Monday, January 7, 2013

Review, Character Interview & Giveaway: Hooked by Liz Fichera

Hooked by Liz Fichera
Published Date: January 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA

The Story:
Get hooked on a girl named Fred… HE said: Fred Oday is a girl? Puh-leeze. Why is a girl taking my best friend's spot on the boys' 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…

My Review:  Loved it!!  Wow!  First off, a girl named Fred?!  Well, that's just the nickname, but better than her full name.  And she is scouted by the local high school golf coach.  Fred lives on the reservation, and attened the public school, but stayed to herself.  Then when the coach sees her at the golf course - because that's where her dad works - he wants her to be on the all boys golf team.  That ends up sending a ripple effect through the team and the school.  I was hooked....  pun totally intended, from the very begininng!

Interview with Fred Oday

Did you ever figure out how Ryan knew what golf shoes you were looking at?

Eventually.  When Mom saw the new golf shoes she said, “So that’s what the White Boy was fishing around about.”  I hate when she uses that term but that’s Mom.  When we were in the hospital visiting Dad after his heart attack, Ryan asked Mom for my shoe size.  Mom thought that was pretty weird but, truth be told, she thinks a lot of white people are weird.  But she’s starting to warm up to Ryan a little.

Have the boys finally realized how much of a jerk they were being, when you won the golf game?

Yes and no. Some have accepted me on the team; others haven’t but at least the pranks have stopped.  It’s still a struggle fitting in but I don’t let it get to me like I did when I first joined the team.  I just concentrate on winning games and improving my scores.  I can’t make people like or respect me, least of all the boys on the golf team.  I figure that will have to come with time.  And just because they were jerks, doesn’t mean I will be.

What do you want to study in college?

I love school so that is a hard question.  My two favorite subjects are English and Chemistry.  I would love to create or be something that would be useful to my tribe, the Gila River Indian Community. 

Are you hoping for some new golf clubs, or do you want to keep yours?

Coach Lannon keeps bugging me about getting new clubs but I tell him that I’ve come this far with the used clubs that Dad got me, why change it?  Besides, golf clubs are expensive and money is always tight.

Are things better for you and Ryan? ;)

We’ve gotten closer since Dad’s heart attack.  We pretty much spend all of our free time together, which has been kind of an adjustment since I was always so used to being alone.  We golf every weekend together too and he’s been out to our house for a barbecue a few times.  So far, we’re not driving each other crazy or anything. Truth is, I’d be crazy without him.

Thanks Fred!
Thanks for inviting me!

1.) The first giveaway is a copy of Hooked by Liz Fichera for your Tour Stop!
Enter via Rafflecoper.

2.)The second giveaway is Harlequin Grand Prize Package, including 2 copies of Hooked  1 copy of Speechless, 1 copy of Pushing The Limits, 1 copy of Indigo Awakening and 2 Harlequin Notebooks.

Simply enter via the Rafflecoper widget and get extra entries for tweeting (once per TourStop), following Jordan on twitter, leaving your mailing address (for faster shipment of the prize) and for leaving a comment at each Tour Stops (one extra entry for each TourStop). Grand Prize Winner is drawn from all entries throughout the Tour.

See full contest rules here.

Everyone who pre-orders Hooked between the dates January 7 – January 29 will receive an official hot pink Hooked wristband and autographed Hooked bookmark swag pack. Simply email your proof of purchase dated between between January 7 – January 29, to to receive your swag pack. US/Canada only.
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  1. Those clubs are familiar and working for you - why change?
    Good stuff, Liz!

  2. I cannot wait to read this book! Fred is my kinda gal.

  3. This book sounds so good and I've heard amazing things about it! Thanks for the tour stop!

  4. Can't wait to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Heard such great things!!! Can't wait to read it.

  6. This is the first I have heard of this book it sounds great! I am definitely ready to get Hooked!

  7. To be honest, I'm not sure how I feel about a girl who shares the same first name as my grandfather, but otherwise this book sounds really cute!

  8. This book was so cute! And I love the questions you asked! Now that I think about it I wanted to know these things too! <3

  9. I've always liked the name Fred.... Maybe I'll get a new nickname.

  10. Sounds like a good book...just put it on goodreads to be read list.
    I adore this cover!!!

  11. I cannot wait to read this, sounds amazing!!!!

    Jolene A

  12. Fred sounds awesome! Can't wait to read more about her ;D

  13. Interesting premise, liz.

    All the best with this one! I really do enjoy your writing!

  14. Looks like a great book.

  15. Hooked sounds fascinating. I love reading about YA characters from different walks of life. Golf isn't something I would usually read about, but it sounds like Fred makes Hooked entertaining.

  16. Thanks for the great giveaway! I love how this book sounds!

  17. Thanks so much for hosting me during the blog tour. It was so fun to do the interview! <3



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