YA contemporary romance with a Native American, female golfer protagonist
Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 368 pages
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
Native American teenager, Fredericka “Fred” Oday, is an extremely talented golfer. When the school coach sees her play, he eagerly asks her to join the all-boys team. When Fred accepts, she has no idea that she is displacing one of the boys, who is intensely resentful, even though his wild behavior and low grades made his removal completely predictable. The best friend of the displaced boy, Ryan, is handsome and popular, and very loyal to his friend. Out of that loyalty, he is determined to dislike Fred. He also becomes more than a little jealous of Fred, because Ryan soon discovers that she is a brilliant player, much better than he is. Before she came, he was the top player on the team, but no longer.
I always appreciate any YA romance novel written with dual points of view. It was particularly useful knowing Ryan’s point of view, because without it some of his actions would have made him seem more like a villain than a hero.
The author did an excellent job weaving in Fred’s home life, cultural background, and her desire, with her family’s support, to get an education and lift up her standard of living. The juxtaposition between her family life and Ryan’s was also very interesting to read.
Fred is a very strong, focused young woman, and an extremely sympathetic heroine. It was fascinating learning about golf, a sport I personally know little about.
This is Liz Fichera’s debut novel, and a rich addition to YA multicultural novels.
Review Disclosure: I received review copy of this book through NetGalley.
I rate this book as follows:
Family Drama Plot: 5
Social Drama Plot: 5
Romantic Plot: 4