Author: Liz Czukas
Publication Date: December 9, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
This is the second book by Liz Czukas that I’ve read and the second one did not let me down. I loved it as much as I loved Ask Again Later. This book had me hooked from the get go. I say that a lot, I know but, this is true. If I don’t feel hooked from the beginning of a book it just puts a downer on the reading experience.
We start with getting to know the main character, Chloe. Chloe loves lists and I love that about her. She also works at a grocery store and is working on Christmas Eve for the half day the store is open. Since it’s a busy day all the employees are scheduled and that means the other young kids her age which on her list she has made she wants to find out facts about them. More or less she wants to make some friends. I liked the setting of it being in the grocery store because I’ve never seen that done as a setting. There was a lot of customers that they talked about such as the coupon lady and the health lady that is always coming in wearing her work out clothes.
The characters themselves were very diverse and it was refreshing to read. You have Chloe who is the shy red head that has diabetes but she doesn’t let anyone know because she doesn’t want them to act like she is fragile and watch out for her. You have Tyson who is the all around super friendly guy that is black. There is Zaina who they don’t know what nationality she is until later on it comes out that she is Lebanese. Micach is the homeschooled super genius that does the right thing no matter what. Sammie is the tough chick that has the attitude and doesn’t take any mess personality (I liked her a lot). Then there was Gabe who is the oldest one of them all at 18 years old and the guy who messes around and is the rich kid. Just the diversity alone was great and fantastically done, I thought.
All these kids are accused of stealing charity donations from the store and are kept after the store is closed for the day. What I didn’t understand is how none of them questioned in the beginning why they were the only ones to be kept after to talk to the police but, a lot of kids their age don’t really know all their rights. During their time being stuck together they get up to a lot of things and become pretty good friends. The events in the book go quick and you really get sucked into the story. This is a good book if you want something light and good to read. Liz Czukas is an author that I’ll definitely read no matter what from. She hasn’t let me down and she’s a great author.