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Choker Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 4, 2011
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Did that mean I enjoyed the book any less? Not really, surprisingly. Elizabeth Woods does a wonderful job capturing the feel of being the high school loner, and the tension is almost palpable at times. I had a hard time putting this down once I finally started reading it. The characters all fulfill the roles they need to perfectly. Ethan, the love interest, draws your sympathy for just being such a good guy. Alexis is the total high school prom queen [...]everyone runs into. Zoe is, of course, creepy. And Cara. Well, Cara is a little difficult to understand on one read through.
One small thing that annoyed me in Choker were specific references, such as "iTunes" and "Kristen Stewart" and "Oprah". Unless I'm reading historical fiction and it's all about specific details, I really tend to feel like it dates a book like this, and adds in some unnecessary things. It's like me saying I'm sitting here writing this in my Hello Kitty nerd pj's, listening to the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows soundtrack, and watching the newest episode of What Not to Wear. When, instead, I could just say I'm sitting here in my pj's, listening to some music with the tv on in the background. Maybe it doesn't bother other people, but I personally don't like reading about brand names and current celebrities in my books.Read more ›
How far will we go for a best friend? And how far should we?
In fifth grade, Cara moved away from her best friend Zoe and she hasn't had a friend like Zoe since. Bullied by the popular girls and ignored by everyone else, she has a crush on a cute guy on her track team. After a particularly difficult day, Cara returns home to find Zoe sitting on her bed. Zoe has run away from home, snuck into Cara's house, hoping Cara will let her stay and not tell anyone. Soon afterwards, one of Cara's bullies has committed suicide under strange circumstances and another is missing. Zoe's acting erratic and Cara fears her best friend may be involved.
CHOKER has a great plot with a few glaring flaws. I cannot, will not read about animal abuse. Zoe's pathology could have been told just as well without using graphic, or any, animal abuse. It felt gratuitous. I skimmed over the parts (yes several parts). The book was told from Cara's third person POV, but I think the story would have been more compelling in first person because Cara felt distant. Cara and Zoe were complex characters, more complex than readers are ever privy too. I would have liked more. Elizabeth Woods has crafted a unique, fast paced psychological thrilled that held my interest. I would have figured out the twist about 75% through the story had I not been spoiled in another review.
I can only recommend CHOKER with the caveat of several instances of animal abuse that seem to come, without warning, out of nowhere (except the last one). I wish there had been a warning in the blurb about the animal torture on this and every other book for kids, teens and adults. I took away a star for this reason. 3 star (four if you want to add the animal abuse star I took away).
It just hasn't been the same for Cara. Not since she had to move away from her best friend Zoe. Whats worse is that the girls at school make fun of her because she was choking at lunch one day so now she's stuck with the most awful nickname of Choker. Oh so lame right?! All Cara wants is for Ethan to notice her. He is the one who seemed to save her from her awful choking incident after all. If Ethan could just pay attention to her like she was a popular girl...
After another horrible day at school Cara feels like she just can't take anymore. That's when she finds Zoe waiting for her. Zoe has always had problems with her mother's boyfriend and is now on the run. Cara is willing to do whatever it takes to help. It doesn't matter how much time has past since they've seen each other, they are best friends once again! Zoe is to hide out in Cara's room. Cara will sneak her whatever she needs. It will work perfectly right?
The best thing of all is that now, Zoe is helping Cara dress to impress Ethan and helping her get in good with the 'in' crowd. All is good right? Did I mention that now those girls teasing Cara are missing? Zoe is acting odd and nothing seems to make sense anymore. Who's a girl to trust? What's a best friend for after all?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Probably okay for older teens or kids who are desensitized to horror books/films but my 13 year old was completely horrified by the animal abuse and twisted/gruesome ending. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JenB
I enjoyed the book but had figured out the twist pretty much from the first chapter.Published 3 months ago by deebee73
It was an alright read to pass the time. Predictable ending and got tired of reading how nervous and awkward the main character was. It needed....something. ..more.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was very creepy. I really liked how even though the story line wasn't complicated it still kept my interest. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kirsten
The High School Librarian offered this book to my daughter and she knew what she was doing because my teen really enjoyed it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by The Invisible Pam
Terribly written. Both Cara and Zoe and grossly irritating. The entire story I felt as if I was listening to someone with a stuttering problem.Published 21 months ago by Emily marlow
I decided to pick this up at my school library, since I've pretty much read all of their teen fictions except for this one. And oh my gosh, it was good. I just had to buy it! Read morePublished on August 14, 2014 by Elizabeth S
In a YA world of witches, vamps, and weres it's nice to get the ghostly, mystery every once in awhile. Read more
I knew how the story would end within the first chapter. However, i stuck with it in the hopes that there would be another twist that would make it worthwhile. Not so. Read morePublished on June 25, 2014 by jtilton