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.
Thea Galehouse is one of those lucky girls who gets to keep her dreamy boyfriend even after he goes to college. She's not so lucky in that her mother is sexually-explicit with her, while ignoring the majority of her shenanigans & her father has been predominately absent from her life despite having a loud opinion about it. Will & Thea seem like such a good fit & I have a feeling that they might have gone the distance if they hadn't got caught up in it all.
When Thea chooses to have the baby (while simultaneously lying to everyone about getting an abortion) she effectively sets herself up for everything else that happens to her. While that may sound obvious, I believe that some things might not have happened to her (both good & bad) had she not chosen to keep the baby. This book definitely does not sugar coat the reality of teenage parenthood, but I also don't think that this is necessarily most girls' experiences. I think they'll be able to relate to Thea in ways that other readers can't & I think that is a really positive selling point to the book.
I didn't find anything so glaringly obvious at fault with this book. Personally I enjoyed the crocheting metaphors throughout the book & how this simple hobby helps Thea through some dark times. The wonkiest thing about this book had to be Thea's mother. A former adult nightclub owner, she is emotionally distant & wants to be Thea's friend more than anything else. I think this really helped contribute to Thea's predicament, but not so much that it was obvious that this kind of thing was going to happen to her.
A tender-hearted read, Hooked is a phenomenal book that allows us a glimpse at what could be for many girls.