Monday, February 23, 2015

Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas | Review

Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas | ReviewTop Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas
Published by Harper Teen on December 9, 2014
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 289
Format: ARC
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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.

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Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless is Liz Czukas’ sophomore novel for young adults and while I definitely enjoyed it, I found it nowhere near as quirky and fun as her debut novel, Ask Again Later. It’s a quick read that I found myself flying through but it wasn’t as laugh out loud funny as I expected.

Chloe is a bit nerdy, kind of shy, and easy for readers to relate to, at least if you’re anything like me. I found her to be so adorable with her easy blushing and tendency to babble. She had a great sense of humor and she was very easy to like. She sometimes said things that were a little rude but she was always open to getting to know new things. The rest of the “Younglings” who worked with her at GoodFoods Market were a pretty mixed bag of characters. Tyson was a sweetheart who maybe could have had some more flaws. He seemed a bit too perfect to me. It always seems a little unreal when there is a love interest who has nothing bad about him. Sammi and Gabe were trouble makers but they definitely made things fun. Zaina was shy and kind of mysterious but I came to like her. Micah was probably my favorite though. He was so quirky and funny and he didn’t even realize it.

The story itself was really fun but a little predictable. It’s a mystery surrounding who stole the charity money from Chloe’s place of work. The six young cashiers are immediately blamed and held in the store after hours until the police can come check things out. The idea of hanging out in a grocery store after hours has always appealed to me so I loved that part of the book. The kids did some crazy things to entertain themselves and they definitely had me laughing. I also really liked the lists that Chloe made throughout the course of the story. They helped bring in some background information in a fun way.

Overall, Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless is nothing spectacular but I’d definitely recommend it for a rainy day read. I will continue to check out Liz Czukas’ young adult offerings.

What others are saying about Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless: 

YA Midnight Reads’ review: “It was written with a similar tone to Ask Again Later, which was just completely adorable and fluffy, and Top Ten Clues was no different.”

Tabitha’s Book Blog’s review: “If you’re looking for a wicked cute contemporary fluff book then this is the book for you.”

The YA Kitten’s review: “As long as you like The Breakfast Club and slow books, you’re good to go with this one.”

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas | Review

Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas | ReviewAsk Again Later by Liz Czukas
Published by Harper Teen on March 11, 2014
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
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5 Stars

Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there's only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.

Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother's best friend really be?

Tails: The theater geek...with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart's interests--even if he wants to share all his feelings?

Heart's simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all...

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Heart might be one of the most awkward heroines I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about.  Honestly, no matter which date she chooses, she gets into some hilarious situations.  She’s a really kind-hearted person who gets stuck in a crappy situation.  Two guys ask her to prom and they both have really good reasons for asking her.  No matter what she does, someone is going to get hurt which is why Heart decides that a coin toss is the best way to decide.  Each chapter following the coin toss alternates between what might happen depending on who Heart chooses to go with.  It’s a lot like a fun, light hearted version of Pivot Point by Kasie West.

Heart’s friends are the kind of people I want to be friends with.  They are fun, carefree, truly nice people.  They don’t care about dates to prom, they don’t care about popularity, they don’t care about anything but hanging out with each other.  Their plan for prom is to go as a big group and just have fun together.  No matter what happens throughout the night they always come back to each other and they are always there for each other.  And sometimes true friendship means shoving you in a car trunk and forcing you to talk about your issues.  Read Ask Again Later and you’ll totally understand what I mean by that statement.

There is also some romance in Ask Again Later but not with who you might imagine.  Let’s just say, I saw it coming from the start but I wasn’t sure that it was ever going to actually happen.  It was completely innocent and adorable and I loved it.  Truly the perfect romance for this book.  Well for any book really.

Overall, Ask Again Later deserves much more praise than it’s been getting.  Everyone should go out and get a copy as soon as possible!

What others are saying about Ask Again Later:

Good Books and Good Wine’s review: “Y’all, if you are having a rough time in your life and need to blow off some steam, read Ask Again Later for a dose of the best medicine, laughter.”

Proud Book Nerd’s review: “Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas is a fun, quick read.”

Rex Robot Reviews’ review: “Overall, I thought this was fun, fluffy read and a cute premise for a prom story.”