Friday, December 5, 2014

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

"Top Ten Clues You're Clueless"
Author: Liz Czukas
Series: None
Pages: 304
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Date Published: December 9th, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format Read: eARC provided by publisher (via Edelweiss) for honest review


 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:

An Open Letter To Top Ten Clues You're Clueless,

Thanks for the laughs. Seriously, you're so full of them, that I was in a constant state of the chuckles as I read through you. Sure things got a little far fetched sometimes, but I was enjoying myself so much that I bought into what you were selling me. Thanks for the good times!

-The White Unicorn

Czukas has done it again. She's written a book that is so much fun to read, that you'll want to read it again as soon as you're done with it. You can tell that Czukas knows how to write an honest teen character and this book is filled to the brim with them. They're imperfect and yet you still root for them no matter how old you are.

The story that fills these pages is a simple one, even though it gets a little far fetched at times. Chloe and her other teen comrades are accused of stealing charity money and therefore get stuck waiting for the police at their place of employment: GoodFoods, on Christmas Eve. Going into this book I had no clue that it was set during the holiday season, and this made it even more fun for me, once I learned that that was the case.

This book has a definite Breakfast Club vibe. A bunch a teens who know each other, but don't really know each other, get locked in super market together and we get to watch what happens. It's enjoyable folks and Czukas gives a well rounded cast and nods to ton of social issues without taking away from any of the fun.

Though we see the story from Chloe's eyes, the rest of the teem gets their fair share of page time. It was great to get to know all of them and to see what it was like for them to get to know each other, because if they didn't start talking, they would have been bored out of their minds. I pretty much adored them all, and their antics are spot on. I don't know a kid (or adult) who wouldn't want to try some of the things that happened in this book, and I loved that those things were touched on.

I could give you a million reasons why you should read this book, but I'll let Chloe's lists and the book speak for itself. This is one that everyone should have under their trees or shoved into their stockings this holiday season!

   4 Unicorns = Close to perfect!

1 comment:

Nicole said...

I definitely plan on reading this one when I am next in the mood for a light fluffy contemporary. I thought Ask Again Later was cute and am glad to hear that Top Ten Clues brings more laughts, honesty, and romance.