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by Catherine Greenman

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Thea Galehouse has always known how to take care of herself. With a flighty club-owner mom and a standoffish, recovering-alcoholic dad, Thea has made her own way in her hometown of New York, attending the prestigious and competitive Stuyvesant High School. But one chat with Will, a handsome and witty senior, and she's a goner—completely hooked on him and unable


Thea Galehouse has always known how to take care of herself. With a flighty club-owner mom and a standoffish, recovering-alcoholic dad, Thea has made her own way in her hometown of New York, attending the prestigious and competitive Stuyvesant High School. But one chat with Will, a handsome and witty senior, and she's a goner—completely hooked on him and unable to concentrate on anything else.
Always worried that she loves Will more than he loves her, Thea is pleasantly surprised when their romance weathers his move to college and Will goes out of his way to involve her in his life. But then, Thea misses a period. And that starts Thea and Will on a wild ride that neither of them could have possibly prepared for. When they decide to keep the baby, their concerned parents chip in what they can to keep Will in school and give both teenagers a comfortable place to raise their child. But when a freak accident leaves Thea shaken and threatens to upend their little family altogether, Thea is forced to turn to the last place she would have chosen for comfort: her stiff, uncompromising father.
This smart, touching first novel brims with realistic, beautifully drawn characters, and reminds us that love is never as easy or predictable as we might like it to be.

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School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Thea Galehouse, a junior at New York City's prestigious Stuyvesant High School, knows she should focus on grades and college options. Then she meets senior Will Weston and quickly becomes hooked on him. When she skips a birth-control pill and becomes pregnant, she schedules an abortion but opts out at the last minute. Though angry and disappointed, her parents support her decision to put college on hold, get an apartment with Will, and raise their son, Ian. At this point, teen readers may want to shake Thea. She asserts her independence by claiming that life with Will "feels real," even as she clings to childhood by crocheting a replica of a bikini she wore as a young girl. This hobby provides an escape—and potential income—and lends the title its double meaning. After Thea accidentally scalds the infant with some boiling water, Will begins to distrust her and eventually pushes her to give him up for adoption. Here Thea finally comes into her own, both as a character and as a young mother. Oddly, there is little mention of her physical experience of pregnancy, and her labor and delivery take less than one page. Greenman's pacing is sometimes off, and, in many scenes, the timing doesn't jibe. The rags-to-riches ending strains believability, with Thea poised to launch a luxury crocheted accessories line. Her transition from arrogantly naive teen to devoted young mom learning to balance her life may hook a few readers, but this is an additional purchase.—Amy Pickett, Ridley High School, Folsom, PA
Publishers Weekly
In this debut effort, Greenman avoids allowing her story to become an issue novel, but unfortunately it comes across as more of a teen pregnancy fantasia. It begins when 17-year-old Thea falls in love with Will, a senior at their elite New York City public school. After Thea becomes pregnant, she initially plans to have an abortion, but changes her mind at the last minute. Despite her first-person narrative, Thea's motivations, along with those of most of Greenman's characters, are frequently opaque. Thea and Will move in together in a rent-controlled sublet (she's gotten into NYU in the meantime) and are given ,000 by their parents; even after a traumatic accident turns Will and Thea against each other and forces Thea to move in with her father, there's little sense of the enormity of the path Thea has embarked upon or even her feelings toward the son she is so desperate to keep. Despite setbacks, Thea's life feels rather charmed—perhaps most of all when her crocheting hobby leads to a business selling bikinis—sapping the story of authenticity. Ages 14–up. (Aug.)
VOYA - Mary Ann Harlan
When Thea meets Will during a fire drill on a cold winter day she is instantly "hooked." Less than a year later, Thea finds herself pregnant with Will's child. At this point the trajectory of Thea and Will's relationship will be familiar to anyone who watches 16 and Pregnant and/or Teen Mom on MTV. With support, however nominal, from their parents, Thea and Will move in together and Ian is born. Thea finds herself isolated, jealous of Will's time, and when an accident provides Will the excuse to suggest adoption, Thea leaves to raise Ian on her own with the help of her somewhat estranged father. While this book will generate interest given the aforementioned television shows, the fundamental flaw is that the relationships—between Thea and Will, Thea and her father, and to some extent, Thea and her mother—seem two-dimensional, lacking a richness of detail and motivation. It is a case of being told that Thea is "hooked" on Will or that she is awkward with her father, rather than having the intensity shown through action and interaction. The early scenes between Will, Thea, and her father are particularly confusing as Thea is made uncomfortable by Will's actions, unwilling to address it and yet critical of Will in her thoughts. It appears inconsistent with her assertions of love for Will and fear of his loss. Overall, there will be interest in the title but discerning readers might prefer Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen (Viking, 1998/VOYA August 1998). Reviewer: Mary Ann Harlan
Children's Literature - Laura J. Brown
Thea Galehouse is use to taking care of herself. At seventeen she has to. Her parents are divorced and both in their own worlds. Her mom is always on some personal quest or adventure rediscovering and redefining herself with little time for Thea. Her father is stuck in the past and has Thea's future all planned out without any input from her. He is a recovering alcoholic and just doesn't know how to connect with her in any meaningful way. Then Thea meets Will, a charming and handsome senior at her school. Will is a different than the other boys at their school. Thea is delighted that he likes her. She is so blown away by him that she is hooked and more focused him and their relationship than anything else in her life. Thea is thrilled that their relationship survives Will graduating from high school and going to college. In the midst of preparing to take the SAT and college herself, Thea discovers that she is pregnant and once again is scared to death that she will lose Will. Thea and Will, and both their families have many decisions to make and challenges to overcome, and at times it is not easy, and almost impossible, and Thea wonders if she has what it takes to keep going. This is the first novel by Catherine Greenman and in it she gets to the heart of what many teens and their families face today. Reviewer: Laura J. Brown

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I met Will Weston during a fire drill on a gray, freezing February Monday, a few days after I turned seventeen. I was in metal shop when the bells went off, and had to go outside in my smock. Why didn't they have fire drills during homeroom, when we still had our coats? I hid behind a tree to block the wind, and as I studied the gloomy, red-bricked façade of the school for any signs of real fire, I spotted him. Will was leaning against the stone wall, hugging himself in a thin, black sweater. He was tall and he had large, square, hulking shoulders that reminded me of Frankenstein--an aberration in a sea of boys with shoulders so narrow you could lift them off the ground by grabbing their knapsack straps together in one hand. This guy looked too old for high school. His chin was ducked toward his chest and he stared at me forever, and it was clear that he didn't care that I noticed. I remember looking around, wishing there was someone to talk to, but I was surrounded by the dicks from metal shop. Metal shop was the great dick-alizer--we all behaved like we were in preschool, cutting each other in the soldering lines, hogging the drying shelves, all for the easy As Mr. Blake was famous for doling out. It was not lost on me that an A from Blake would finally kick my average up to an A-minus, a longtime hurdle. Anyway, one minute Will was undressing me from afar, and then he just appeared, as if in a blink.

"Blake or Dolan?" he asked, peering into my face.

"Uh . . . Blake," I said, cursing my telltale gingham smock.

"I had him. A girl in my class lost her eye."

"You were in Lisa Kwan's class?" I asked, marveling.

"I was." He nodded modestly.

"What happened? He told us she poked it out."

"Her vise was loose," he said. We both tried not to smile. "You don't use them anymore, vises. Right?"

"No, everything's on the table," I explained. "He helps you when you need to make a cut. He's sick of me. I'm always recutting." I realized then that there was something weird about his eyes: the left eye was looking at me, but the right eye drifted off toward the Hudson River. It was both off-putting and death-defyingly hot. It also somehow made him seem too smart for me. I wondered if he was a brainiac, like everyone else at Stuyvesant High School, where I'd somehow landed like an alien on the wrong planet. In math and science, at least, which Stuy held sacred above all else, I was the opposite of a brainiac. Not quite a dumbass, but close. I felt like I was working twice as hard to do half as well as anyone else.

"You'll get an A," he said, rubbing his forearms for warmth. "Don't worry. Has he shown you his oliver?"

"His what?" I asked, thinking, He has the most beautiful hair: brown, wavy, and longer than I initially thought.

"His oliver."

"Oh God. Don't tell me. Another pervy--"

"Go on, ask him to see the oliver," he said. "He'll love you if you ask him."

"What is it?"

"You don't want to be surprised?" he teased.

Part of me did, but I shook my head.

"It's his silver tin of green olives," he whispered, so that the metal-shop dicks couldn't hear. "He keeps it in his pocket for martinis. 'Always keep your oliver on your person.' That's what he used to say. You're a junior?"

I nodded.

"I had him freshman year. He's toned it down since then. I think he's a less-happy drunk these days."

"Aren't we all," I said.

"Settle down there, Dorothy Parker." He held out his hand. "I'm Will Weston."

"Thea Galehouse," I said.

"I know." He smiled proudly.

"How do you know?"

"That yearbook picture of you, sleeping on the desk. Your name was in the caption. 'Thea takes a breather' or something stupid like that. Was that during a class? Or homeroom?"

"Homeroom, I think. I was tired."

"No shit. I could never sleep like that. In the middle of everyone. I wish I could. You have the same hair still. Like wet grass stuck to your face." He pushed a clump of loose hair into my cheek with his thumb as people started to stream back into the building. "Anyway, don't stress about Blake." Will took the steps two at a time, so I did too. "He skews it to the pretty ones."

We got inside the double doors and I faced him. "Do I look stressed out?"

"Little bit."

I hate offhand comments about my moods. My mother still makes them constantly. But the way he said it made me think, Maybe I am stressing out about stupid freaking metal shop.

"You know," Will said, "ever since I saw that picture of you, all schlumped out all over that desk, I've wanted to meet you. Do you like burgers?"

"Love 'em," I said.

"Have a burger with me, then."

He said it in the nicest way. It was one of the shining moments of my life. A total shock and yet right as rain.

The huge oil painting of peg-legged Peter Stuyvesant, our school's namesake, loomed over Will by the staircase. School, the place where we spent so much of our time, was so deathly dreary at that moment. It was like Will put it all--the gray walls pockmarked with painted-over thumbtack holes, the gummy stair railings that made your hands smell like spit--into relief. He glanced at a short girl in clogs walking by. She almost stopped to talk, then didn't. He looked back at me and I got the first jolt. The first java jolt. The first whiff of desire for his big, scary, manly-man body. And the desperation to be included in his thoughts. Me, Thea.


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Hooked is Catherine Greenman’s first novel. She is a native New Yorker and still lives in the city, with her husband and children.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im 15 and this was a good book for my age. I really loved the hook (lol get it cause its called hooked haha) but i really didnt like the ending . I wanted so badly for the guy and girl to get back together and let the yarn lady adopt their baby since she couldnt have any . Other than that it really taught me how one mistake can turn into many. I recommend to any teen wanting a book they cant put down! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shivering, heart wrenching and compelling novel will give you an unexpected ending. An amazing realistic novel giving an inside look at teen relationships with children. This book will keep you reading, never being able to put it down and waiting for what happens next. I cried at the end. Reccomended!
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
This was a gritty yet funny at time contemporary. I think that we get a unique view into being pregnant and being a teen mom, and I think that it's an important message. As much as Thea tries at times, she cannot romanticize the idea, especially when her boyfriend Will makes it where she can't stay with him for a while. Though I liked this book and what it tried to convey, I was left feeling like there is nothing that will make me remember it a year from now. I still think that its worth reading. I think that all aspects of characters were done well, Thea was fleshed out, and she had things I could relate to, perfections and faults alike. Will was dreamy at first and then gave a real picture of what happens a lot when a girl gets pregnant and there is a child brought into that relationship at such a young age. Thea's parents are far from perfect, but I really liked how her dad stepped up in the end whereas I wouldn't have expected that. I got to read about a dynamic that is not all that present in the books I read, the father daughter one. I also like the stages the book goes through, we get to see the beginning and development of Thea's relationship with Will, and how she is completely hooked on him-to the extent that she doesn't really pay much attention to anything else. What a familiar feeling that is though, the new relationship and the obsession. This book took on a whole other dimension with Thea's crocheting. It interested me because I can crochet a bit, and it played a role in a book of helping her to distract herself and also in the end helping to find herself some. The ending wasn't tied up completely, but I think that is also life, and hers really was just beginning, so I think that is fitting in its own aspects.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand post on three other books and lookunder your pillow
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I don’t pick up much teen pregnancy books cause of the drama. This story however, goes farther and much more in depth than what I thought. 1. Plot. This has a very good plot. We have the characters who meet, fall in love and of course get pregnant unexpectedly. And they fail. I really enjoyed the plot has the rise of love, excitement of a new life to  the failing of communication and fear. It really showcase every single angle. 2. Emotions. This story is just like a roller coaster. First love, the joy of child birth, and then the hurt and betrayal of loving your boyfriend. Things change so much within the story that at times, I took a few breaks. Some parts really ticked me off. 3. Motherhood. Even though this girl was just a teen, she took her responsibility well. She cared for her child no matter what she was told. And yeah, like every mother out there, there were accidents with her son and yet, she learned from them. It made her stronger and a better mother. 4. Parent Support. I don’t think that this girl could have done it without the help of her parents. Her parents are wonderful people who did everything they could to protect their daughter and their grandchild. They helped her finish school and get a job. 5. Success. Just because you have a child when you are young does not mean you life is over. Yeah, it will be harder but if you put your mind to it, you can make it. Thea did. She pushed to finish school and she became successful. It took her longer, but she did it so she can have a future for her son. And that’s amazing. Hooked is a great story showcasing wonderful writing and characters. A loving tale that will tug at your heart, Hooked is awesome.
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I got hooked it was best and im 12 and i loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book. The only thing i dint like thouh is the ending •AS•
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eheinlen More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** I loved this book, like couldn't put it down...yell at people for interrupting me loved this book, until the last chapter or so. I couldn't believe how it turned out. I do not think, in the end, she made the right decision in regard to Will. She needs to move on with her life and let him do the same. Yes, they can both be good parents, but not together. Obviously, Will isn't ready to be a real father or partner.
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lb95 More than 1 year ago
hooked is the one of the best book I ever read and i read alot of book for teens. This book will leave you speechless and in my opinion it was amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After picking it up at a book store and reading the first chapter, i was excited tl read the rest of it. I was kind of disappointed with it. At first, i liked her mom. As the story progressed, i started to favor her dad. I admit, i never liked Will. But I'm happy with the outcome at the end. If you're looking for somethingto read, I reccommemed this book.
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Good and bad at the same toie.
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Randomnes time. Gtg
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Thea Galehouse is a young, happy girl with what most would say is a pretty good life. She has family that she loves and who love her; she has friends; and she is - by most accounts - a fairly normal teenager. What Thea doesn't expect to enter her world is 'the one.' But when Will appears, Thea finds her whole world completely changing in seconds. As the veil of love falls around her, Thea has no idea that she will become so 'hooked' by this boy that her very future will change. Will is one of those boys who your Mom warns you about. Not in the bad way, the handsome way. Will is one who appears on the doorstep and a mother can feel to her very core that the danger of romance and passion is about to take over her young girl's life. And that is exactly what happens. It only takes Thea one moment of conversation, it seems, to completely fall head-over-heels for Will, and their future looks extremely bright. Will goes off to college to build a future, and Thea is a bit heartbroken. But what really throws her is when her period is missed. Yes, there is a child on the way, and the world has just gone from light, airy, and completely romantic to a bit of a fear-fest. Unlike everyone's favorite, Juno, Thea Galehouse and Will decide to keep the baby. Will has to work, and their very concerned parents chip in a great deal, even offering a home to the kids in order to raise their child comfortably and with as much ease and peace as possible. But, as with every life, an accident occurs that forces Thea to turn to the one person she can barely speak to - a hard-edged, uncompromising father who has more than a few anger issues of his own regarding the decisions his daughter has made. The author does a wonderful job of showing the challenges of life, and the harsh decisions that one must make along the way. The personal relationships and family relationship are shown in a caring, inspirational way that will, hopefully, NOT add on to the number of teenagers who want to bring a child into this world far before they're ready to do it. Quill Says: A good, solid story of family, love, and trying to get by when times turn dark.
RoxxiiReaderr More than 1 year ago
Cannot wait until it comes ouut!
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