Thursday, December 1, 2011

Review: Hooked by Catherine Greenman


Publisher: Delacorte
Pages: 288
Source: Personal Copy

A teenage pregnancy comes with a certain amount of drama, and when Thea Galehouse discovers she’s pregnant at the age of sixteen, her mother is less than thrilled. Thea comes from a divorced family and asks her mother not to tell her father, afraid of what he might say and opting for an abortion, her secret can be kept. Thea’s boyfriend sits back and accepts her decision to abort the baby. When the time comes, Thea runs out of the room and decides to come back another day, but that day doesn’t come. When she decides that abortion is not her best option, and her attachment to her child has already formed, she must confront everyone including her strict father. During her pregnancy, Thea tries to pass away the time by crocheting a bikini that her grandmother once gave her. Once the baby arrives, Thea is feeling the pressures of motherhood and a relationship propelled on the fast track. When an accident occurs that sends Thea running to the hospital with the baby, she must endure much criticism. An honest mistake, turns into a teenager being irresponsible. The caring and supportive boyfriend turns his back on her, and Thea must keep her priorities in check.

Hooked is an emotional tale about the struggles of teenage love, and teenage parenthood. A debut novel filled with realistic circumstances. The narrative is told in the first person, and readers get to know Thea, a teenage girl who makes adult decisions, who must confront those who think they know what’s best for her.  Greenman has the ability to tackle a sensitive topic and be able to touch the intended young audience as well as adults.  The characters could have been more developed, but overall the story was very well written. The family dynamic really comes into play, and Thea turns to the one person she was afraid to tell about her pregnancy. Her father becomes her rock, and steers her into the right direction. While he tells her all that she needs to know, Thea has her own ambitions. Readers really see the complicated relationship of teenager daughter, and mother but still a child who needs direction. This story has its fair share of drama, it's a story about unconditional love, perseverance, and favorable outcomes. A quick read, with a big message.


15 comments:

  1. Great review, this is not a book I would normally read but after reading your review of it I am adding it to my TBR list!

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  2. I read this book and I did not like it at all. I am glad to see that you enjoyed it though.

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  3. This book is not my normal type of read but I am curious enough about it to put it on my tbr list. You review has made me think I just may like it!

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  4. I'm glad it doesn't make teen motherhood look glamorous!

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  5. I like that this one has a strong emphasis on family and that her dad turns out to be the one person she can really count on when she thought he would be the last person to support her. I haven't read too many reviews for this one, so it was fun reading your thoughts on it Jennifer!

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  6. Teenage pregnancy is a tough subject for a book. Nicely reviewed!

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  7. What a complex subject for a book. I can't imagine all the trials a teenager goes through with friends and family when they become pregnant. I'm glad to see this teenager seems to eventually navigate through all of it successfully. I'm sure not without some missteps though. Nice review!

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  8. I think that I would really like to read this one at some point. It sounds like it really delivers in the dramatic tension area, and that it not only instructs, but is entertaining as well. Great review on this one today! I will be looking for it!

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  9. Nice review. I really want to read this book and review just makes me want to read it more. I am glad to hear that it is a good read.
    *Kristin*
    Book Sniffers Anonymous

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  10. Oh my goshness, this book sounds so incredibly touching!! Not many authors touch on the subject of teenage pregnancy like this, but it sounds like Catherine Greenman does an amazing job! I just love it -- and that perfectly fitting cover definitely has its effect! ;)

    Awesome review, Mrs. Q! I usually don't read many contemporary books like this, but your review really makes this book sparkle. It sounds amazing! :)

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  11. I have not see many YA books like this one around lately so I like it

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  12. I've been meaning to read this book for a while now. It sounds touching book. Wonderful review!

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  13. Great review! I agree with a lot of what you said.

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  14. Although the book didn't end the way i had hoped. It was a great book! I would probably suggest this book to teens!
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