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

Top Ten Clues You're Clueless - Liz CzukasPublisher: Harper Teen (December 9th 2014)
Paperback: 304 pages
Source: Edelweiss
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Rating: 4 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.

Review:

Reasons why Cyn enjoyed Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless:

1) It’s Breakfast Club: A Retelling but in a grocery store! (Which means after-hours shenanigans in a grocery store!)

Breakfast Club - Dance

Seriously this books screams Breakfast Club. The story is about 6 teens aka the Youngsters, who work part-time at the local grocery store and who are now stuck in  “work jail” (aka. the lunch room) after closing hours after being accused of stealing $10,000. I loved seeing these six totally different and awkward people become friends through the most ridiculous ways (work jail is a catalysis for bonding a tell ya). And yes, there is after-hours shenanigans. I always wanted to run around a closed grocery store.

2) Awesome characters. Diversity is always a win.

Chloe is our slightly awkward dork, Tyson is the charming golden boy, Micah is the too-nice brilliant boy, Sammi is the tough girl, Zaina is the pretty, quiet one and Gabe is our flirting rich boy. The story really focused on the friendship and character development so it really helped that each character really brought something different to the table (and each likable in their own way). The dynamic between them was great and I loved that not only were they all of different personalities but there’s a mix of races, too.

3) This book literally screams super adorableness. Cute, fluffiness all around for everyone.

The story itself isn’t super original and the plot is stretched a little thin over the course of the book, but the wonderful characters really make this book. The chemistry was there and the dialogue was really the star of the story. It’s the reason that I wanted to keep reading. Lots of sweet moments and a little bit of awkward of romances all around for everyone tops this ice-cream sundae of a book. There’s even a little mystery for you to solve. And, it’s a Holiday-ish themed book!

4) It’s full of lists! Who doesn’t love lists?

Chloe is a list writer and that’s how each chapter beginnings and well I love lists. My favourite list in this book was the “Ten Movies That Makes Me Wish My Life Was More Like a Movie” – because hello, talk about meta (and yes Breakfast Club was on the list, muahaha).

5) This book knows how to use the cliches but in a good way.

There’s nothing too terribly surprising that happens in this book but it’s still super enjoyable. It’s like comfort food and your favourite movie, it doesn’t disappoints and it knows you all too well so it can hit all the sweet spots and craving. Overall it’s a really fun, quick and cute read. If you like contemporaries and you like The Breakfast Club, or just even some friendship building, than this is the book for you.

{*Thank to Harper Teen & Edelweiss for the ARC in exchange for the an honest review.

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Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

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  1. Oh my gosh, I need to read this! I love the Breakfast Club setting.

  2. Sounds like super fun and mindless read. Great review, Cyn!

  3. Sounds like a fun read!! You had me at Breakfast Club in a grocery store. Haha

  4. LISTS ARE MY THING. It has lists? GIMME NOW PLEASE!

  5. Breakfast Club is one of my favorite childhood movies.so now I want this!

  6. I kind of thought this one looked too cutesy and YA-y for me but I love a good list and the Breakfast Club in a grocery store premise just looks way too fun to pass up! Great review!

  7. That’s so cool! I love the idea of The Breakfast Club in a grocery store. I’ll definitely add this is one to check out when I go to the bookstore this weekend!

  8. WAIT DID YOU JUST SAY LISTS? Okay. I need this book. X) I haven’t read the author’s first book yet, buuuut, it’s on my someday-I-need-to-read-this-book-or-else-explode list. SEE. LISTS. I adore them.

  9. You know what, running around in a grocery store when it’s closed is a recurring dream that I’ve had, where I could eat everything I wanted (true story). This will bring alive my dream 😀 Thanks for the review, can’t wait to read this one!

  10. You had me with the mention of *this books screams Breakfast Club* Cyn! I had no idea, but this sounds so fun and adorable. The dynamics between the characters sounds great and something I would enjoy. Thanks for the heads-up on a new book : )

  11. I’ve been reading great reviews about this book that it seems wrong to not pick it up. Thanks for the great review! 🙂

    Julie @ Books and Insomnia

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