After Hooked, comes Played.

Played by Liz Fichera
Published by Harlequin TEEN 5/27/2014


In Hooked, by Liz Fichera, we meet Sam Tracey and his unrequited love for Fred (short for Fredericka). In Played, Liz Fichera’s second novel surrounding the Gila River Indian Rez and Lone Butte High School, Sam Tracey gets his own story. Sam is smart and wants to use his smarts to help his people. Riley is only worried about how other people see her. When Riley falls off the rim and Sam tries to save her, their lives collide.

Told in alternating points of view, Ms Fichera pulls readers into the story with her spot on understanding of teen life. She keeps us hooked with Riley’s effort to find herself and Sam’s effort to see beyond Fred. Readers also get an authentic portrayal of the poverty, illiteracy and beauty of life on the Rez. Ultimately, Riley and Sam – just like teens everywhere – want to be seen beyond their family, beyond the labels. Played is an enjoyable read that teens will devour. #WeNeedDiverseBooks

About Ruth Compton

Youth Librarian by day; intellectual freedom fighter by night! Book Reviewer for Capitol Choices & ALA's GLBTRT. Parent of a teen reader! View all posts by Ruth Compton

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