Monday, April 15, 2013

Hooked by Liz Fichera

Since we're finally having some springier weather, here's a book from Katie that takes you out on the links.

Hooked by Liz Fichera

This is a book for all of you with a fondness for “He said... She said...” romances. And for some people (like myself) that’s enough to send you to the stacks searching for it. But if you need a bit more convincing, read on...

Fred Oday is a girl, something you may not expect at first when you hear her name. What might also surprise you is that Fred lives on a reservation, she’s just been named the only girl on an all boy’s golf team, and she just might be their one hope for a state championship. And if catching grief for her new found fame at school wasn’t enough, her home life comes with it’s own set of problems. What she doesn’t need is more drama.

Enter golden boy Ryan Berenger, Fred’s new golf partner. Classic case of rich boy with everything including an attitude problem, her polar opposite. And yet maybe having it all isn’t as great as it seems, especially if you don’t really know what it is that you want. And he certainly doesn’t want Fred. Only he can’t seem to get her out of his mind.

I expected this book to largely be Fred’s story--a Native American girl overcoming racial and gender prejudice, taking pride in her culture, holding her family together--none of those are small accomplishments. But it soon becomes clear that while some struggles are for public consumption, others are waged inside us. And the battle going on inside Ryan as he begins taking steps toward being a better person is every bit as compelling.

Ryan and Fred come from different worlds and have separate paths to walk, but if fate throws those paths together enough times... then who are they to fight it? Romance and angst and golf, of all things, combine here to satisfying results.

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