Review: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless – Liz Czukas

Posted 31 May, 2016 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 30 Comments

Review: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless – Liz CzukasTop Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas
Published by Harper Teen on 9 December 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
Source: RT15
3 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.

Contemporary - (un)Conventional Bookviews

Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless is a sweet, whimsical tale of six teenagers who worked in the same GoodFoods market on Christmas Eve.

Review - (un)Conventional Bookviews

Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless is a fast read, which is a good thing, because we only follow the main character, Chloe, and her fellow young employees for a few hours. It’s impossible to really get to know the characters very well in such a short time, and the story itself was very light, just slightly touching on some important topics before moving on to the next one. Chloe had diabetes, but didn’t want her co-workers to know. She also had a crush on one of them, and that was an important part of her inner dialogues and her numerous lists.

Because it was Christmas Eve, the GoodFoods market was going to count how much money had been collected for charity, and the main plot of Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless was that it was obviously quite a bit of money missing from the box. And who else would be blamed but the six teens working in the store? The unfairness of that particular way of seeing things was something that really touched me, though, and I’m sure it would have been even worse if I had been the protagonist’s age.

Sweet and whimsical, but without much substance, I enjoyed the writing quite a bit, and the lists Chloe kept making were quirky as well. Written in first person present tense from Chloe’s perspective, her inner thoughts were just as important as the rest of the story that unfolded around her and the other characters.

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I know – it’s so nerdy, right? I keep hearing that being a geek is cool now, but 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 nerdier, which makes me write more lists… You can see my problem.

So that’s what I’m doing while I key in the code for my customer’s giant bag of limes. It’s hard to imagine what a small blond woman could do with that many limes.

I’m really working my way through my mom’s paperback mystery collection, so I guess that’s something. Something antisocial and vaguely depressing, maybe, but it’s something.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

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Linda is an English as foreign language teacher and has a Master's degree in English Language and Literature. She's an avid reader, blogger, compulsive one-clicker and a genre omnivore. Ever since she learnt how to read she has been seen with a book or two in her hands everywhere she goes.

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30 responses to “Review: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless – Liz Czukas

  1. This really was a cute read. Liz Czukas/Ellie Cahill does cute very well. I agree though it didn’t have much substance. I really liked Chloe though! 🙂
    Lovely review, Lexxie!

  2. I hear great things about this author’s other work but so far reviews for this one have been mediocre. I’m not sure if I’ll get to it anytime soon, but I hope I enjoy it once I do!

  3. Lekeisha

    I have this one on my shelf from a giveaway when back when it released. I haven’t really thought about it until now, and since I’m trying to clear up some of my wins, I may give it a go soon. Though, I won’t go in with high expectations.

  4. I, of course, have this one on my shelf as well…and I think it might be on my HW list?!? Anyway, I’m glad it was a quick, cute read even if it didn’t have much substance to it. That’s too bad because it seems like some of the topics touched on would make good lessons for young adults. Oh well!
    **BIG HUGS**

  5. Ann S

    Sounds cute, I’m a fan of both lists and novels that take place in a short period of time so I’ll have to give this one a try. Thanks for the recommendation.

  6. Glad you were able to find this one fairly fun to read. The title really caught my eye immediately and it seems like a fun, cute, quick read.

  7. Oh! I didn’t know that this book was set around Christmastime! I will have to keep it in mind come Christmas this year. I always love reading cute books with a Christmas theme – it always helps with feeling that it IS Christmas 😀

    This none sounds really cute, too. I need more cute book in my life – so many of the ones I read are really emotional and heavy going. So to lighten up with a fluffier book would be good!

    Lovely review, Lexxie!

  8. Glad you enjoyed this I did also. The only issue I really had that bothered the heck out of me was, why was no parent worried about their kids? It drove me nuts. It was Christmas Eve.
    It was rather cute and I did love her inner voice and lists.
    Great review, Lexxie!

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