Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Jackie's Review of Debut YA Thriller Choker

What if the only friend you could trust turned out to be dangerous? A new thriller from debut author Elizabeth Woods!

Jackie says:
"Cara is a loner who exists at the edges of her high school. She eats lunch with the track team, but no one talks to her. She pines for a boy who doesn't notice her at all. And she's the brunt of some ugly teasing from the popular girls. But things change when Zoe, Cara's best friend from early childhood whom she lost touch with after Cara's family moved away, shows up one day in her bedroom. She's run away after doing "something bad", and she asks Cara to hide her for awhile. Cara, overjoyed to see her only friend on earth, of course says yes. And for awhile it's great--Zoe is on Cara's side on everything, and helps bolster her with sympathy and a makeover, and maybe some other things that Cara begins to suspect but doesn't know, or want to know, much about. While Zoe hides in the house all day, Cara goes to school and practice and is suddenly noticed and included. But Zoe gets jealous, and "bad" things start to happen. There are interesting twists and turns to this story that keep the pages turning quickly. This is a very impressive first novel from Woods."

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