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HE said: Fred Oday is a girl? Why is a girl taking my best friends spot on the boy's varsity golf team?

SHE said: Can I seriously do this? Can I join the boys' team? Everyone will hate me - especially Ryan Berenger.

HE said: Coach expects me to partner with Fred on the green? That is crazy bad. Fred's got to go - especially now that I can't get her out of my head. So not happening.

SHE said: Ryan can be nice, when he's not being a jerk. Like the time he carried my golf bag. But the girl from the rez and the spoiled rich boy from the suburbs? So not happening.


But there's no denying that things are happening as the girl with the killer swing takes on the boy with the killer smile...

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Hooked is exactly the right title for this one, because hooked is what I was from page one on. Liz Fichera has written a masterpiece about the troubles of high school, acceptance, and how to be yourself.

Hooked is a complete story of opposites. There are essentially two different worlds that the characters have known. Fred knows life on the reservation and Ryan knows his privileged life off the res. Both characters have so much to learn about the other and the lives they had led. There were so many great moments between Fred and Ryan - both on and off the golf course.

I loved Liz Fichera's choice in golf. It is a different sport that doesn't usually get focused in on, so it was fresh and new. I also just loved her writing. It is simply gorgeous.

The chemistry between Fred and Ryan was there from the start. I loved that they had their problems to work through and really had to commit to build their relationship. The prejudices and stereotypes of society play a large role into the problems in the basis of their relationship. The minor characters in the book really come to the forefront with Liz Fichera's great characterization. I loved Mr. Trueblood and Mr. Oday, I think they were my favorite two minor characters of the book.

The ending was one aspect of Hooked that left me wanting more. The entire story had a nice build up and I felt like the ending was just a little short. I wanted to know just a few more details on how some events were going to play out.

Hooked by Liz Fichera was just spectacular. I only put it down when I absolutely had to and when I did, I was constantly trying to find another chance to pick it back up. Liz Fichera is an author to watch and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next.
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Erica, Editor Reviewed by Erica, Editor January 05, 2013
Last updated: January 05, 2013
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A Stunning Debut

Hooked is exactly the right title for this one, because hooked is what I was from page one on. Liz Fichera has written a masterpiece about the troubles of high school, acceptance, and how to be yourself.

Hooked is a complete story of opposites. There are essentially two different worlds that the characters have known. Fred knows life on the reservation and Ryan knows his privileged life off the res. Both characters have so much to learn about the other and the lives they had led. There were so many great moments between Fred and Ryan - both on and off the golf course.

I loved Liz Fichera's choice in golf. It is a different sport that doesn't usually get focused in on, so it was fresh and new. I also just loved her writing. It is simply gorgeous.

The chemistry between Fred and Ryan was there from the start. I loved that they had their problems to work through and really had to commit to build their relationship. The prejudices and stereotypes of society play a large role into the problems in the basis of their relationship. The minor characters in the book really come to the forefront with Liz Fichera's great characterization. I loved Mr. Trueblood and Mr. Oday, I think they were my favorite two minor characters of the book.

The ending was one aspect of Hooked that left me wanting more. The entire story had a nice build up and I felt like the ending was just a little short. I wanted to know just a few more details on how some events were going to play out.

Hooked by Liz Fichera was just spectacular. I only put it down when I absolutely had to and when I did, I was constantly trying to find another chance to pick it back up. Liz Fichera is an author to watch and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next.

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When I saw the summary for this book, I was totally expecting it to be lighthearted and funny, but it isn't. It took me a few chapters to get really into the story, but once I did, I was hooked. I enjoyed the alternating POV's and that it sheds a positive light on Native Americans. It also shows the long held negative attitudes and stereotypes from both sides of the coin and neither is very flattering.

Fred is a great role model for both girls as well as Native Americans, and I liked that she wants more for herself than what's usually expected of the people living on the Rez. Even her own mother doesn't expect Fred to do anything more than waitress after she graduates but her Dad is different. He's always encouraged Fred, knowing her only outlet is golf and that she's really good at it. When she gets the opportunity to play on the boys' team, he leaves the choice up to her even if it concerns him. Everyone she knows warns her about the white boys but Fred refuses to give up even when things get ugly and dangerous for her.

Ryan is a stereotypical spoiled rich kid who's used to having everything handed to him but as Fred learns, things aren't always as they seem. He struggles with anger issues and finds escape in partying it up with his BFF Seth and sometimes girlfriend, Gwyneth but it's obvious he's miserable. Golf is his only source of happiness, or so he thinks, until Fred comes along and turns his life inside out.

They challenge each other not only on the golf course but off as well, and together they might even be able to break down social barriers if Ryan can keep from screwing it all up.

I liked that Ryan is given the chance to redeem himself, however, I felt like his anger and family issues that seemed so prominent in the beginning were never fully explained. I also would've liked to have seen a little more of Fred and Ryan's story, which is not to say I didn't enjoy the ending, because I did, it just seemed a little short to me.


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Jen, Editor Reviewed by Jen, Editor December 07, 2012
Last updated: December 10, 2012
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Engaging Read

When I saw the summary for this book, I was totally expecting it to be lighthearted and funny, but it isn't. It took me a few chapters to get really into the story, but once I did, I was hooked. I enjoyed the alternating POV's and that it sheds a positive light on Native Americans. It also shows the long held negative attitudes and stereotypes from both sides of the coin and neither is very flattering.

Fred is a great role model for both girls as well as Native Americans, and I liked that she wants more for herself than what's usually expected of the people living on the Rez. Even her own mother doesn't expect Fred to do anything more than waitress after she graduates but her Dad is different. He's always encouraged Fred, knowing her only outlet is golf and that she's really good at it. When she gets the opportunity to play on the boys' team, he leaves the choice up to her even if it concerns him. Everyone she knows warns her about the white boys but Fred refuses to give up even when things get ugly and dangerous for her.

Ryan is a stereotypical spoiled rich kid who's used to having everything handed to him but as Fred learns, things aren't always as they seem. He struggles with anger issues and finds escape in partying it up with his BFF Seth and sometimes girlfriend, Gwyneth but it's obvious he's miserable. Golf is his only source of happiness, or so he thinks, until Fred comes along and turns his life inside out.

They challenge each other not only on the golf course but off as well, and together they might even be able to break down social barriers if Ryan can keep from screwing it all up.

I liked that Ryan is given the chance to redeem himself, however, I felt like his anger and family issues that seemed so prominent in the beginning were never fully explained. I also would've liked to have seen a little more of Fred and Ryan's story, which is not to say I didn't enjoy the ending, because I did, it just seemed a little short to me.


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HOOKED is a YA contemporary novel about a girl called Fred who joins the school golf team. She is the only girl on the team and the guys aren't accepting of her, especially as she unknowingly took the spot from one of their teammates/friend. But she pretty much wipes the floor with them, and catches the full attention of Ryan. Told in switching POV between Fred and Ryan, we get good insight into the development of their feelings for one another and the similarities in their home life, despite how different that seems at first. I thought I knew exactly what I was getting with this book after reading the description, but I was pleasantly surprised throughout. I loved how unpredictable the story was and I thoroughly enjoyed both the romance and the sport.
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Kate Reviewed by Kate July 18, 2014
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HOOKED

HOOKED is a YA contemporary novel about a girl called Fred who joins the school golf team. She is the only girl on the team and the guys aren't accepting of her, especially as she unknowingly took the spot from one of their teammates/friend. But she pretty much wipes the floor with them, and catches the full attention of Ryan. Told in switching POV between Fred and Ryan, we get good insight into the development of their feelings for one another and the similarities in their home life, despite how different that seems at first. I thought I knew exactly what I was getting with this book after reading the description, but I was pleasantly surprised throughout. I loved how unpredictable the story was and I thoroughly enjoyed both the romance and the sport.

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Hooked...

The cover just looks wrong. So wrong. Fortunately, none of what the cover is hinting is in the book. So parents, feel no need to hide this book due to possible, possible, inappropriate, and loveful events that do not exist.

The writing was excellent. No comments, but Ms. Fichera did a wonderful job writing about golf. And the love of golf of the main character. She certainly expanded my knowledge of golf. All those pars and bogeys. Now I know the difference between those two. (Par is 0 or good. Bogey is 1 or bad.)

The chemistry between Ryan (the love interest) and Fred (the main character) was cute and adorable. I practically squeal at any parts that included these lovebirds. They were a match made in heaven. Fred is a girl, BTW. Ryan is a boy. These two lovebirds remind me of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. (I am not sure why they do, but they do remind me of that love story.)

Fred is an outstanding character. Her mother is an alcoholic. Her father is a poor man. They are Native Americans living on a Reservation. (Reservations are lands reserved only for Native Americans). Fred's happiness is playing golf. We see how much she loves golf and how good she is at it.

Ryan is the guy on the boys golf team. He is one of "rich white boys." He is spoiled and a ridiculous character. Proud, yes. Arrogant, sort of. But he has a lot of attitude. Lots of it. It leaks off the book, literally. He is a good boy with a good heart. But he lets peer pressure and drugs and bad best bros/friends get to his head. They make him do things he doesn't want to do. He shuts up when he really needs to speak up. Ryan later learns an important lesson from Fred and others.

Seth, the evil boy. The enemy is this book. Seth is Ryan's bro and best friend. They had been friends ever since a shocking event, which I will not name. He is a crazy character with a lot of depth. He's not quite shallow unlike the females/Ryan's crazy girlfriend.

The switching POVs between Ryan and Fred makes the book much more entertaining. I love seeing their views and what they thought of each other. I enjoyed the twists and turns. The foreshadowing events, which are usually revealed by Ryan, are fascinating.

Did I mention the feud between the Indians and the whites? Oh yeah, there is a feud. It's not the type where they go "Your ancestor killed my ancestor. I will take revenge on your family by killing you." Nope. A completely different one.

This is a good book. I will recommend this book to my peers. The only problem is the cover. They will not touch this book with a ten foot long pole.

This book's rating is four out of five. Go Ryan!

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Alison Hong Reviewed by Alison Hong July 15, 2013
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Review: Hooked (Hooked #1)

Hooked...

The cover just looks wrong. So wrong. Fortunately, none of what the cover is hinting is in the book. So parents, feel no need to hide this book due to possible, possible, inappropriate, and loveful events that do not exist.

The writing was excellent. No comments, but Ms. Fichera did a wonderful job writing about golf. And the love of golf of the main character. She certainly expanded my knowledge of golf. All those pars and bogeys. Now I know the difference between those two. (Par is 0 or good. Bogey is 1 or bad.)

The chemistry between Ryan (the love interest) and Fred (the main character) was cute and adorable. I practically squeal at any parts that included these lovebirds. They were a match made in heaven. Fred is a girl, BTW. Ryan is a boy. These two lovebirds remind me of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. (I am not sure why they do, but they do remind me of that love story.)

Fred is an outstanding character. Her mother is an alcoholic. Her father is a poor man. They are Native Americans living on a Reservation. (Reservations are lands reserved only for Native Americans). Fred's happiness is playing golf. We see how much she loves golf and how good she is at it.

Ryan is the guy on the boys golf team. He is one of "rich white boys." He is spoiled and a ridiculous character. Proud, yes. Arrogant, sort of. But he has a lot of attitude. Lots of it. It leaks off the book, literally. He is a good boy with a good heart. But he lets peer pressure and drugs and bad best bros/friends get to his head. They make him do things he doesn't want to do. He shuts up when he really needs to speak up. Ryan later learns an important lesson from Fred and others.

Seth, the evil boy. The enemy is this book. Seth is Ryan's bro and best friend. They had been friends ever since a shocking event, which I will not name. He is a crazy character with a lot of depth. He's not quite shallow unlike the females/Ryan's crazy girlfriend.

The switching POVs between Ryan and Fred makes the book much more entertaining. I love seeing their views and what they thought of each other. I enjoyed the twists and turns. The foreshadowing events, which are usually revealed by Ryan, are fascinating.

Did I mention the feud between the Indians and the whites? Oh yeah, there is a feud. It's not the type where they go "Your ancestor killed my ancestor. I will take revenge on your family by killing you." Nope. A completely different one.

This is a good book. I will recommend this book to my peers. The only problem is the cover. They will not touch this book with a ten foot long pole.

This book's rating is four out of five. Go Ryan!

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Naomi Davis Reviewed by Naomi Davis February 28, 2013
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An honest and well told story.

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I never thought that I would fall for a girl named Fred; but I did, I really did...

Liz Fichera puts it all out there in Hooked - bullying, inequality, racism, addictions, the test of relationships, loyalty and love. I love when an author can be completely honest with her characters and their situations. Makes the characters stronger, believable and memorable. Both main characters are teens that are raw and definitely not perfect by making some bad mistakes and, sometimes, learning from those mistakes.

Fred is a Native American girl who loves to play golf. Golf is a lifeline for Fred, not only does she enjoy and excel at it, but it also helps distract her from the stresses in her life. Her family lives on the reservation; her father works as the groundskeeper at the local golf course and her mother is an alcoholic who tries to help make ends meet as a waitress at an upscale restaurant. Life is not easy for Fred, especially at school, surrounded by 'rich white kids' who tease and bully her because of her heritage.
So when the high school golf coach asks Fred to be on their all-boy team, it is no surprise when Fred hesitates and almost says no. It is no surprise when her teammates ignore her and the whispers and teasing from her classmates get worse. Fred remains quiet and does what she knows best, golf.

Ryan, the school's golden-boy-golf-star, really took me by surprise. His best friend, Seth, was kicked-off the golf team for more than one reason and Ryan was just as angry about the decision and changes. When Seth went overboard to bully and hurt Fred, I thought that Ryan would step up and be the good guy, the typical 'knight in shining armor' - and I was so wrong to assume. He was anything but that. Peer pressure influenced Ryan's decisions so many times. Even though as time went along and he was getting to know more about Fred, like her, help her. When the real stuff would happen, he would give in to his peers and pull away. This made me so angry. But, as difficult as it was, I understood where Ryan was coming from - and he needed to go through the things that he went through with Fred in order to become the person that he did in the end. Just like Fred.

I really liked how the story was told from both Fred's and Ryan's point-of-views; being able to see exactly what they were thinking and going through made me understand their differences and choices which was definitely needed for this book.

I am very much looking forward to Hooked's companion novel,
Played, which is to hopefully be released in 2014!
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Margie Cortina Reviewed by Margie Cortina January 30, 2013
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An amazing debut about a girl named Fred!

I never thought that I would fall for a girl named Fred; but I did, I really did...

Liz Fichera puts it all out there in Hooked - bullying, inequality, racism, addictions, the test of relationships, loyalty and love. I love when an author can be completely honest with her characters and their situations. Makes the characters stronger, believable and memorable. Both main characters are teens that are raw and definitely not perfect by making some bad mistakes and, sometimes, learning from those mistakes.

Fred is a Native American girl who loves to play golf. Golf is a lifeline for Fred, not only does she enjoy and excel at it, but it also helps distract her from the stresses in her life. Her family lives on the reservation; her father works as the groundskeeper at the local golf course and her mother is an alcoholic who tries to help make ends meet as a waitress at an upscale restaurant. Life is not easy for Fred, especially at school, surrounded by 'rich white kids' who tease and bully her because of her heritage.
So when the high school golf coach asks Fred to be on their all-boy team, it is no surprise when Fred hesitates and almost says no. It is no surprise when her teammates ignore her and the whispers and teasing from her classmates get worse. Fred remains quiet and does what she knows best, golf.

Ryan, the school's golden-boy-golf-star, really took me by surprise. His best friend, Seth, was kicked-off the golf team for more than one reason and Ryan was just as angry about the decision and changes. When Seth went overboard to bully and hurt Fred, I thought that Ryan would step up and be the good guy, the typical 'knight in shining armor' - and I was so wrong to assume. He was anything but that. Peer pressure influenced Ryan's decisions so many times. Even though as time went along and he was getting to know more about Fred, like her, help her. When the real stuff would happen, he would give in to his peers and pull away. This made me so angry. But, as difficult as it was, I understood where Ryan was coming from - and he needed to go through the things that he went through with Fred in order to become the person that he did in the end. Just like Fred.

I really liked how the story was told from both Fred's and Ryan's point-of-views; being able to see exactly what they were thinking and going through made me understand their differences and choices which was definitely needed for this book.

I am very much looking forward to Hooked's companion novel,
Played, which is to hopefully be released in 2014!

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Recommended by: Harlequin Teen via Netgalley

Recommended for: Girls and girly guys who like sweet love stories.



**An ARC e-galley was provided by Harlequin Teen via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Hooked,for me,was a decent read.It was not an intense feisty read which I was expecting,judging from the cover.I mean,just look at it! O.O It's hot,admit it!!!

So if you're looking for a hot and intense read,do NOT turn to this book to meet your desires.On the other hand,if you want a book which is unbelievably sweet and has a strong and admirable female protagonist,well look no further!! Hooked might just be the next big thing for you!So whether you'll like it or not really depends on your taste.But one thing's for sure,it can be a perfect travel read,despite the fact that it's a part of a series.Which leads to my next musing.Why IN THE WORLD is it a part of a series?!It could have been a perfect stand-alone! >.< So as for my conclusion on the sequel, Played,it will either stand out in the limelight or burn to ashes.But we'll see what happens. **smirks**
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Nobonita Chowdhury Reviewed by Nobonita Chowdhury January 21, 2013
Last updated: January 21, 2013
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A decent read,though would have been better left as a stand-alone.

Recommended by: Harlequin Teen via Netgalley

Recommended for: Girls and girly guys who like sweet love stories.



**An ARC e-galley was provided by Harlequin Teen via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Hooked,for me,was a decent read.It was not an intense feisty read which I was expecting,judging from the cover.I mean,just look at it! O.O It's hot,admit it!!!

So if you're looking for a hot and intense read,do NOT turn to this book to meet your desires.On the other hand,if you want a book which is unbelievably sweet and has a strong and admirable female protagonist,well look no further!! Hooked might just be the next big thing for you!So whether you'll like it or not really depends on your taste.But one thing's for sure,it can be a perfect travel read,despite the fact that it's a part of a series.Which leads to my next musing.Why IN THE WORLD is it a part of a series?!It could have been a perfect stand-alone! >.< So as for my conclusion on the sequel, Played,it will either stand out in the limelight or burn to ashes.But we'll see what happens. **smirks**

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