To be published by Harper Teen
on December 9, 2014
Source: eARC from the publisher
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
My take: Since this book is about a girl who makes lists, I will make my Top Ten points about this book:
1) I always like YA books in which the teen characters have real (non-exciting) jobs. I worked jobs like this in high school, and this story really brought me back to those times.
2) I liked that this book took place around the holidays, which is a weird time to work at a store. The endless loop of holiday music is enough to drive you insane, all the while you are supposed to act all merry and jolly.
3) I loved the lists. I make lots and lots of lists.
4) Yes, this did feel a bit like a PG-rated Breakfast Club, with the five kids locked in the breakroom toward the middle of the book, but at that point the book got a bit dialogue-heavy.
5) Not so much romance in this one. It started off seeming that there'd be romance, but not really.
6) Without the romance, I was hoping for a bit more of a mystery.
7) Without romance and mystery, it was more of a friendship book. A really-getting-to-know-people-you -were-kind-of-judgey-toward book. That took a while to kick in, but once it did, I liked that aspect.
8) I thought the fact that Chloe was a diabetic was interesting, and I wished her feelings about that had been incorporated more into the story rather it than seeming like a "ticking clock" for plot purposes.
9) To me, this book felt on the very young side of YA. It had a bit of a Disney Channel feel. Not that that's a bad thing, but just saying. It would be a great pick for tween readers.
10) All in all, a contemporary YA on the young side that emphasizes friendship over romance and mystery.