Choker - Review


Choker by Elizabeth Woods
Publication date: 4 January, 2011 from Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
ISBN 10/13: 144241233X / 9781442412330

Category: Young Adult Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Keywords: Contemporary, mystery, thriller, creepy

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?
How I found out about this book: Grabbed the galley online thanks to Simon & Schuster and Publisher's Weekly

My review: I'm lucky my husband is a heavy sleeper. Choker had me twisting and turning in terror, cringing every few chapters, occasionally having to burrow into his side because the chills running up my spine were actually causing me to feel like my blood was literally running cold--despite 2 blankets, flannel jammies, and a snuggie. Shhh--What's that whimpering noise? (Oh wait, that's me.)

Fans of old-school teen horror like R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, and Caroline B. Cooney will either delight in this new addition to the young adult thriller genre, or totally see the end coming. I hope it's the former--not being able to guess the ending, or thinking that I hadn't, gave me the freedom to enjoy the book. So if you want to enjoy it, believe me when I say that whatever you think the answer to the mystery is--you're wrong!


Choker is Elizabeth Woods's 1st YA novel.

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