Sunday, January 6, 2013

Hooked by Liz Fichera

Hooked by Liz Fichera
Release Date: January 31, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

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... -

I had a great feeling about this book when I got it, and it definitely lived up to my expectations.  This was just a really awesome story with great characters.  I loved Fred...loved her determination, and I loved how she was able to shrug off what others thought of her and just worry about being herself.  You don't see that very much in teen books.  Most of the time, girls in this situation would be smothered in self-consciousness and would let themselves get driven away from their dreams rather than face embarrassment, but not Fred.  I admired her as a character.  It's not that she wasn't shy and embarrassed.... just that she was able to overcome it. 

I also loved Ryan.  It took me a little while with him, because there were aspects of his character that I thought were a little weak.  But that's part of what made me like him.... because throughout the book, he gradually grows into the guy that he needs to be, and the reader gets to see that.  This made me love him even more.  Their romance was perfectly timed and grew at a very natural pace, which I loved.

Aside from awesome characters, I really loved the Native American flavor to the book.  I loved seeing and hearing about Fred's life on the reservation, and some of her people's traditions.  I've always loved Native American culture, so getting to read about it with a good romance around it was really great.

The book had emotional moments, funny moments, and very romantic ones too.  It just had a wonderful mixture that made a great book.  Liz Fichera is definitely a writer to watch for.


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