Author: Liz Fichera
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Harlequin Teen (Jan. 31, 2013)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 4 Stars!
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 enjoyed this story. I wasn't sure if I would because it has a lot of mixed reviews, which now after reading it, sort of surprises me. Yes there is a lot about golf in this, after all it is what brings Ryan and Fred together. It is their passion and ultimately their first connection but it isn't all that the story is about. Really this was a story about a young couple trying to deal with the pressures of the world around them, with prejudices, a less than perfect family life and dealing with being a teenager in a crazy world.
Fred was such a fantastic character. So down to earth and real feeling. She wasn't perfect but she was loyal and strong and just someone I would like to know in real life.
Ryan took me by surprise. He wasn't at all like I thought he was going to be in the beginning. Yes he was spoiled and rich, popular and a jock but there was so much more to him. He really turned out to be kind and caring. He sort of had that cute little lost boy thing going for him and I couldn't help but like him.
Fred and Ryan were so much a like in so many ways that it was no wonder they were drawn together.
I loved watching they both open up and grow. Finding who they wanted to be in life, dealing with things that I think most people, teenagers or not, can relate to in one form or another. Pressures of family, friends and society. Trying to find what makes you happy and who you want along for the journey to get there.
Fichera once again created a wonderful story about self discovery and finding what and who makes us happy in life, grabbing onto it and never letting go.