Review | Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas (@lizczukas)

11 January 2015


Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 304

Top Five Things That Are Ruining Chloe's Day

5) Working the 6:30 a.m. shift at the 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 accussed–along with her fellow teenage employees–of stealing upwards of $10,000

Chole would rather be anywhere than locked up 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.

The Breakfast Club has long been one of my all time favourite films. I love the concept and all the characters. One of my lovely Twitter friends knows about the obsession and told me about this book, she thought I would love it since I love The Breakfast Club and I really, really did.
Chloe is working all day at GoodFoods Market on Christmas Eve with five other people her age, the first half of the book we follow their workday and I loved seeing them interact with each other. It was great to read and see through Chloe's internal monologue. Plus having been a checkout girl before I headed to uni I totally get her monologue on the customers and her work day! It took me way back! 
Anyway, I digress...
During the first half, it's discovered that the Christmas charity collection has been robbed and Micah, an intelligent young boy, estimates that up to $10,000 could be missing. Chloe starts to try figure who could have done it with her five colleagues adamant they aren't responsible. However, Chole doesn't get very far and, by the end of her shift herself and her five teenaged colleagues are locked in the break room accused, either as a whole or individual of stealing the cash. What follows is great! Bored in the room, they first try to figure out whodunnit and then they start to bond in a lovely way. They discover things about one another they never knew and slowly bond. 
You see, when Chloe's diabetes takes a turn, how much of a team they become as they rally around her and get her the food she desperately needs with her cocooned in a trolley. One of my favourite scenes occurs during this point in the book. Chloe is in the trolley and Sammi starts to race up and down the aisles with her and it was great fun to read. 
In the end, they land up back in the room and the police arrive and then great fun ensues. It's finally figured who took the money and the kids give chase with the police. They work together to try to catch the culprit and succeed. 
In the end, the real culprit is caught, they are freed and , of course, they part ways and I thought oh no! The friendships are over but no, they're not. They arrange to meet up after Christmas and with Chloe finally having kissed her crush, Tyson things are looking up after being locked in a room with five people she never thought she'd be with but in the end bonded with well. 

I loved the similarities between this book and The Breakfast Club, they're both great stories and I urge you to read the book and watch the film because they're both amazing!

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