Released: January 29th, 2013
Author: Liz Fichera
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format I Read: Paper Back
First off, Thank You Harlequin Teen for sending me this book!!
This book is in two perspectives; Fred's and Ryan's
Meet Fred, A Native American girl who loves to golf. She joins the schools only golf team. Plot Twist: she's the only girl on the team. Fred gets a lot of support from the coach, but there is some serious dislike between her and the guys on the team.
Not only is she the only girl, but she is much better than all the boys on the team causing them to dislike her even more.
This is when she realizes that by joining the team she took somebody else's spot. This somebody happens to be Ryan's best friend, Seth. When Ryan and Fred are partners for the first golf tournament, Seth's revenge begins.
To keep this review spoiler free, all I can say is......
I didn't like Ryan. Nope. Not at all... There was just something wrong with his character. I found my self dreading the chapters written in his perspective.
Fred, on the other hand, was interesting. She had to deal with multiple stereotypes and serious real life issues (i.e: sexism, racist remarks, bulling) throughout the story. The interesting part was that she didn't get whiney like most female protagonists do today, she found healthy ways to deal with it. It was a welcome change.
While I didn't like the plot as much as I could have, I really enjoyed reading about Fred and Ryan's family life. Both come from families that have serious issues. For instance, early on in the book we find out that Fred's Mom is an alcoholic. How Fred deals with her Mom felt very real to me.
If the character building hadn't been so good, this book would have been utter crap.
Most of the book's contents made me want to burn my eyes.
The only characters I genuinely like were Yolanda and Kelly, two very minor characters. I liked them the best because they were literally the only people that could make me smile. They weren't even that funny. I was just desperate for any humor. ANY AT ALL. When you are so deprived, even the most rude and crude jokes were welcomed with open arms.
So in the end this book was bad.
I can't say I'd recommend this to anyone. Sorry?