Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless – Liz Czukas

Synopsis

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.

Review

Hah, this short little book was adorable! If you’re looking for the least Christmas-y book to be set on December 24, this fits the bill!! Then again, it will most definitely get “Feliz Navidad” stuck in your head for a few days.

There were definitely a few weird plot points—uh, a wild goose chase by the loading docks? The whole box cutter thing? Even being detained while everyone else was allowed to go home…? But I didn’t fret about them too much.

I loved some other strange parts though… like the idea of getting taken away from a grocery store because of lack of food (hah!). There was some great banter (Sammi! Gabe!). Micah is like my spirit animal. And Chloe dear, I’ll be your friend.

This book was so “Breakfast Club.” Totally standard archetypes put in a detention-like situation, where they learn to bond? …Sign me up! Thankfully, this book didn’t take itself too seriously, so it ended up being a ton of fun. At least they recognized their issues. The situation was pretty interesting because it relates a lot to some organizational behaviour courses I am taking right now—there’s something called the mere-exposure effect, where you start to like people simply because you spend so much time around them. This book puts that idea on display!! I wish we got to see Chloe’s mom a bit more though (she seemed like SUCH a character).

I liked the lists, I liked the voice, I loved the characters. My only gripe was the “mystery” plotline itself—I would’ve been perfectly happy to observe a day in these people’s lives (no matter how pointless)—they could’ve simply been trapped in a snowstorm. The overarching problem wasn’t necessary!

Related Reading

  • The Breakfast Club (1985)
  • Bittersweet – Sarah Ockler
  • Six Impossible Things – Fiona Wood
  • The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy – Kate Hattemer
  • The Ex Games – Jennifer Echols

Rating: 4/5

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