Hooked by Catherine Greenman Book Review

Hooked by Catherine Greenman is not your typical pregnancy novel. There is no ‘you will get pregnant and you will die.’ Hooked opens pretty much with Thea Galehouse, high schooler at Stuyvesant in NYC, participating in a fire drill. There she has one conversation with senior Will who exudes confidence, is tall and smart, and finds her self hooked. Their relationship heads up. Thea, intelligently on birth control, forgets to take a pill and ends up pregnant. Hooked then proceeds to show pregnancy, birth, and post-birth and how it affects the relationship between Thea and Will.

Hooked, Catherine Greenman, Book Cover, Pregnant Belly

Hooked

Guys, Hooked is a thoughtful read about the different relationships in a person’s life and how they can change in an instant for better or for worse. Catherine Greenman doesn’t sugar coat pregnancy or having a baby. She shows it for what I would imagine it is, a difficult, if also rewarding process.

I loved Thea Galehouse. She worries that she loves will more than he loves her, thus he has the power in the relationship. I think that’s definitely a power dynamic teen girls fear. And for me, it was easy to relate to because I have been in relationships like that, where I liked the guy more than he liked me. It’s not fun. I love that sort of realism, and while it did take me back to some not so happy days, it also made me glad that I’m not like that at all anymore. Plus, we get a seen where Thea regrets not being able to have the full college dorm experience like her friends. I think that’s so realistic. Obviously you miss out on some awesome things when you have a kid too young. OH OH and Thea’s interest in crochet was awesome and made me want to learn how.

Hooked has quirky, realistic, and snappy dialogue. I think Catherine Greenman is a strong writer. She deftly handles the controversial topic of teenage pregnancy without getting all after school special or overly sentimental. In all, Hooked is a non-annoying version of Juno and a fantastic read.

Disclosure: Received for review from PR company.

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Comments

  1. Great review! I haven’t read this yet but your review makes it sound like something I’d like. I wonder if the whole crochet thing ties in with the title too. I will have to look for a copy of this from the library.

  2. And I totally just clicked your link to buy this book for my Kindle. Your review intrigued me too much and then there was the crochet angle and then I was, uh, hooked.

    Sorry, bad pun. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Your review rocks! I think teen pregnancy is almost such a norm in society today that people often overlook all the issues that come along with being a mom at a young age. I LOVE it when authors don’t sugar coat tough issues, it really shows how talented they are as a writer. I will have to check this bad boy out ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I’m fascinated with books like this. I like that you say its not sugar coated. Pregnancy is no joke, and neither is raising a kid. I don’t know teens do it. I know I couldn’t have at that age. Adding this to my to read list. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. a non-annoying version of Juno
    *giggles*

    Glad to hear this one is good and handles the subject realistically. I’m a little sick of books with high school relationships that are entirely too secure and normal so it’s nice to see that there are writers exploring the vulnerability and uncertainty of teens dating.

  6. I am a sucker for books on teen pregnancy, so I definitely want to read this one at some point. Great review!

  7. Interesting idea for a book
    Ann

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