Friday, March 15, 2013

Book Talk - HOOKED by Liz Fichera

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.

Fredericka "Fred" Oday is only too aware of how much she stands out on the golf team at her predominantly white school... especially since she's the only girl. All she wants to do is play- it's the only outlet that fits well with her alcoholic mother's lifestyle and her dad's schedule as the country club's greenskeeper. But being one of the few Native Americans on this side of the Pecos Road means she can't just keep her head down and her chin up anymore.

Ryan Berenger is less than thrilled to be paired with Fred for their tournaments, even if Lone Butte High School is suddenly winning again. His best friend was cut from the team in order to make room for Fred, and his molded blonde girlfriend is less than pleased about where his gaze is roaming these days. He's been checking out more than Fred's perfect swing... and Fred can't ignore the fact that her concentration slips every time Ryan looks at her.

But there's more separating them than the barbed-wire fence that lines the reservation. Fred's brother can't forget the silver Jeep that nearly ran him off the road one night, and Ryan's best friend will never forgive the Native American drunk driver who killed his father when he was only a baby. Ryan & Fred's aren't the only passions running hot in a situation fraught with tension, romance and the emotional showdown between the girl with the killer swing and the boy with the killer smile.

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