by Liz Czukas
Publishing date: December 9th 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.
Guys, this book is 304 pages of cuteness! And below are all the things you should know about Top Ten Clues You're Clueless.
TOP TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THIS BOOK
1. Christmas Time. When I first picked up this book I had no idea it took place on Christmas Eve, and this thing alone made it awesome since I was reading it just a few days ago and it's Christmas time now.
2. Lists, lists and some more lists. Well, this book is full of them. If you're like me, and you make lists for anything and everything, I'm sure you'll love this book. Some are to-do lists and then some are totally random.
"TOP TEN WORST MOM PHRASES
10. "Young lady..."
9. Anything including your middle name
8. "I thought you were dead! Or worse!"
7. "I worry about you!"
6. "You know, when I was your age..."
5. "You're not going out like that, are you?"
4. "Look me in the eyes and tell me that again."
3. "If all your friends jumped off a cliff, would you?"
2. "I'm not mad. I'm just disappointed."
1. "Do what you think is right. I'm sure you'll make the right choice."
3. Mystery. A lot of things in Top Ten Clues You're Clueless happen because somebody stole Charity money and the boss of the store in which Chloe works suspects someone of the young ones stole it. Because of that, she a her coworkers have to spend the rest of the Christmas Eve locked up in the store until the police come, but Chloe sets it upon herself to find out who the real thief is.
4. Chloe. She is such a great character. I fell in love with her immediately. I loved that she was dorky, that she likes making lists so much and that she was always willing to help. She was determined and when everyone gave up on finding the real thief, she kept them going.
"I'm not sure the rest of the world has gotten the memo, because I still feel like a pretty big dork compared to a lot of people at my new school. And being insecure makes me want to write more lists, which makes me feel more nerdier, which makes me write more lists... You can see my problem."
5. Characters. There was so many great characters in this book, if not all of them. Everyone was so different, but also special. Being able to see Liz Czukas create them, and then watch them grow and getting to know them is one of the best things you can take from this novel.
6. Friendships. At the beginning of the book, none of the characters were good friends, more like acquaintances, fellow co-workers. But seeing them open up to each other, seeing how they slowly were becoming friends with people they usually don't hang out with, is great. This is also one of my favorite parts of this book.
7. Almost no romance. Yep, there is pretty much no romance here, at least not like in other YA books. Of course, from the blurb we know that Chloe is crushing on Tyson, but that's pretty much what is happening in the whole book. No flirting, no stolen glances, kisses or any of the usual stuff almost through the whole book.
8. Dialogue. I enjoyed the first part of the book a little bit more than the second part. There was really too much dialogue in the second part and at some points I felt like the constant dialogue is starting to bore me, but on the other thing, I believe this is the reason why all the characters were so good developed.
9. Realness. This book is so easy to relate to, and why I say book is because I think that pretty much everyone can find at least a few things they can relate to. Be it characters, or working at a grocery store, everything made this book seam so real. It's even happening only in 1 day. Yes, the whole book is taking place at the same day.
10. Cute and fluffy overload. It doesn't matter that this book is dealing with some serious problems like illness and crime, from the beginning until the end, this book was cute and fluffy.