Quote for the week: Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. Mark Twain
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (January 4, 2011)
This review is from the eGalley copy.
Zoe is Cara’s best friend. But sometimes people are not always what they claim to be, and Zoe is also Cara’s worst enemy. Do you enjoy suspense stories? Do you like a plot that keeps you guessing until the very end?
If you answered yes to any of the above, Elizabeth Woods’s debut novel, CHOKER, has all the ingredients to keep you reading far into the night. Cara, like most teenagers, wants to fit in, to belong. Instead, the other girls taunt and tease her; they laugh at and make fun of her. The only friend she has is Zoe. Zoe, however, has problems of her own. There’s also Ethan, the handsome athlete that Cara is attracted to. He has a girlfriend though. Then accidents start to happen, and Ethan’s girlfriend disappears.
The author developed her characters nicely. I liked Cara and was cheering for her to find happiness with Ethan. Yes, I like a good romance along with the suspense. The author also created characters that I hoped would get what they deserved. The only problem I had with the story was at the beginning when so many names were introduced. At first I was confused, but later, the characters came to life for me, especially the major characters. This is a fine debut novel, containing mystery, suspense, and a bit of romance. You might want to read it with the lights on.
Happy Reading and Writing.