By: Celine | November 13, 2014 | (23) Comments

Review: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz CzukasTop Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas
Publisher: HarperTeen
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.

5. “LISTS.”

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!~

4 Stars
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Celine is 17 years old and from the Netherlands. Quite obviously, she loves books! She has been a reader for as long as she can remember, and she believes she will be a reader forever. Celine is also obsessed with food, and loves singing along to music as loud as possible, dancing and doodling on nearly everything.

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23 Responses to Review: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas

  1. Kelly says:

    Cait from those Notebookers will be along soon seeing you mention you love lists. Better get the cake ready.

    I love fluffies. They’re my bookish indulgence really. Fluffy YA contemporaries that don’t have much of a purpose than to warm your heart and make you smile. Set over the course of a day? The banter? I’m completely sold. Will wait until it’s on Kindle.
    Fabulous review poppet <3
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    • Celine says:

      Haha, this is extremely true. *readies lists* *readies cake*

      And right there with you! Fluffy books make me happy. They’re usually just so cute, and like you said, leave you with a smile on your face.
      Thank you, Kelly <33

  2. I still haven’t read any books by this author. Seems like I really do have to do that. Great review Celine!

  3. I could use one of these reads at the moment.

    Thanks for the heads up!
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  4. Tanja says:

    I haven’t heard of this one but diversity is where you got me! I love when I see it in YA books, which doesn’t happen often lemme tell you. So yeah! Although I’m not happy about the romance there. I mean maybe I’ll feel it differently but still in contemporary books romance is important to me. Great review 🙂
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    • Celine says:

      Yep, there’s a serious lack of diversity in YA! And yes, the romance is important to me too, but I was honestly enjoying the group’s banter so much that I didn’t really care *that* much that the romance left me mostyl cold.

      Thanks, Tanja <33

  5. I really want to read this one and Ask Again Later, both sound so fun!
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  6. Diversity is something I look for in my books, so it makes me happy to learn that Czukas incorporated several non-typical character types. I like lists too, although I’m not sure how well they’ll work in a story, I guess it’ll depend on the context. It’s kinda crazy that the whole novel unfolds in just a single day!
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  7. DID YOU JUST SAY LISTS??! *dashes to goodreads* I’m five billion percent sold that’s for sure. Even if it does kind of look fluffy and giddy. 😉 STILL. There’s nothing like a fluffy read once in a while, right?! yaaay for diversity too!
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    • Celine says:

      LISTS. Lists everywhere.

      I absolutely knew this would get your attention, haha. Yes, it’s very light and fluffy, but I really need that once in a while to warm my cold, icy heart. *coughs*

  8. Oh my gosh it sounds totally adorable and I love how it’s full of lists! The characters sound like they’re formed really well and have some adorable banter. I can’t wait to read this, thanks for the review!
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  9. Lily says:

    Oh I love these type of cute/short and fluffy reads and YAY for diversity! I’ll have to add this to my TBR since these types of reads are always needed at times!
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  10. Melanie says:

    Hehe, I love how you set up your review for this. Basically, I must agree! Czukas writes the best fluffy books >.<

  11. Haha, I just wrote my review for this and did a list format too. 🙂 This is such a cute book! Not as good as Ask Again Later, but lots of fun. Glad you enjoyed it too!
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