ARC Review: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas

ARC Review: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas
Top Ten Clueless You're Clueless
by Liz Czukas

Genres: Comedy, Contemporary, Drama, Romance, Young Adult
Publication date: December 9, 2014
by Harperteen

Format: eARC


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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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


Liz Czukas definitely has the whole light, easy read thing down–I’d go far as to say she’s a pro at it. But of course, despite being a hilarious and cute read, this book wasn’t perfect. Let me list down three reasons why you’ll love it, and two reasons why you might not.

Top Three Reasons Why You’ll Enjoy Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless

  1. You’ll love Chloe. The main thing I’d like to commend Czukas for is how real she made Chloe out to be. Chloe really sounded like a teen, having small bits of random problems here and there, like having a crush on her co-worker, the super cute Tyson.
  2. You’ll love the the entire cast of characters. I was a bit surprised to find out that this book was more focused on friendship and character development rather than the romance, but I actually enjoyed this aspect a lot! Chloe and her gang all had different personalities (and nationalities as well!), but they worked so well together. The whole group had so much chemistry together, and you’ll adore their crazy antics and bonding moments.
  3. You’ll love the lists–maybe. Personally, I love writing lists–I write them when I’m bored or when I have to.  Chloe made lists out of all the minor details she’d notice all day. She’d write some down and some are just in her head, but either way, each list had some entertaining content.

Top Two Reasons Why Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless Might Not Be For You

  1. Not all aspects were streched to their potential. See, the main events in this book happen in the course of A DAY, so not a lot can really happen. For example, Chloe had diabetes. There was a small scene where everyone made a fuss of it, but I never really got the point of even adding the diabetes bit there if there wasn’t anything important about it.
  2. The book might be too cheesy for you. The “mystery” aspect of the book was a bit predictable, and the whole stuck-in-a-grocery-store thing could be too weird.

Overall, I would still recommend this to anyone looking for quick and funny read. But if you’re looking for a story with a bit more depth, this isn’t for you.

*Thank you to Harper Teen for the review copy!

Rating Report
Overall: 3.3
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Aimee is a sixteen year old bookworm from the Phillipines! She reads any book that catches her attention, but she mostly reads YA. She's into graphic design, writing and sleeping. You can find her at Deadly Darlings, The Book Geek, Goodreads and on Twitter.

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  1. says

    I completely agree with your review. I too felt that the whole day aspect slightly annoying and a little surreal at times as it didn’t work for me in terms of the flow sadly. I did love the friendship aspect though, it was a pleasant light storyline to enjoy. I must say I do need to read her other book that a lot of people recommended!
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  2. says

    I really enjoyed this one, and although the mystery wasn’t exactly a mind breaker, the characterization was done so well! This is a perfectly adorable book to read when you need something light and fluffy!

  3. says

    Aimee I love the format of your review! Of course I am a big fan of making lists and although I though Chloe and her list making was really quirky, unfortunately however I wasn’t able to enjoy this book as much as I’d hoped. Like you mentioned I was able to guess the mystery aspect quite early on and I did want a bit more from the romance aspect too :( Lovely review!
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  4. Laila BC says

    sounds like a totally fun and light read…but it wouldn’t be something i would put in my tbr anytime soon…but thanks for this review…who knows i might just be in the mood for a book just like this one sometime in the future :)

  5. says

    This one has cute contemporary written all over it and while it’s definitely not for me I can’t help but admire it. Sometimes we need these cute/cheesy contemporary reads to let loose and get our minds out of all the dystopian/horror/paranormal stuff we have on our minds ;)
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  6. says

    I haven’t read this yet, but I really enjoyed Ask Again Later! Even though I’m not a huge fan of contemporaries, I like to throw in something light and fluffy on occasion. I’m surprised that it takes place in a day though!
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  7. says

    I’m not usually a fan of light and funny reads because when I read, I’m completely invested in the book and characters, but this does sound like something that could be read when you’re taking a break from your normal reading habits. Chloe sounds really nice and the friendship view-point is something I would honestly enjoy. However since this is set in the course of just one day, it might not be my cup of tea. Nice review, though, Aimee :)
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  8. says

    I’ve been looking forward to reading this one since I first saw it on Goodreads. From what your review tell me, I think it should be the cute contemporary I was hoping it would be! I’m very exited to see the friendship and family aspects of this book, as sometimes it feels to me that contemporaries only focus on the romance, while I personally think the sign of a good contemporary is one that focuses on all of our MC’s relationships and important people in their life.
    Amazing review!
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  9. says

    Hmm….I’m not sure what I’d think of this Aimee. I love the occasional light and fluffy read, but cheesy isn’t something that’s usually up my alley. However, the characterization here – especially in Chloe – sounds really well-done, and I’m interested in seeing what Czukas does with her as a main character. Thanks for sharing Aimee and, as always, fabulous review! ♥
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  10. says

    Even though it sounds like it’s aimed at the younger teen market, I love these light fluffy contemporaries, something that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s about time we seen more focusing on friendship rather than the romance. Really, how many teens have these epic sweeping romances anyway. I certainly didn’t when I was a teen :D Awesome review poppet, going to check this one out.
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  11. says

    I’m nervously sitting here, typing out this comment and hoping it finally lets me post it! I try to always leave a comment when I read a review because otherwise I feel like a lurker. Plus, it’s such a great review too :) So fingers crossed this goes through.

    I have had a copy of this for a while but still haven’t gotten to it, but I can’t completely figure out why. I think I was nervous that it wouldn’t be that good or would feel a little too young. It seems like it’s a quick, fun and easy read though and sometimes those are exactly what you need. I’m glad there are great secondary characters and that you liked them all, I hate when it feels like the main character is the only one who has anything to offer the book. You’ve made me less nervous to get to this book now, I don’t have really high expectations but I feel like it could be an enjoyable read for when I’m in the mood for something light.
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