other jealous.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
I am happy to report, however, that the ending is more “Pretty in Pink” than “West Side Story.” And, after about two little kisses, Fred declares to her own mind that she wants more of Ryan, and not just his lips, and they go on to live happily ever after on a putting green near you.
So, yeah. Overall, not a terrible book, but, at least in my opinion, not a good one, either. Light, easy, quick; a predictable fluff read. Probably good for plane rides or a day at the beach if you’re into that sort of thing. (I’m not a beach girl – I have very fair skin!)