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.
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.