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Top Ten Clues You're Clueless Paperback – December 9, 2014
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“Czukas has delivered a winner. The characters are vivacious and interesting, the plot definitely stands out from current YA trends, and the down-to-earth humor will have readers rolling.” (RT Book Reviews)
“A sweet blend of Nancy Drew and The Breakfast Club. Readers looking for a breezy read with a little romance, a little mystery, and a little holiday cheer will be more than satisfied.” (ALA Booklist)
“Dear list-makers of the world: your new favorite book has arrived, and it is wonderful.” (Christian Science Monitor)
About the Author
Liz Czukas is a freelance writer living outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is also the author of Ask Again Later. She collects college degrees she doesn't use, types too loud, and always has a song stuck in her head.
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C. No teenager would ever agree to it.
Soon after that I stopped reading. Back to adult books I go.
Top Ten Clues You're Clueless was a cute and quick read. Though don't get me wrong, it had a few issues. Though I think they are more personal reasons than not. Because I'm sure others could read the same thing and it not bother them at all.
I didn't get the name of the book. It really doesn't seem to fit. But whatever. I mean Green Day had a CD called Dookie. So I guess it's whatever you feel that day, huh? Hahha! Anyway.
I liked the characters. When it first started, I wasn't so sure about Chloe. But the more I read, the more I really did see her as the typical teenager. She ended up being a really good hearted (is that even a word? If not, sorry.) person.
As we read, we find out that Chloe is a diabetic and I was actually getting kinda mad because she always seemed to just brush it off like it was nothing. So at the end when it showed how dangerous it can be I was really happy about that. Not happy it happened but happy it showed that is can be dangerous and you should take good care of yourself. No matter what anyone else may or may not think.
Another issue I had was around page 95 when she was talking about customers. While it talks about men and woman, when it gets to the mom, it points out that she was white. And I don't understand why. As if any other race would have done anything different. I don't understand why it was important for just her race to be pointed out and everyone else be plain "men" and "women" . She couldn't be just a "mom" she had to be a *white/black/brown/purple/blue/some unimportant detail* mom.
Other than that, I really did like this book. I loved the divers characters and I love the bond and trials that grew between them. At the end, I really loved how something so bad can cause such a strong friendship bond. It's amazing how you can be around some people -whether it's working or at school and you never really talk to each other or you even have but don't like each other and something happens that draws you together. It's something you can't help but to love. Lol
As for who did it... I didn't see that coming. I thought from the second it happened I knew who did it and my thought NEVER changed till the second that all found out. That was mind blowing.
―Reviews of a fearstreetzombie
1) YOU ADORED LIZ CZUKAS’ DEBUT NOVEL, ASK AGAIN LATER
I’ve been a fan of Liz’s since I read Ask Again Later, one of the most adorable YA books ever. I was absolutely thrilled when I heard about her sophomore novel and even more so when I read it and found it to be an utter delight! So if you’ve read AAL too (if not, go do that now!!!) and liked it, you’ll enjoy this one without a doubt because Liz pretty much has perfected capturing fun and charming when it comes to her books.
2) YOU LOVE LISTS
I just completely love books with lists. I love lists, listing and listers- period. I even made a list of books with characters who write lists before. Now that I’ve read this one, I can totally say that Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless is my favourite book with lists. The lists in this book are just a) hilarious b) clever c) such a great addition to the story!
3) YOU WANT SOME CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
Top Ten Clues takes place the day before Christmas and definitely has the spirit of the holidays! Chloe and her fellow teenage employees are working the Christmas Eve shift at Goodfoods, a local grocery store, and while the story doesn’t revolve around Christmas per se, the background of it offers enough holiday cheer to the reader. Christmas tunes on the grocery radio, snow outside and the holiday rush- Top Ten Clues will surely put you in a Christmas mood.
4) YOU LIKE A GOOD PROBLEM/MYSTERY TO SOLVE
Chloe wanted to get to know her coworkers and possibly make a move on her crush, Tyson, but a lockdown was not what she had imagined. Accused of stealing the money in the grocery’s charity box, the group gets locked in the break room. It’s up to them to determine who did the crime to prove they’re not guilty. Not that I was completely engrossed with this plot but I still really liked how this circumstance brought the characters together.
5) YOU LIKE THE BREAKFAST CLUB
Why yes, I’m comparing this book to one of the best movies of all time. If you’ve watched it, you’ll see that Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless’s cast of characters is very much reminiscent of The Breakfast Club’s. See #6.
6) YOU LIKE YOUR CHARACTERS DISTINCTIVE AND WITH DEPTH
I really like books that are character driven and this one was just that! The rest of the Goodfoods gang, Zaina, Sammi, Gabe, Micah and Tyson felt just as tangible and relatable as the main character, Chloe. Every one of them contributed to the book and my overall love for it. Liz knows how to express her teenage characters in such a way that it tugs your heartstrings, whether you’re a young adult yourself or already an adult. More than that, Liz knows how to break stereotypes and make her characters remarkable- you can’t help but grow attached to them.
7) YOU LIKE TO SEE DIVERSITY IN BOOKS
Our main character is a timid diabetic redhead. Tyson, her love interest, is a hardworking, kind black boy. Zaina is a beautiful, soft-spoken Muslim lebanese. Micah is a sweet, homeschooled, too-smart-for-you science nerd. Sammi is Ms. Tough Chick, oozing of snark and attitude. Gabe is the flirty, rich, athletic golden boy. YEAY for people of color and a great mix of diverse characters!
8) YOU LIKE YA CONTEMPORARY
It’s hard for me to say that someone who reads very few contemporary books will surely appreciate this- it might just be too fluffy- but I’m quite firm on my belief that anyone who like/loves the genre will certainly like Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless.
9) YOU ENJOY CUTE ANGST-FREE ROMANCES
Like I said, the book is character-driven rather and the focus really isn’t on the romance. Nonetheless, the romance is there and it’s simple and cute in the sweetest way. If you’ve ever crushed hard on someone, I think you’ll find Chloe’s crush on Tyson easy to relate to.
10) YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A QUICK LIGHT HEARTED BOOK TO READ FOR THE HOLIDAYS
In that case, pick up this book NOW! You won’t regret it!
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