Written by: Liz Cxukas
Published: September, 2014 by HarperTeen
(Amazon / Goodreads)
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.
When I closed this book the first thing that came to mind was "that was really cute." I'm not a huge fan of YA contemporaries but this was definitely a year full of really good ones for me and I'm slowly starting to change my opinion of them, which is great. And Top Ten Clues You're Clueless is just one more on a list of fun contemporary novels that I read and really liked this year.
Part of what I enjoyed about this book was the plot development. It was a little on the basic side of things but entertaining. I actually decided to impulsively start this after being kind of deadlocked in a pretty complex book that I was reading to quench my palate so to speak and that's exactly what this book did. In a few hours I was about 100 pages in and really liking it. The concept of being stuck in "work jail" on Christmas Eve was very reminiscent of The Breakfast Club and Empire Records which I'm a big fan of so right there that was a huge plus. And it also had a hint of mystery which was cool. I appreciated the mystery though it was very simple and as a fan of mysteries I would have liked something a little more substantial. But on the whole there was so much going on in this book and it all worked together well to create a fun and entertaining story.
On the whole, this is a fast and fun contemporary read with an engaging plot, a quirky diverse cast of characters, and a fun setting. Despite the fact that the mystery was really basic and some of the interactions felt odd it was a good read that only took me a matter of hours to read.
I give Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas 9 out of 10
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