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.(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
I wasn’t expecting to like this book.
Surprise, I did.
This was a cute, fun little book, with lots of interesting characters and a very likeable main character. Seriously, Chloe is one of the most real heroines I have read recently, and you just can’t help but like her. She’s one of those adorable, slightly clumsy, slightly awkward main characters you just have to fall in love with.
And, and, THE ROMANCE DIDN’T TAKE CENTER STAGE. Do you know how amazing that is? Yes, Chloe has a crush, but this book is more about an unlikely friendship rather than a not-so-hidden crush between two characters.
The plot of the book is pretty simple; Chloe works at a neighborhood chain grocery story, GoodFoods, has the Christmas Eve shift, on the day that a box full of donation money is being opened on live t.v. The box has been up since November first, but, when opened, it only contains about sixty dollars.
Guess who’s suspected of the theft? That’s right, Chloe and the five other teenagers that work the same shift. Partners in crime, the management thinks. So what’s the management to do? Say they can’t leave the store! The story takes place over about fourteen hours, which is kind of cool, and all the characters are unique, and despite the story taking place over such a short amount of time, they have some great character development.
Also, Chloe makes lists. The book is filled with lists like this:
TOP TEN WEIRDEST THINGS PEOPLE DO EVERY DAY AT GOODFOODS MARKET
10. Try to pay for their stuff with stolen credit cards then get pissed off when we have to cut the cards up.
9. Leave frozen foods-especially ice cream-in the nonfreezer sections, so they melt over everything.
8. Try to do that extreme couponing stuff because they’ve seen a couple episodes of that TV show.
7. Try to get refunds on food they didn’t like. After they ate it.
6. Let their kids run around the store like it’s a playground, then get all panicky when their little precious darlings get lost.
5. Come in on Saturdays and eat enough samples to make a meal.
4. Think it’s perfectly acceptable to make out in the aisles or the bathrooms.
3. Insist on only buying produce “from the back” even when we’ve got the freshest stuff out already and the stuff from the back is visibly rotting.
2. Try to return partially eaten cakes, claiming they’re too dry.
1. Eat food while they’re in the store, then stuff the empty boxes and bags behind the other food on the shelf.
I don’t know about everyone else, but I love lists in books. I think they add more depth to the story and the character writing them. In this case, it really showcases Chloe’s personality. You could read only the lists and get a pretty good sense of her.
This is definitely a light read, something to pick up if you want entertainment, rather then a heart-wrenching tragedy or something similar. But it’s cute, fun, and I recommend it.
Meanwhile, I watched Pitch Perfect 2 (it was good, and funny). Also, I watched the first couple of episodes of both “Stitchers” and “The Whispers.” Since I should only really be watching two shows at one (Supernatural wasn’t doing it for me. I expected more), and Teen Wolf starts up again in a few weeks, I told myself I’d watch the first two episodes of each then decide which one to watch based on those. The other I’d wait for it to come to Netflix.
Stitchers won, hands down. It’s funny, and it’s called a sci-fi paranormal crime drama, which is an awesome genre, if I do say so myself. The main character kind of reminds me of Sherlock, in the way she’s one of those people you really shouldn’t like but you can’t help liking at the same time. All of the other characters are awesome (all the scenes with Cameron and Linus are amazing), and if the show keeps up the epicness of the first few episodes, I will become quite addicted.
The Whispers, on the other hand, is a bit too serious, and I wanted something a bit more paranormal then I got. I will watch it eventually…just later.