Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless
By: Liz Czukas
Available Dec 2014
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.
This Blonde’s Review:
Chloe is a list maker. She used to share lists with a friend, but that was before she moved and the friend stopped talking to her. Now she makes lists for her own comfort and peace of mind. It’s not like there is anyone else to really notice anyway since she doesn’t exactly have any friends where she lives. But maybe she can use her lists to help her get to know her coworkers. Just a few things here or there to get her started on the right foot. Or keep her from starting on the wrong foot.
I really enjoyed Chloe. She is awkward, a good girl at heart, and genuine. She may not tell everyone at work about her diabetes but she wants to do the right thing. When money turns up missing she doesn’t shrug her shoulders, she can’t help but try to solve the mystery. Even before the teenage employees are accused of being the culprits she felt compelled to try to figure it out.
When the teens are locked in the GoodFoods Market together waiting for police to arrive, essentially unsupervised, of course they are going to get up to some mischief, but mostly they talk. There is bickering but what I loved most was when it got serious. Hearing them discuss some of the bigger things and comparing their lives in ways that most kids don’t talk about was really great. The differences that kept them apart at the beginning of the book made the discussion broad and worth having.
The impressions they have of each other will change throughout the night. Some of them will become friends. While they will learn that some people aren’t who they started the night thinking they were.
If reading about a group of teens stuck in a store mostly unsupervised, accused of something they all claim not to have done sounds interesting to you then you should give this book a try.