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Loved it! Hooked is story about Fred, a Native American girl (w
Hooked is story about Fred, a Native American girl (who loves golf) and gets picked to play at a boys golf team by the coach. What Fred wasn't expecting to get, was a bully (who doesn't seem to stop picking on her) and romance. My first impression of the stor...
Hooked is story about Fred, a Native American girl (who loves golf) and gets picked to play at a boys golf team by the coach. What Fred wasn't expecting to get, was a bully (who doesn't seem to stop picking on her) and romance. My first impression of the story was that it had a unique plot. I wasn't sure how the story was going to turn out, but as I kept reading, surprisingly the story turned out to be really good. The story was well-written, and well-researched. I'm guessing Fichera really loves golf, for it to become the catalyst of the story. Apart from it, there were social issues in the story, considering that Fred is Native American in an all-white school. There were scenes that refer to the topic of racism, (not in a huge way), but I think the author did a really good job on keeping the story focused on Fred and Ryan and how they had to overcome the problems around them.
What kept me reading was the ability to see how apart from being an outsider, Fred was able to stay strong throughout the story and how her well power helped her overcome all sorts of obstacles. Although there were scenes that were a bit overdone and maybe too dramatic, the story flowed beautifully and it definitely make it to my favorite's shelf. I can't wait to read more of Fichera in the future.
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When I first heard about HOOKED, I wasn't, well, hooked. The cov
Fred isn't like all the other girls at school. She's one of a handful of Native American kids born and raised on a nearby reservation. A lot of her classmates have unsavory prejudices against the reservation kids, so Fred has always felt "different." She stands out even more when she makes the decision to join the all-male golf team at school. Not only is she the best golfer on the team, but she's also taken away someone else's spot, someone who feels that a girl shouldn't even be on the team, especially not a reservation girl. He sets out to make her life hell so that she'll quit, and becomes even angrier when his best friend starts falling for her...
I love all the diversity in HOOKED. It's one of the things I'm most drawn-to. And a Native American girl who lives on a reservation? I can't remember ever seeing a girl like Fred in YA contemporary fiction. I embraced her fully, and loved the way her community rallied around her and became so proud. She was a true inspiration to so many people, and will be to many readers as well. I wasn't as fond of her love interest, Ryan, but he grows a lot over the course of the book and really grows up. He's very human and makes mistakes, and I did like seeing a love interest that wasn't perfect for once, even if he could be aggravating at times. Fichera also did a great job developing the relationship between Fred and her father. I'm always excited to see strong parental figures in YA, and while Fred's mom wasn't anyone to write home about, her father was a great role model who supported Fred no matter what decision she chose. I was so glad to have him on her team, rooting for her against all odds and just overall believing in her throughout the book. What a great dad!
Fred is also a great inspiration for girls who want to golf--or do any male-dominated sport. She isn't afraid to go for her dream and ignores all the naysayers who pipe up after she makes the all-male team. She practices all the time and truly loves the sport. This shines through whenever she plays. Most of the guys she plays against don't have her drive and dedication, making Fred stand out even more. Fred will be a role model for so many girls, and I hope they all find a copy of HOOKED and don't give up on their dreams because of some jealous boys. She doesn't have the easiest life, but she keeps her head held high and achieves so much in life.
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Posted February 4, 2013
I was a little disappointed. This book started off so promising.
I was a little disappointed. This book started off so promising. Everything seemed different compared to other books I’ve read. However, right for the start I found myself not liking Ryan and, sadly, it didn’t really change until about 90% way through the novel. He continued to defend the actions of his best friend until the 90% marker (even after he did some completely unforgiveable things to Fred) and I really couldn’t accept that. In general Ryan doesn’t stand up to people and that seems to barely change throughout the novel. Fred was also a little bit naive in my opinion. Although Ryan leads her on she comes across, at first, like the kind of girls who believe that they go on one date and everything has changed and they are automatically in a relationship. Even more surprising is that just like how Ryan leads her on she leads someone else on as well, and even uses this person to get back at Ryan. On top of all of that the book was a little too slow for my liking. Although I liked the diversity and the differences that this book holds compared to others, and I even enjoyed the romance between the two characters from time to time I found that this book took me a long time to finish. Eleven days in fact, and usually I can get through a novel in about three or less. I found everything moved a little too slow, the romance, the action, the drama, and then it sort of all finally started happening near the end. This book may be for some people who are interested in a slow read, and even those who are interested in Golf (or simply know more than myself).
Fred—I like the shy, quiet, and independent Fred who knew what she loved.
Sam—Sam was a cool guy. He’s very quiet and that made it seem like he held a lot of depth.
Character—I disliked attributes about a lot of the characters like Fred, Ryan, Seth, and Gwen.
I found the story slow and it felt like not a lot happened for the 300+ pages of this book. I also found that a lot of things didn’t really get resolved, or just weren’t explained how they were resolved.
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall the book was well written and very easy to follow, but the story just seemed to be lacking. It was too slow for my liking and the characters didn’t seem to have that much depth. I expected to get some real emotion from the characters but they all just seemed to be walking around constantly confused and there were barely any happy moments in the novel. I did like that Fred was Native American and that instead of having issues with her Dad, it was her mom that was problem, and that finally we came across a girl who was from the wrong side of the tracks, but it found that this novel didn’t have as much depth as I expected it to have. Crazy as this might sound I am actually looking forward to the next novel in the series that surrounds Sam and Riley, and I have more hope for these characters, as they seem to hold a lot of depth and are just more promising in general.
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