Title: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless
Author: Liz Czukas
About: 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.
My Thoughts: I found Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas to be a very fast read. If I’d had the chance to sit and just read, I probably could’ve finished this in a couple of hours easily. It goes by fast, and it’s a fun read that — despite its subject — is rather light. The whole novel takes place in a matter of a couple of hours. I think that helps with the pace.
In some ways, this reminded me of The Breakfast Club. Although, I can’t say too much about that — honestly, I’ve never seen the whole movie all the way through. (I know, I know!) But, I’ve seen enough to be able to see the similarity. (Interesting, as Ask Again Later, also by Liz Czukas, totally reminded me of the movie Sliding Doors. Perhaps this author is a film buff? Which is kinda cool! )
Chloe is a pretty good narrator. She came across as likable and very natural. She’s a new kid, having somewhat recently moved, and having trouble fitting in. (I can relate.) What doesn’t help is that she has Type 1 Diabetes. And is a redhead. And wears glasses. And has this weird thing where she makes lists out of everything — I’m not kidding. Everything! But, she’s pretty cool, and I found myself pulling for her. Wanting her to get the guy, not get in trouble, etc. She doesn’t know much about her coworkers, but this “work jail” situation helps with that. Everyone bonds and forms a bit of a friendship through this experience. (That can happen when you’re stuck in the same room for several hours.)
I did kinda wonder about the legality of this whole situation. Especially since these kids are minors (mostly). And it’s Christmas Eve — I find it hard to believe these kids’ parents would just blindly accept that their child has to stay well past when the store closes. Especially not Chloe’s mom.
When it comes to the whodunnit part of the story, I found myself not quite figuring it out as quickly as I normally would. I think there’s some excellent diversion — I got so caught up in the moment, that except when Chloe was thinking about the missing money, I kinda forgot about it, too. I had a few different ideas in my head by the time the case is solved. And I’m happy to say I wasn’t right all along!
Still, this was a fun, easy read. If you want some light, mildly holiday-inspired reading this December, consider givingTop Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas a try!
Source: Received through Around the World Tours for review.
Read It: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless is scheduled for release around December 9, 2014. You can pre-order your own copy via Amazon or Book Depository. (These are affiliate links, and purchase through either link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)
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