Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review: Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas

Book Title: Top Ten Clues You're Clueless
Author: Liz Czukas
Published Date: December 9th, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA Contemporary
Book Link: Goodreads

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Top Five Things That Are Ruining Chloe’s Day

5) Working the 6:30 a.m. shift at GoodFoods Market

4) Crashing a cart into a customer’s car right in front of her snarky coworker Sammi

3) Trying to rock the “drowned rat” look after being caught in a snowstorm

2) Making zero progress with her crush, Tyson (see #3)

1) Being accused—along with her fellow teenage employees—of stealing upwards of $10,000

Chloe would rather be anywhere than locked in work jail (aka the break room) with five of her coworkers . . . even if one of them is Tyson. But if they can band together to clear their names, what looks like a total disaster might just make Chloe’s list of Top Ten Best Moments.

Disclaimer: I received this e-ARC from HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

So flippin' CUTE! Gahhh, this book was exactly what I needed. It was primarily fluff, with a mystery embedded in it. The characters were interesting and dynamic. I actually liked all of them the same amount, and that hardly ever happens to me. I liked Tyson, Chloe, Sammi, Gabe, Zaina, Micah, at all the same level.

This book was filled with hilarious moments, sweet moments and even a few serious moments. I love books that manage to weave together all these things, and weave it in well.

"When people are shitty to you, it can really mess you up."

That was one of the quotes that hit me like a ton of bricks. I have had people be shitty to me and it not only really hurts, it makes you doubt yourself. Or at least it did that to me. It was a painful reminder of when people had hurt me. That moment was actually an unexpected feelsy moment for me.

"People assume that beautiful girls are sluts,"

That was another quote that made me reflect on my own high school experience. It was definitely true that the most beautiful girls in school were considered sluts. Most of the jocks felt like these girls were gorgeous and would absolutely sleep with them.

Chloe had her own battle to deal with. She has a secret: She's had diabetes since she was little and no one at work knows about this. Being diabetic and forced to stay at work under suspicion of theft, that puts her health in question. She feels her blood sugar dropping, but still resists telling anyone.

I found the mystery too predictable. I knew early on who had done it and I was pleased to find out that I was right. That was the disappointing part to me. I was hoping for some twists and turns, but I guess this book wasn't long enough for that.

I liked Chloe & Tyson as friends, and the romance part of this story really didn't work for me. That was a bit disappointing, but I was able to get over it because the rest of the book was so charming & adorable.This book was really cute, but the romance didn't work for me, and the mystery was predictable. However, the whole book was overall very cute. So I'll be giving this book 4 stars. I'll definitely read more of Czukas' books, and I'm very glad I read this book.

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