Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Review: Choker by Elizabeth Woods
Summary from Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Cara Lange has been a loner ever since she moved away from her best and only friend, Zoe, years ago. She eats lunch with the other girls from the track team, but they're not really her friends. Mostly she spends her time watching Ethan Gray from a distance, wishing he would finally notice her, and avoiding the popular girls who call her "Choker" after a humiliating incident in the cafeteria.
Then one day Cara comes home to find Zoe waiting for her. Zoe's on the run from problems at home, and Cara agrees to help her hide. With her best friend back, Cara's life changes overnight. Zoe gives her a new look and new confidence, and next thing she knows, she's getting invited to parties and flirting with Ethan. Best of all, she has her BFF there to confide in.
But just as quickly as Cara's life came together, it starts to unravel. A girl goes missing in her town, and everyone is a suspect—including Ethan. Worse still, Zoe starts behaving strangely, and Cara begins to wonder what exactly her friend does all day when she's at school. You're supposed to trust your best friend no matter what, but what if she turns into a total stranger?
A free read from rivetedlit.com from the mystery theme of this month. I picked up this one because it was short and I was in a mystery mood (my mood tend to change a lot, I am now in a contemporary mood).
I'm usually pretty good at guessing the big twists early on but I did not catch on until near the end with this novel. I enjoyed the fact that the twist surprised me and left me shocked by the end.
The characters were okay but the bullying in this novel was so hard to read! I felt so bad for Cara because she had to put up with this intense bullying for no apparent reason, just that the bully disliked her.
It was a mix between Zoe and Cara for the weirdest/creepiest character but Zoe won hands down.
I want to put out a warning, if you hate reading about animals dying, this is not the book for you. I could barely make it through one scene with an animal death.
I recommend checking out this novel if you enjoy being creeped out and interesting mysteries with unique plots/twists.
4 Stars Out of 5