Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Choker by Elizabeth Woods

Title: Choker

Author: Elizabeth Woods

Published: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2011

Pages: 233

First Line: " 'Come out, come out, little frog.' "

Summary: 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?  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: Choker seemed like a really interesting book.  It had a great premise and it sounded like my kind of book.  I expected Choker to be a really creepy read with a twist ending.

It was and it wasn’t.  Choker’s writing style was really simplistic so it makes it very easy to read.  The book is 233 pages and I managed to read it in one sitting.  The simplicity also makes it not seem as creepy as it could’ve been.

There is a twist ending but if you’re anything like me and read a lot of books with twist endings, you’ll already know how the book ends.  I had guessed what the ending was going to be by chapter 3.

I thought that Choker was quite enjoyable.  I had fun reading it and while it isn’t a book I’d buy, it did have readability at least once.  I think that Choker is probably a book good for people around 14-16.  The writing style is quite simple and it is rather enjoyable.  Just don’t expect too much from it.

Source: Library

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