Choker by Elizabeth Woods

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ChokerTitle: Choker
Author: Elizabeth Woods
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Release: January 4, 2011
Pages: 233
Series: None
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?

I won this book from a giveaway a long time ago and just the other day I decided it was time to get going on reading it. Wow, it only took me a short while to read this book because it really moved fast when you got into it. My only problem with this book was how short it was, it could have used a little more background detail before really getting going into the book. The characters in this book were full of surprises, creating a lot of suspense and surprise. They were able to scare you, make you feel and make you scared for them. The writing of the book was fairly good, very descriptive of the then and there, but not as much about the past and the dynamics of some of the character relationships. I enjoyed how the book title was brought into play several times, it gave the sense of full circle. In the end, I would have liked a bit more conclusive ending rather than leaving the reader hanging like it did. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes horror movies or stories or anyone who just wants to be creeped out. I give Choker a 4/5 for being a great, creepy read.

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  1. It is definitely creepy! I read this one last spring I think and it was really good. Thanks for putting it back on people's radars!

    The Musings of ALMYBNENR

  2. No problem, it is definitely a bit of an unknown book, which I find odd. Glad you enjoyed it too!

  3. I really really don't get into "victim" characters. I don't have any use for them. Buuut this one does sound good and from your review it's clear you did enjoy it despite the issues. So I may have to give it a try!

    Cath Brookes
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