Book Name: Hooked
Author: Liz Fichera
Publication Date: January 29th 2013
✰✰✰✰✰ - absolutely LOVED it!!!
Fred, a Native American girl, joins the school's all-boy varsity golf team.
Fred faces a lot of difficulties as the only girl in the group who is also Native American. Her teammates refuse to except her as one of them and laugh at her behind her back. Her rivals doubt her abilities. She is also not as rich as the other white boys in her team - she can't afford any of the expensive equipment required for golf.
Ryan, one of Fred's teammates, has issues of his own too - his parents are never around and he suspects that they don't love each other anymore. They never attend his games and Ryan feels like they don't truly care about him. He also has a girlfriend that he doesn't really love.
When Fred joins the group, Ryan has a reason to hate her as she takes his best friend's place in the team.
But slowly Ryan begins to fall for Fred. Fred, on her side, begins to feel something for Ryan. Can their love work out?
I was really excited to read this book. I knew it is going to be great because of the pretty cover and the interesting blurb. I was searching for something like "Pushing the Limits", one of my favorite books ever, and I found a different but not a lesser book.
The first half of the book was slow paced. The author took a long time to get us familiar with the characters and their life stories. The characters development in this book was great - by half of the book, I felt like I really know the characters in real life.
There were a lot of golf practice and tournaments described to the small details in the beginning, which made me study a lot about golf. Seriously, when I started this book I had no clue about this game, and now I feel like a golf expert XD
The second half of the book felt like a roller coaster - suddenly everything happened at the same time! Surprising plot twists came one after another. I was flipping through the pages like crazy.. lol
The romance between Ryan and Fred took a major part of the book.
Ryan and Fred fell in love with each other very slowly. It took them time to admit their love for each other, and even then - they didn't start making out right away. They were taking everything slowly, waiting for the right moment for everything. I really liked this because it made the romance between them more realistic.
I liked Fred a lot. She was very brave and did things that most girls wouldn't dare to - she joined an all-boy team and ignored the boys' unfair treatment. She definitely showed them who is best!
She also never complains. Her life is tough - she lives in a tiny house, has no cellphone or nice clothes, but instead of whining, she is trying to actually DO something to improve her situation.
The minor characters, and especially Ryan's friends, were brilliant! They definitely made the book for me. I hated them SO MUCH. I felt like slapping them the whole book! How could Ryan stand having these monsters as friends?!?! I wish I could know more about Seth - what is going on in his life? What makes his so cruel?
I HATED Gwyneth. How can a girl be so mean and selfish?! I couldn't help picturing her in my head as Miss Piggy... lol
Everything was well built in this book - the plot, the characters, the romance. It is highly recommended to anyone, and especially to contemporary romance addicts like me.