Review: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless

Top Ten Clues You're CluelessTop Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas

My rating: 5 of 5 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.

Beware spoilers ahead!

This book was recommended to me by my dear GR friend Aj ! Click on her name to read her review. After I read Aj’s review I knew that I had to read this book! After a few months I finally got around to it and I’m glad to say that it didn’t disappoint!

The book begins with Chloe who is running late. It’s Christmas Eve and Chloe knows that she’ll have a very long day ahead of her. With all the people that tend to do shopping the day before Christmas. Chloe’s mother offers to drive her to work but Chloe denies so that her mother can pick up her brother and she wants to offer to drop her crush Tyson home.

Chloe’s car door has always been sealed shut. She has tried everything to open it but it won’t budge. While trying to put her key in the ignition she trips and tears her jeans. The drive to work is awful. There’s traffic everywhere and a lot of snow. She successfully reaches work in one piece.

When she enters she sees a list of what the employee’s duties are. She explains that because it’s Christmas Eve everyone is working a shift. Usually the teenagers or ‘Younglings’ don’t get to work on the same day. But of course today (in the book) is an acceptation.

The employees all go to perform their duties. A charity comes to collect money that GoodFoods collected. Much to the surprise of the owner they have only raised about $60. Which doesn’t make sense because shoppers have been donating money for months now and one of the Younglings puts $20 every time she works.

Chloe loves mysteries. Partly because she’s bored during her lunch she tries to listen in on the conversation the manager is having on the phone. The manager exits his office delighted to see Chloe so he can interview her. After the interview Chloe realizes that the manager thinks the Younglings are the ones that stole the money. When she tries warning the rest of them they don’t believe her. Until they are all locked in the break room until the police arrive.

This book turned out to be better than I thought it would! I was predicating a 3 or 4 star rating but I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked reading about all of the lists that Chloe wrote throughout the day. They were interesting and hilarious! Seriously some of them were eye openers.

At first I was annoyed by Chloe. I didn’t understand why she kept on mentioning her ‘word vomit’. I didn’t see why she considered it that. So she rambled but it didn’t seem stupid. She did grow on me though. Her crush on Tyson was sweet to read about. It didn’t bother me and I found myself hoping that if they didn’t get together, then at least become friends. It was also nice that the romance didn’t take away from the plot. They were more focused on clearing their names.

The best part about this book was the interactions of all the Younglings! At first none of them really trusted each other because they don’t know each other. They started getting into arguments and blaming each other about the stolen money. Then throughout the book they learnt new things about each other and became friends. Chloe broke some rules, Zaina started actually talking and getting out of her shell, and Sami was supportive and nice to the others. Throughout that crazy day they all learnt new things about each other and themselves.

Another pro of this book is that the characters are diverse. Zaina is a Muslim. I have forgotten where the rest of the characters come from. They all had their own backstories and different experiences. One of the characters Micah doesn’t attend high school, he gets home schooled by his parents.

A very important thing that was brought up in this book was judging people based on their appearance and rumors. It was nice to read about the characters having that conversation with each other. And they were assumed to have stolen the money because an employee claimed that they were not trust worthy. Possibly because they were new-ish workers and teenagers.

The team work amongst the characters was awesome! I was rooting for them the entire way. I am very happy that the author decided to make the characters employees that didn’t know each other and didn’t go to the same high school. It was realistic as that does happen in real life. You aren’t always going to know your co-workers. And you could become friends with them despite that.

I did have a few problems with it in the beginning. The stolen money situation did not make any sense. It was stupid that the manager believed the employee that claimed our main characters could’ve stolen the money. There wasn’t any proof aside from said employees mouth. Also Zaina put $20 in everyday she worked there. Why on earth would she want to steal it all back?

I was also surprised that in the beginning Chloe never thought about who could’ve accused them of robbing. It did come up but much later. The mystery was somewhat intriguing. Mostly because they were all working together to nail down suspects. But I felt that it was rushed and you aren’t given a reason as to why the person stole the money in the first place. This will probably worry mystery fans. I decided to let all these faults slide because I really loved the characters and their story. The only reason I typed this section is a) because I mention the likes and dislikes of books and b) I want others to be aware of this before they read it. Maybe it won’t bother you.

Overall this was an awesome book! I recommend it to anyone looking for a quick and funny contemporary with a bit of mystery to it.

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