Hooked; a novel by Liz FicheraOkay, so I first read a brief introduction to this book, I was kinda interested. I'm not really into the mushy, generic stuff, so I was put off with 'impossible romance' part of the introduction. However, the thing that really drew me into this book was how motivated the main character was described to be. From the blurb, I gathered that the main character, Fred Oday, is girl who is determined to work hard and give herself a good chance in life.
Have a look at the introduction I read:
'When Native American Fredericka ‘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.'
And as the introduction said, I did get 'hooked' on Fred. Fred intrigued me. I'd never really had any enthusiasm for golf, never bothered to learn anything about it. It seemed too boring, too slow for me. After reading this book, I still have no interest in the sport. However, I have now learnt some terminology of the game known as golf. Fichera pops in a few golf terms in here and there in the novel, which was quite irritating for a newbie to golf like me. Luckily, I didn't have to have a dictionary nearby to understand it all. Fichera provides ample definitions at the back of the novel. Phew!
The romance between Fred and Ryan was nice at times, annoying at others. For me, I couldn't believe that anyone could fall so head over heels for someone, like Fred and Ryan did for each other. There were sweet moments, of course that made me swoon (I'm embarrassed to say), but there were also moments that made me cringe from the overdose of romance in the page.
Now, for Ryan. He seemed so protective, sweet and yet antagonistic! He seemed to keep picking fights with multiple people, from Fred's friends to eventually his own friends. He may have fought with his friends over Fred, but harming one of them physically really seemed quite violent to me. Maybe it's part of his character, but I felt that he was too violent.
Fred is a good role model for adolescent teenagers, dealing with bullying, racism and several other problems. She raises her head high, no matter what problems face her, from the racism she receives at school to the personal problems she has to deal with at home. Fichera keeps Fred in character, by not having any disruptions to Fred's character. For example, Fred doesn't tell her father what's really going on, something that's' typical for most teenagers. In this way, Fichera has kept Fred's character realistic.
Lastly, I would like to write about the other characters. Fichera has done such aa great job in incorporating all the characters, and not making them feel minor. They have depth to them, especially Seth Winter. Instead of just turning Seth 'evil' because she felt like it, she had the character's background all plotted up, and gave a legitimate reason as to why he was 'evil'.
So, in conclusion, I'd rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. This book has educated me a little bit, not just entertained me for half a day. Although what I'll do with golf terminology, when I don't have an interest in the sport at all, confounds me, it's one more piece of information. In addition to teaching me weird and probably useless information, this book explores large issues such as racism, sexism, bullying and adolescence.
For anyone interested, it most definitely is not out yet. The waiting time for this book isn't long though, to those of you desperate to read it. It comes out 29th of January 2013! I read it all in one day, savouring the pages of the book as I frantically read on, desperate to find out what would happen next.
Flood the bookstores getting this book!
(I got a copy of this book beforehand at Netgalley for an honest review)