Release Date: December 9th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.
Top Seven Things I Thought While Reading This Book
1. “This is adorable!”
Because seriously, IT WAS. It was written with a similar tone to Ask Again Later, which was just completely adorable and fluffy, and Top Ten Clues was no different. I just love the happy, cutesy feel of Czukas’ books.
2. “These characters are amazing.”
Top Ten Clues follows a group of teenagers, working at a store called GoodFoods. All of these teens had just such unique personalities, and I loved it. Put these people together and you get a whole lot of banter, snark and character development. Which I just so happen to love. All the characters have such distinctive personalities, but secretly, they’re all a little alike too. In a good way. Watching this group interact was just awesome.
3. “YAY diversity!”
Look at that! We have a book with actual diversity! This includes a black love interest, a Middle Eastern coworker and a redhead with diabetes. Thank you, Liz Czukas. Despite the light tone of the novel, issues like rasicm are mentioned and worked out.
4. “Eh, romance.”
Despite the diversity which includes the love interest, I, er, didn’t really feel this romance? I DID NOT SHIP THE SHIP. Colour me devastated. That doesn’t mean I unshipped the ship, but I didn’t really care either. I mean, the romance was very cute, that’s for sure. But the love interest just felt a bit… bland at times and I just didn’t really connect with the ship. I’m very disappointed about that, but thankfully I did still enjoy the book.
I looooooove lists. Absolutely love them. And this book is filled with them! Chloe is a list-maker, both with pen and paper and in her head. They’re often pretty hilarious and really, they’re lists. I’m sold.
6. “This group of teens, guys. This group of teens.”
Related to #2, but okay. So, all these teens had these amazing personalities, which all differed from each other and made for hilarious conversation. Can I just mention the banter and stuff again? Throughout the novel, each character started learning more about the others and it was lovely. And then there were the conversations, which I swear were the best part of the novel. They just slowly became friends and it was amazing to see. Then there’s this one scene that involved food, which I loved.
7. “Wait – huh?”
Intelligent thought, no? I will explain. Top Ten Clues is set over the course of a day. This is a thing I did not know. I expected it to feature, like, a week at least. This left me very confused (“why don’t these people go home ever?”) initially. However, once I realized that wait, this is actually set over the course of a day, I could let that go and just enjoy the ride.
~Thank you, Harper Teen, for the review copy!~
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