Review: Hooked

Jun •  8 •  2013
Review: HookedHooked by Catherine Greenman
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on August 9th 2011
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary
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Thea Galehouse has always known how to take care of herself. With a flighty club-owner mom and a standoffish, recovering-alcoholic dad, Thea has made her own way in her hometown of New York, attending the prestigious and competitive Stuyvesant High School. But one chat with Will, a handsome and witty senior, and she's a goner—completely hooked on him and unable to concentrate on anything else.
Always worried that she loves Will more than he loves her, Thea is pleasantly surprised when their romance weathers his move to college and Will goes out of his way to involve her in his life. But then, Thea misses a period. And that starts Thea and Will on a wild ride that neither of them could have possibly prepared for. When they decide to keep the baby, their concerned parents chip in what they can to keep Will in school and give both teenagers a comfortable place to raise their child. But when a freak accident leaves Thea shaken and threatens to upend their little family altogether, Thea is forced to turn to the last place she would have chosen for comfort: her stiff, uncompromising father.
This smart, touching first novel brims with realistic, beautifully drawn characters, and reminds us that love is never as easy or predictable as we might like it to be.

I don’t pick up much teen pregnancy books cause of the drama. This story however, goes farther and much more in depth than what I thought.

1. Plot. This has a very good plot. We have the characters who meet, fall in love and of course get pregnant unexpectedly. And they fail. I really enjoyed the plot has the rise of love, excitement of a new life to  the failing of communication and fear. It really showcase every single angle.

2. Emotions. This story is just like a roller coaster. First love, the joy of child birth, and then the hurt and betrayal of loving your boyfriend. Things change so much within the story that at times, I took a few breaks. Some parts really ticked me off.

3. Motherhood. Even though this girl was just a teen, she took her responsibility well. She cared for her child no matter what she was told. And yeah, like every mother out there, there were accidents with her son and yet, she learned from them. It made her stronger and a better mother.

4. Parent Support. I don’t think that this girl could have done it without the help of her parents. Her parents are wonderful people who did everything they could to protect their daughter and their grandchild. They helped her finish school and get a job.

5. Success. Just because you have a child when you are young does not mean you life is over. Yeah, it will be harder but if you put your mind to it, you can make it. Thea did. She pushed to finish school and she became successful. It took her longer, but she did it so she can have a future for her son. And that’s amazing.

Hooked is a great story showcasing wonderful writing and characters. A loving tale that will tug at your heart, Hooked is awesome.

I give it 4 BITES!

4bites

Happy Reading!

SavySig2

3 Comments

  1. I’m not really drawn to teen pregnancy books either, but this one sounds really good. I am glad that her family is there to support her and help her through, and that she takes responsibility. Great review!

  2. Krys
    Jun 10, 2013

    I’ve never seen a teen pregnancy novel, so this is quite a new concept in the YA trend (for me anyways) and this sounds like a great read. Another book to be added to my list… thanks 😉
    – Krys

  3. I think as long as the problems were realistic I think this one might be a good one out there for teens. It’s great that she had a good support system. Great review!