Published by Harper Teen on 09 December 2014
Genres: Adolescence, Contemporary Romance, Emotions & Feelings, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Illnesses & Injuries, Love & Romance, Mystery & Detective, People of Color, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Place(s) Traveled To: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
First Line(s): Top Ten Weirdest Things People Do Everyday at Goodfoods Market.
Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas is a humorous contemporary novel and a quick read good for when you aren’t looking for something too deep or heavy. The main character, Chloe, is likable and a girl that many people can relate to. I enjoyed seeing this world through her eyes and often laughed at some of her inner monologue. The fact that she makes lists was also another thing about her that allowed her to worm her way into my heart. I do so adore a good list.
In some ways, Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless reminded me a lot of the brat pack movies from the 80s. You know the ones The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Pretty in Pink – just to name a few. There is an ensemble cast to this book where you have a good mix of personalities all working together for a common cause and along the way also becoming friends. Its a fun read that will make you laugh and smile and wish that you worked at Goodfoods with this crew so you can take part in the shenanigans as well.
All is not sunshine and roses though in the Goodfoods universe, there is a mystery aspect to this story as well as someone has stolen the holiday donation money and Chloe and her co-workers are all the primary suspects. For me, the mystery portion was very weak and was almost a distraction from the story than anything else. Although without the theft then these characters may not have become a unit and as such we wouldn’t have had a story. So its one of those Catch-22 sort of situations. The mystery isn’t hard to figure out though that doesn’t take away from the story. This is more of a story about making friends that will last a life time and maybe a little romance along the way.
Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless is a quick read that I enjoyed. Its a book that makes me curious about Czukas’s other books as I do love a good comedic story. Sometimes they just needed when the real world gets to be a little too real and sad and you need some cheering up. Books like this are also great if you’ve just read something emotionally heavy or need a book to transition from one genre to another. Its not a deep story but it was witty and fun and one that I would recommend to many of my friends.