Monday, May 9, 2011
Book Review - Choker by Elizabeth Woods
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Source: Simon & Schuster
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?
In this debut novel, we get a good look into highschool bullying, what it's like to be a loner and get teased and picked on. Cara, a young girl in high school is the one who is teased and bullied and when her best friend Zoe shows up in her room one day after years apart, things start looking up. Though after some deaths and disappearances, Cara starts to question whether her friend coming back was such a good idea.
Woods is a able to paint a clear picture from the very first sentence, to the last. I could see the whole story play out like a movie. The characters are well thought of. And it's easy to feel bad and to relate to Cara in Choker. For me, I hated high school, and I was a loner. I hated the drama, and the whole time felt like one big popularity contest. The kids walked around thinking they were better than everyone else. Thankfully I didn't get the bullying, and teasing, but I did see it happen, and Woods portrays it perfectly in her novel.
Elizabeth Woods debut thriller is a great book, I read it in 2 sittings and couldn't put it down. She knows how to draw you in, and she'll take you on twists and turns. I highly recommend this book and I'm definitely anticipating any upcoming novels from Woods.