Book Review | Choker
Author: Elizabeth Woods
About the Book:
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 read this book in a matter of a couple days staying up late one night because I just had to finish it. It started out with Cara, a socially awkward teenage girl, having lunch in her high school cafeteria. She feels very out of place and alone even though she sits with a group of girls. She always has the feeling that she never fits in. As she quietly eats her lunch of carrot sticks, one gets lodged in her throat and she begins to choke. Thankfully, her crush comes to her rescue and gets her breathing again, but the damage has been done. The whole school saw her choking and making noises because she couldn’t breath and instead of being sympathetic, they are mean and cruel. I felt so bad for poor Cara and it angered me to see how awful these group of girls were to her.
I related to Cara because I know how she felt being an outsider in school. I always felt the same way myself so this book really hit home for me. The author captured the feeling of feeling like you don’t belong and always second guessing yourself. Cara life takes a different turn when she discovers her best friend Zoe in her room when she returns home. She is ecstatic because Zoe is the one person who accepts Cara and who she feels comfortable with.
The story moves quick and I don’t want to give too much away to ruin it for you because this is one book you need to read without knowing what happened. It blew me out of the water with the twist in this one! I was reading and was thinking “no way!”. I’m still thinking about this book and I finished reading it a few days before.
I hope Elizabeth Woods writes more books. She is an amazing writer, storyteller and I could easily imagine all the multi-dimensional characters. If you like YA or books like The Pretty Little Liars series, then pick this one up for sure!
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*