Review: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless

Top Ten Clues You're Clueless
Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 Ten Clues you’re clueless was a breath of fresh air for me, considering I was about to go into a reading slump. A quick and speedy read, it is a contemporary YA seemingly of the cute-sy genre, that subtly includes various issues without being preachy. The story chronicles the minor-aged staff of GoodFoods market, when they are accused of a theft on Christmas Eve and kept in work jail. Told from the perspective of Chloe, a normal geeky girl, who is shy around others, the book has an interesting mystery plot-line but more importantly it is focused on the characters. During the hours they are kept there, they learn more about each other and bond – this happens amid some awkward and humorous events. Finally, it is Chloe’s presence of mind that saves the day, but I did feel the who-done-it was pretty conveniently found. Even so, I loved the novel as it is – for being a contemporary YA that touches upon bullying, prejudices, racism and slut-shaming. The other characters are fleshed out, even though they sometimes turn out to be slightly cliched. The writing was hilarious, and Chloe makes a very good narrator. I particularly loved the lists – it was so fun to read through them! Overall, one of the best realistic fiction I’ve read this year – there aren’t many but this one definitely comes in the Top Ten. 😉

Received an ARC from Harper Teen via Edelweiss. This in no way affects my opinions or review.

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