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.
"Not just a Romeo and Juliet story, the book examines the conflicts of white versus Indian and rich versus poor, giving it far more heft than the average romance. Bravo." (Kirkus STARRED Review)
♥ Quick Thoughts and Rating: 3 stars! Oh Hooked, you could have been a contender. I was all on-board for the plot of a girl golfer joining an all boys’ team and an interracial romance, but Fichera didn’t make them her primary focus. For that reason, I think that was what made this book just
♥ Review: This was another one of those NetGalley requests that fell through the cracks years ago, and I’m finally just now getting around to reviewing it. The main factor I could appreciate about this book is because I liked to think that Hooked was ahead of the curve with its diversity and tackling school bullying, but that was pretty much all this book really had going for it. I believe if the author had zeroed in on the romance and golfing aspect, letting it be the most important element of the book, then my reading experience would have went a lot differently. I really enjoyed Ryan and Fred (not a fan of the name, just fyi!) were really cute together when they were actually together, but the author chose to have too much drama interrupt the flow of the story and keep them apart. I could understand a little, but after a certain point, I was just exasperated and and over it, like, “Really? We’re still doing this? #DramaLlamaForYourMomma”. Seriously, there was still some crazy bullying psychopants stuff happening at 95%. Additionally, my main pet peeve in books is communication issues– when every problem between a couple could be solved with one little conversation. Fred and Ryan suffered from hella communication issues. It was frustrating. Aside from all the drama unfolding around our duo and the communication problems between them, I also was missing out on some character growth, especially from all the secondary characters that were introduced. The story just seemed to fall off a bit at the end, so it didn’t feel like a complete story for me.
Overall, this book really had some cute moments, but I was left a “meh” feeling when I finished. It could have been great, but as the book stood in the advanced copy, it was still missing too many elements for me to give it more than three stars.
♥ Teaser Quote:
“…His fingers, like his kisses, were gentle and curious. Nothing like I expected. When I closed my eyes, I could still see him, feel him, his arms wrapped around me, his hands pressed against my skin, mine against his, exploring each other. When I kissed Ryan Berenger, I swear I saw more stars than all the stars in the sky.”
– quote taken from the eARC of Hooked, Fred’s POV, at 52%
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♥ Rec It? Maybe? I think this book will be a hit or miss for a wide range of readers. People will either enjoy it or not, so I say this one is definitely a borrow or wait until it’s on sale recommendation. It had a lot of potential, but missed out on the overall execution.
♥ A very special thanks to Harlequin TEEN and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy of this title.
*Disclaimer: An e-copy of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.
Full of giggles, flails, snark and Southern endearments. Avid Reader. Lover of swoony boys, kickass heroines, yummy kissing scenes, and pretty prose.
I like to draw hearts in the sky (eternal optimist) and wish on stars (forever dreamer). Documentaries, sweet tea, sleep, and brightly colored knee-socks are a few of my favorite things. ♥
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