Thursday, November 17, 2011

Hooked

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Book Details

Author: Catherine Greenman
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 404 KB
Print Length: 290 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385740085
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (August 9, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services

Book Summary

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. (taken from goodreads.com)

Book Review

What I primarily love about Hooked is its complex characters, especially Thea. You can see how her character grew in the story. From a 17-year old high school who doesn’t seem to have a solid plan in her life. She got pregnant accidentally because of a forgotten pill. She considered abortion. I was really happy she chickened out and decided to keep the baby instead and tried her best to be the best mother.

Thea fell in love with Will, who was a year older than her. She didn’t expect it to last long. When Will went to college, they were still together. He supported Thea when she decided to keep the baby, I loved him at first. But when he decided to give up the baby for adoption because of a single mishap, I changed my mind. He was scared to death he or Thea will do something wrong with the baby. Maybe he wasn’t really ready to become a father at a young age. I wished he worked things out with Thea rather than giving up. After all, Thea tried to be a good mother. He should do his part as well.

Her parents were not perfect, but they care for her. I like her mom, she was really open talking about sexuality with her daughter. She supported Thea when she was needed the most. Her dad, although disappointed of the loss of his dreams for his daughter, lent his moral and financial support.

I thought the title Hooked pertains about the love story. I was wrong. I really didn’t find any mushy stuffs I could usually find in several. Hooked refers to Thea’s skill in crocheting – this talent allowed her to have more confidence in the future in raising her son while working on things with Will. There was no-real happy ending in the story, instead the last part of the book brims with hope that Thea can face the future with or without will because she learnt to trust herself and her instincts in making the right decisions not only for her but for her child as well.


Favorite Quotes

“They won't be a right be a right time, Thea, it doesn't exist. Just get it over with” 

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