Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless

Top Ten Clues You're Clueless

by 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.

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Lovely characters, sarcastic voice, a bit of mystery and plenty of fun – this book is full of awesome. It is a story about life, about how easy it is to misjudge people, how easy it can be to make friends if you open up just a bit. It felt real, it was sweet and funny and I loved it from cover to cover. 

And now I’ll let you with ten clues on the awesomeness of this book:

1. The cute, clueless main character

Chloe is such a vibrant character, full of quirks and awkwardness, though truly loveable. She wanted to push herself out of her comfort zone, but she never imagined discovering the magic of friendship in one short night that can change everything.

2. The lovely lists

One of the things that defined her was the list making. They were all cute (some funny, some clever) and I enjoyed getting to know Chloe through them a bit more. 

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3. The great cast of characters supporting clueless Chloe

This is a story about friendship (even though the settling might hint at something else) and what I loved about her soon-to-be friends is the diversity, their very different personalities and traits. We have some teenagers from very different backgrounds: Taylor (the love interest) is African American and needs the money for college; Zaina is from Middle East and faces her family’s beliefs; Micah is a very intelligent home-schooled boy; Gabe is assumed to be a golden boy; and Sammie is foster kid, very sharp on her exterior but lovely if you get past that shell.

They all suffered at some point because of the labels people tend to put on them and I loved finding more about each of them.

4. The Christmas spirit (delivered in the middle of my summer)

I read this book in June, but it kind of made me long for the holidays to come already. It was cheery at times, though it had it’s own deep meanings too and I was even tempted to listen to some Christmasy music to go along with it.

5. The perks of working in a grocery store (fun facts)

Over the time I didn’t particularly think much about what it means to work in retail, though from time to time someone in the supermarket might get my attention (and sometimes I do like to play this game of trying to figure out the background of the people before me, based on their purchases, because it’s fun). Anyways, this book seemed to describe an authentic experience – the holiday rush with the never ending orders, the picky clients, the cleaning, pushing carts through the winter slush and also listening on repeat to holidays playlists.

Of course, what really got me was the fun facts, the fun experiences, the funny clients in pyjamas or costumes and so on.

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6. The plot line – a bit of mystery & tons of friendship

There is a bit of mystery in this story – predictable though entertaining, but what I did enjoy was watching the characters run around the store after it was closed, while trying to solve the ‘crime’, getting to know each other and forming an heartwarming friendship. It was not the destination, but the journey.

And, as I said, there is more to this story of finding friendship (and even love) in unexpected places: I loved watching Chloe get closer to all the other characters, making new friends and trying to give up on all her prejudices.

** One thing though.. I didn’t understand why in the world didn’t Chloe get something to eat (store closed and all, it was her life after all).

7.  The race against the clock

This books describes an eventful day worthy of our full attention. It is fun, it seems plausible and it’s well defined in terms of plot timing and character development. I love stories that take place in such short amount of time, it’s like there is a bit of magic in them, or so I feel.

8. The cute romance

superkarket-funThis was not a major point in the story, but it was sweet and I enjoyed the interactions between Tyson and Chloe. Tyson was ambitious and a bit goofy and he had a fun personality. I felt that he was a great match for Chloe, because they balanced each other’s qualities and flaws. 

9.  Again, the diversity!

It’s all about perception, how you see some people, when you don’t know them at all, and how your feelings change with every discovery you make. “Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless” is a story that delivers deep messages about acceptance and even for that alone I would recommend it.

10. Now it’s up to you…

I could tell you how fun it was and how I liked the writing, I could tell you many other things, but I won’t. You go read the book and give us more clues about why this story is worth reading, because I’m sure you’ll find plenty.

I wish you all a happy, joyful season!
Happy midnight reading!

Book Source: Advance copy provided by the publisher for review. Thank you!

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  • Lola R

    This sounds like an interetsing book! I love lists and it sounds fun that the author managed to incorporate it into her book. I once worked into a grocery store (at the bakery department) and while it certainly not the best job ever, it was fun to interact with some clients, but mostly it was just boring or hectic. Great review!

    • Ari

      Many things in books are better than in real world, these authors tend to make it all so much fun to read about :))) This is the case, I loved the characters, the situations they went through the cheery overall feeling.. and yes.. the lists 😀

  • Kristie

    It sounds like a lovely book. I wasn’t sure if I want to read it but now I’m thinking about it. Maybe I’ll give it a chance. Based on your review, I think that I could quite enjoy this book. 🙂 Thanks for review! 🙂

    • Ari

      For me it was a great and fun read, so I hope that you will enjoy it just as much 😀

  • Lis @ The reader lines

    I really want to read this book since I read your review. It sounds fresh and fun!
    I think I’ll love it!
    Great review!

    • Ari

      It was really cute. Then again I love Christmas stories, there’s something special about them ;))
      Hugs!

  • Lola

    I just read this and ADORED it. I love your review and the list style is a great nod to the story! 🙂

    • Ari

      I am really happy to hear that, Lola! It was a beautiful story and I am glad to see that it gets that attention it deserves 🙂

  • Ah how how I’ve missed your blog and your reviews! <3 lovely review by the way!

    • Ari

      Thanks you! It’s really nice to see you back!!
      I saw this message right before talking with you on twitter (which took my mind away from hitting the post button), LOL!