Wednesday, January 5, 2011
16 year old Cara feels like an outsider at her high school. She has no real friends and tries to ignore the taunts of the popular girls who call her choker. So she's excited when her best friend from her old town shows up. Zoe is bold and independent and gives Cara confidence. But when Cara's enemies start turning up dead, Cara has to wonder if Zoe has something to do with it.
Soooo....this is one of those novels that messes with your head. You know, one of those that you start reading and initially dismiss as predictible and then WHOA!
Debut Author Woods builds a frighteningly effective atmosphere that's a mix of bullying, desire, low self-esteem, and mental instability. It's an explosive combo. Cara is a total train wreck, crush Ethan (the head mean girl's boyfriend) is hiding an atypical dark secret and Zoe is campy fun...that is until she engages in some PETA unfriendly behavior. NOOO!
I should note that this is the first full length novel I read on my new NOOK. I am noticing a bit of a disconnect with the material I am reading on it, which is worrying. Hopefully I'll take to reading on an eReader soon.
CHOKER was released yesterday in hardcover. Find out more about it (and read an excerpt) on the publisher's website.