Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: January 29th 2013
Source: Harlequin Teen Pannel
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
When Native American Fredricka ‘Fred’ Oday is invited to become the only girl on the school’s golf team, she can’t say no. This is an opportunity to shine, win a scholarship and go to university, something no one in her family has done.
But Fred’s presence on the team isn’t exactly welcome — especially not to rich golden boy Ryan Berenger, whose best friend was kicked off the team to make a spot for Fred.
But there’s no denying that things are happening between the girl with the killer swing and the boy with the killer smile...
GET HOOKED ON A GIRL NAMED FRED.
I really love to read good contemporaries in the summer where I can learn about all sorts of people doing
all sorts of things without having to get lost in a new world. I loved how this books fits perfectly with my summer contemporaneity cravings with a great setting and a cute romance to go along with it. This story is told in alternating perspectives as the story tells about the lives of Fred and Ryan.
This is the story of a girl named Fred. Fred is a Native American teenager who is quite a talented golf player. During the beginning of the school year Fred is recruited to join the high school boys golf team as the only female, and only Native American on the team, as well as the best player. The book follows her story as she overcomes what people think of her and just has fun, as well as relationship with the second best player on the team, Ryan.
As a whole I did quite like Fred as a character. She isn't exactly the easiest character to really connect with. She's quite a shy character with very few friends and she doesn't really just wants to stay in the shadows as much as possible. She didn't really stand up for herself as much as I would have liked, and she really didn't seem to have a set path in front of her. Despite some of her qualities I couldn't help but become very emotionally invested in her story. I felt like despite how alone she often was I was there for her, and I would be her friend. I just wanted to help her along in her crazy life.
Ryan also was somewhat hard to like at times. He was quite ignorant of how terrible some of his friends were and he just let them do terrible things to other people without question, and then it seemed like the second he met Fred he just suddenly realized how terrible they were and had to defend her all the time. Just like with Fred I really got into their story despite some of the things I didn't like about them.
I am not a golf fan in form. I happen to think it's quite boring personally, but I didn't really find this book boring at all despite the fact that golf was a major point in the book. This book handled sports in a great way, just like in Catching Jordan.
I am in no way an expert about Native American Culture, but I felt that the story handled it quite well, and I love how it was inserted into the book at various point to add some cultural diversity.
There was just some part of this book that made it super addicting. Maybe it was the tension, or the chemistry between the characters, but I just fell in love.