Review: Choker

Posted July 30, 2015 in 4 Star Ratings, Book Reviews / Leave a comment!

Review: ChokerChoker by Elizabeth Woods
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published On: January 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
4 Stars
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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?


Kind of a cute cover. It makes you think that this is a contemporary book and I don’t know that it is.

Initial Thoughts

I expected a cute contemporary book about a girl who doesn’t fit in. That’s exactly how the book starts. I was expecting a cute romance and a happy ending which isn’t quite what happened.

My New BFF

I liked Cara enough but not as a bff. She’s kind of annoying because she just goes through life and doesn’t try. That bothers me more than it should. She was a good enough character though.

My Crush

No crush in this book! It’s not that kind of book for me.

Writing Style

The writing style in this book is interesting. The author is really good at deceptions and lies. You’re reading what happening but you can tell there’s something not quite right. The plot was pretty interesting but the characters didn’t really do it for me. I thought they could have been a little better. It was still a good book to read though.

Closing Thoughts

I wasn’t quite prepare for the craziness of this book. You’re expecting something completely different from all the murders and lies. It’s completely insane how this book messes with your mind. I think that’s why this book got a higher rating for me, because of the ending. It’s just not what you’re expecting even though you were kind of expecting something like this to happen. I don’t want to spoil, but seriously give this book a chance.


“The Ethan of her dreams had disappeared. He was just another person who was sad. She was kind of glad, actually. Dreams disappeared when you woke up. The real thing was better anyway.”

4 out of 5 stars

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4 responses to “Review: Choker

  1. Definetly going to check this one out! It sounds kind of like Vanishing Girls (by Lauren Oliver) which I loved. Have you read that one?

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