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

20646933 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: December 9, 2014 by HarperTeen
Length: 304 pages
Source: HarperTeen (ARC)

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.”

review

Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless is a great read during winter and Christmas. It takes place during Christmas Eve at a grocery store called GoodFoods, and told in first person point of view by our main character, Chloe. If you enjoyed Liz Czukas’s other young adult contemporary novel, Ask Again Later, then you will definitely enjoy this one, if not, more. I really enjoyed reading this novel because we get to see Chloe and her coworkers’ experience working at the store. They encounter so many weird customers such as the coupon lady who literally tries to pay her groceries in coupons, and this customer who once paid $200+ in coins. It was just fun reading what they do during their job, and Czukas did a great job making the story so realistic. I felt like I was with Chloe and the other characters throughout the story.

I really liked all the characters because they were very funny and diverse. Chloe has freckles, is a red-head, diabetic, and often likes making lists. Her other coworker, Sammi, has a pixie cut and is a badass. She doesn’t care whether you’re her boss or not; she’ll do what she wants such as yelling back (to her boss which I thought was really funny), running around the grocery store, etc. Tyson is a black guy who is Chloe’s love interest. I love how he is such a sweetheart and very hardworking. He puts others first even if it means he will get in trouble. Zaina is a shy Lebanese girl who at first is really shy and quiet, but towards the middle of the story, she comes out of her shell. Micah is another coworker of Chloe who is homeschooled because every time his parents are finally going to enroll him in a school, he’s always a grade ahead since he is very intelligent. Gabe is this wealthy and athletic teenager who has his future already planned in Notre Dame, but wants to take a different path.

There is mystery and romance in this novel but it was okay. The mystery was a bit predictable and the romance isn’t fangirl worthy in my opinion. It was just there and I didn’t really care about it. Overall it is a great book to read right before Christmas. I definitely recommend it if you want a funny and light contemporary read with a bit of mystery.

4 of 5

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18 Responses to “Review: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas”


  1. 1 kezia1098 December 23, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Sounds great, Leigh! Liz Czukas has been on my radar for a while and I’m making it a priority to get my hands on her books since I didn’t manage to read them this year 🙂 Recently I have been craving for more light, feel-good contemporary so I’m pretty sure this book would fit. The characters seem great as well — I like a little diversity!

  2. 3 bookbonanzablog December 23, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    I actually haven’t heard about this book yet, but the review gave me a great insight what it was all about! Thank you and Merry Christmas!!

  3. 5 Kayla Sanchez December 23, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    And now I’m SUPER glad I bought the book this weekend – didn’t know it was set on Christmas Even, and now I know what my read for tomorrow night is 😛

  4. 7 Cait December 24, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Ohh, I totally want to read this after your review! CONSIDER ME SOLD. lol I love lists. I adore lists so much I am constantly writing them. And the cast sounds really diverse and awesome and neeeeed.
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

  5. 9 Rachel @ Booktastic Reviews December 24, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Today’s the first day I’ve seen this book but now it’s the second time I’ve read about it in a post, haha! It sounds like a light, rainy day read so I’m intrigued!

    Great review!!

  6. 11 Sam December 25, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Oh, this looks really cute! I saw some reviews about it a couple months ago, and I couldn’t help but get excited. SOMEONE HELP MY FANGIRL HEART. *ahem* And list? I love lists! I’m a list-a-holic (is that a thing? It ought to be). Lovely review!

  7. 13 Megan (Adrift on Vulcan) December 26, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    I have to say that I wasn’t originally planning on reading this, since fluffy contemporaries really aren’t my thing, but you have me curious now! It sounds really original and funny at the same time, and those are always good. I’m also happy that the author was able to make everything to realistic, despite the weird customers!

    Oh, wow, Chloe has diabetes? That’s something I find sort of cool, because I don’t think I’ve ever come across a character that had diabetes. More serious diseases, yes, but not the more “common” ones, like this. And haha, I’m liking Sammi already!

    All in all, this sounds like the kind of light but lovable book, so who knows, I might give it a go someday. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Leigh! 😀

    • 14 Leigh (LittleBookStar) December 27, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      I know! I’ve never read a book with a main character that has diabetes too. At first I didn’t like Sammi, but I started liking her throughout the novel because she’s so funny and even though she talks back to her boss, he deserves it. You should def. read it! Maybe next December?

  8. 15 Kaitlin @ Reading is My Treasure December 29, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    I recently finished this one! The diverse cast of characters was my favorite part. It was just really nice to see.

  9. 17 Nicole @ The Quiet Concert December 30, 2014 at 6:11 AM

    I just love the idea for this book and definitely plan on reading it! I obviously missed reading it by Christmas but maybe i’ll get to it before Winter is over 🙂 am most excited to meet the different characters!


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