Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas

Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas

Published by Harper Teen on December 9th 2014
ARC from Edelweiss
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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’ll Enjoy Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless

1) You adored Liz Czukas’ debut novel, Ask Again Later

I’ve been a fan of Liz’s since I read Ask Again Later, one of the most adorable YA books ever. I was absolutely thrilled when I heard about her sophomore novel and even more so when I read it and found it to be an utter delight! So if you’ve read AAL too (if not, go do that now!!!) and liked it, you’ll enjoy this one without a doubt because Liz pretty much has perfected capturing fun and charming when it comes to her books.

2) You love lists

I just completely love books with lists. I love lists, listing and listers- period. I even made a list of books with characters who write lists before. Now that I’ve read this one, I can totally say that Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless is my favourite book with lists. The lists in this book are just a) hilarious b) clever c) such a great addition to the story!

3) You want some Christmas spirit

Top Ten Clues takes place the day before Christmas and definitely has the spirit of the holidays! Chloe and her fellow teenage employees are working the Christmas Eve shift at Goodfoods, a local grocery store, and while the story doesn’t revolve around Christmas per se, the background of it offers enough holiday cheer to the reader. Christmas tunes on the grocery radio, snow outside and the holiday rush- Top Ten Clues will surely put you in a Christmas mood.

4) You like a good problem/mystery to solve

Chloe wanted to get to know her coworkers and possibly make a move on her crush, Tyson, but a lockdown was not what she had imagined. Accused of stealing the money in the grocery’s charity box, the group gets locked in the break room. It’s up to them to determine who did the crime to prove they’re not guilty. Not that I was completely engrossed with this plot but I still really liked how this circumstance brought the characters together.

5) You like The Breakfast Club

Why yes, I’m comparing this book to one of the best movies of all time. If you’ve watched it, you’ll see that Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless’s cast of characters is very much reminiscent of The Breakfast Club’s. See #6.

6) You like your characters distinctive and with depth

I really like books that are character driven and this one was just that! The rest of the Goodfoods gang, Zaina, Sammi, Gabe, Micah and Tyson felt just as tangible and relatable as the main character, Chloe. Every one of them contributed to the book and my overall love for it. Liz knows how to express her teenage characters in such a way that it tugs your heartstrings, whether you’re a young adult yourself or already an adult. More than that, Liz knows how to break stereotypes and make her characters remarkable- you can’t help but grow attached to them.

7) You like to see diversity in books

Our main character is a timid diabetic redhead. Tyson, her love interest, is a hardworking, kind black boy. Zaina is a beautiful, soft-spoken Muslim lebanese. Micah is a sweet, homeschooled, too-smart-for-you science nerd. Sammi is Ms. Tough Chick, oozing of snark and attitude. Gabe is the flirty, rich, athletic golden boy. YEAY for people of color and a great mix of diverse characters!

8) You like YA contemporary

It’s hard for me to say that someone who reads very few contemporary books will surely appreciate this- it might just be too fluffy- but I’m quite firm on my belief that anyone who like/loves the genre will certainly like Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless.

9) You enjoy cute angst-free romances

Like I said, the book is character-driven rather and the focus really isn’t on the romance. Nonetheless, the romance is there and it’s simple and cute in the sweetest way. If you’ve ever crushed hard on someone, I think you’ll find Chloe’s crush on Tyson easy to relate to.

10) You’re looking for a quick light hearted book to read for the holidays

In that case, pick up this book NOW! You won’t regret it!

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13 thoughts on “Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas

  1. THIS BOOK SEEMS PERFECT. I have an eARC of this one too so I really need to read this. The only two things on that list that don’t apply to me are that I haven’t read Liz’s debut, and that I haven’t seen THE BREAKFAST CLUB so I can’t say I love it! But I loved this review, so in sync with this book. ;)

    Jen @ Books and Other Happy Ever Afters recently posted: November & Black Friday Haul
    Posted on December 9, 2014 at 3:13 am
    1. You have to read it, Jen! I think you’ll really enjoy it! Also, you ought to check out Liz’s first book. I’m still not over my swoons with that one! :)

      Posted on December 9, 2014 at 5:29 am
  2. I love lists, The Breakfast Club, diversity in books and contemporary – so this book sounds SO up my alley. I’ve yet to read Ask Again later. but I’m sure I’ll get to it next year. It sounds so cute and fun and YES. I liked the sound of TTCYC, but now I just *have* to read it! By the way, did the authors debut contain diversity or just this one? I had no idea this had so much diversity in it and so that makes me even more excited.

    Amazing list/review! You’ve definitely sold me now.

    Rebecca recently posted: Debut Twitter Chat - Save the Date!
    Posted on December 9, 2014 at 3:55 am
    1. YEAY! You’ll like TTCYC for sure, Rebecca. I hope you get to read it soon- it’s seriously a fab book! :) AAL wasn’t that diverse compared to this one but if you like fluffy, completely adorbs love stories, best check it out!

      Posted on December 9, 2014 at 5:41 am
  3. Hazel! You always write a good and very creative review. :) I last read your post of Liz around first quarter of the year and now this. Great post anyway!

    Yani @ Paper Boulevard recently posted: 2015 YADN: Conspiracy Of Us by Maggie Hall
    Posted on December 9, 2014 at 6:54 am
    1. I try. ;) Yep- that was the cover reveal, right? Thank you and I hope you check out TTCYC! :D

      Posted on December 9, 2014 at 7:34 am
  4. really the Breakfast Club? one of my top fave movie in the 80’s!!! well now i’m putting this in my tbr then :)

    Posted on December 10, 2014 at 5:12 am
  5. I LOVE lists!!! (So I loved this post and I know I’ll have to love this book by default). This book actually sounds like the perfect holiday read and I can’t wait to get my hands on it… Thanks for writing such a great review :)

    Posted on December 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm
  6. I say HECK YES to all of the “clues” on your list! I read Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless a while back, and really enjoyed it. It was super cute, super fun and just very well-written. I definitely need to check out Ask Again Later!

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 1:16 pm
  7. Ahhh I LOVE your clues ;) I really want to read this book. It sounds like an adorable contemporary :) Great review!!

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books recently posted: What's worse than a love triangle?
    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 4:11 pm
  8. I am so glad you enjoyed this book as well! I read it 2 days ago and it was such a fun read. I didn’t know it was a book set in Christmas Eve so I think this is a perfect light contemporary read during Christmas. The mystery and romance was kind of ehh for me. I thought the mystery was a bit predictable, and the romance was whatever haha. What made me love this book was how the conflict brought all the coworkers together.

    Posted on December 23, 2014 at 10:29 pm
  9. So many good reviews!! Well, I suppose this gets a top spot on my To-read-list!!! :))

    Lavinyaa Alex Pash recently posted: THE END OF 2014 | hopes for 2015
    Posted on December 29, 2014 at 10:55 am
  10. I love mysteries, I love lists, I love three-dimensional characters, I love diversity! I think I might like this book! Although… I’m not in the mood for contemps. I rarely read them, and I just finished and I was… disappointed, haha. Great review, though.

    Posted on October 16, 2015 at 9:10 pm