Review: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless – Liz Czukas

Review: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless – Liz CzukasTop Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas
Published by Harper Collins
Published: December 9th 2014
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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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

thoughtsAfter reading Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless I know one thing about Liz Czukas, she writes a cute story. Simply put this book was adorable. It was fun with some seriousness. It had a interesting plot with a small mystery. And it made me miss working retail and want to watch The Breakfast Club.

Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless is about Chloe, a teenaged employee at the local supermarket that is stuck working on Christmas Eve. Having moved not long ago Chloe has had trouble making friends and relies on lists to help her get through lonely days. Heading into work Chloe decides she is going to get to know her other co-workers and maybe flirt a little with her crush Tyson. But when money is missing and the 6 teenagers are blamed, they get to all know each other in a way they never expected. The only question, did one of them steal it?

I really liked Chloe and her story a lot. She was one of those characters that is so easy to relate to. She’s insecure in new situations like we all are/can be and that’s why she is so easy to connect with. She so badly wants to make friends but is so scared to take the step to know people and step out if her safe, comfort zone. I also really liked the rest of the cast of characters. They were a very diverse, eclectic group which made them fascinating and The Breakfast Club like. And the romance, although a small part, was just adorable.

I must admit though, what I really enjoyed most was the setting. In high school I worked at a clothing store for my senior year. It was one of the most fun things I have ever done. I remember being stuck in the store after there was a key situation, doing inventory when the electricity was down because of an April snow storm, and general silliness we had on your average night. Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless really brought me back to those days. It made me nostalgic for that year and just made me smile.

All in all a great book that is a quick read. There are many characters to connect with and a fun story to follow along with. The mystery is a small added bonus. If you haven’t read a Liz Czukas book before, I definitely recommend you do.

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