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Choker

by Elizabeth Woods

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | November 7, 2013 | Hardcover

Choker is rated 3.7895 out of 5 by 19.
Zoe and Cara were as close as friends could be—until Zoe moved away. Miserable without Zoe, Cara grew into an unhappy sixteen-year-old, tormented by the popular girls and nursing a hopeless crush. Then one day Cara returns home from a miserable day at school to find Zoe sitting on her bed. Shocked and delighted, Cara agrees to hide Zoe from troubles at home and the two resume their friendship as though no time has passed. Zoe even helps Cara get up the courage to stand up for herself and talk to her crush. But when one of the popular girls winds up dead, Cara begins to suspect that Zoe is responsible, and her questions only feed Zoe’s anger. As Cara searches for answers, she is forced to confront a deadly truth….

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 in

Published: November 7, 2013

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 144241233X

ISBN - 13: 9781442412330

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice book The end was unexpected and I really like the the way the whole story was turned upside down at the end! great book! i recommend it!
Date published: 2014-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not what I expected.... in a good way! I bought this book as it was super cheap and figured it might be a good read. What a shocker once you get to the end. I really like how the author played out this book. Definitely a good read - would recommend to any one!!
Date published: 2014-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eerily Creepy! I bought this book without knowing anything about it. It was really creepy. You think you know how it's gonna end but BAM! you were wrong.
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Psychological Thriller A psychological thriller. It was pretty obvious what was happening throughout the book and it was an easy read. Cara moves away from her childhood best friend, Zoe to a town where Cara is still the odd one out and it isn't intill Zoe comes to visit her out of the blue that things for Cara start to look better. Something happens to the queen bee, her enemy and her crush starts to show interest in her. At the end of it Cara is left with a crazy mess that she is tries to clean up but is it too much to do herself? Has all the fun and games gone too far?
Date published: 2013-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I knew it! There is not too much to say about this book without revealing the ending, other than to say, I predicted the twist right all along. It is probably in part my fault, as for every book I read, I always flip to the page filled with the copyrights. At the bottom of some of those copyright pages, there is a brief summary that gives the reader a much better idea of what the book's about compared to what the blurb actually says. Below that, there are a list of themes and subjects that appear in the book, starting with the most relevant. One of those themes were not touched on in the given blurb, so I immediately started thinking about the characters, especially on Cara and Zoe. I barely passed the 1/3 of the book and had a very strong sense of what was actually going on. So when the ending came, I exclaimed "I knew it!" To be honest, it was predictable. A very pretty cover, but predictable. And I didn't find this book creepy at all. I just thought a lot of the Overly Attached Girlfriend meme and how this could be an overly attached friend, haha. But in all seriousness, all the hints were there and are easy for a reader to pick up and to understand what was really going on with the disappearances and deaths.
Date published: 2012-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gave Me Shivers Find more reviews at www.eyesonthepages.blogspot.ca Well. That was definitely a creepy read. But I do have to say that a really enjoyed it! Woods was able to really make the characters come alive. And Zoe was SUCH a great character. Definitely not someone I'd want to be best friends with. But she really made this story what it is! The friendship between them is still just as strong as it originally was when Cara moved away from Zoe in Grade 5. Because of this intense closeness between the two friends, Cara easily looks over any hints of Zoe being... Odd. Zoe was very eager to help out Cara as if they'd never been separated. Although, in one moment Zoe seemed more than happy to help out her old best friend Cara, who had taken her in during a time of need. and all of a sudden she would do a 180. Hurting Cara's feelings and sounding very flippant. Like I said, Zoe's character was GREAT. Also, I absolutely LOVE the cover on this book. And each chapter starts off like the cover does! With all that said, which isn't really that much... Choker is an intense, suspensefully creepy, quick read. With just over 200 pages, Choker will leave you with goosebumps and a shiver down your spine.
Date published: 2012-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice! It really kept my interest, the end was such a twist, it's a really easy read if you aren't looking for anything major :)
Date published: 2012-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Predictable Halfway through the book i already knew how it was going to end. The plot could have been a litle better, but over all it was an o.k book
Date published: 2011-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could have been better The book started out all right. I hated what the other girls did to Cara. They were awful and despicable. So, I did sympathize with her. For a while. Then she just got to me. She just seemed so, weak and a pushover at times. You couldn’t help but get frustrated at her sometimes. When Zoe comes in, she does take an interesting personality change and Zoe is partly responsible for that. However, as the plot wore on, I rather guessed what was going on, and the underlying secret. I am not sure if the big secret was obvious to other readers who have read this book, but I did figure it out when Zoe starts to have a more prominent place in the story. Although it started off rather interesting, I could not help but lose interest. It was predictable, and Cara as a character just did improve and I stopped liking her. I felt sorry for her, but she didn’t make herself likable at all. It came to the point where you can’t feel sorry for her anymore she just became so...pathetic. She did manage to grow a spine, but it would shrink rapidly as well. Another thing I did not take kindly to was the animal cruelty mentioned in the book. It was horrible to read and to me, unnecessary. It was already evident that Zoe and Cara aren’t really all “there” so I don’t see why there had to be any mentioning of any animals being killed. The ending, well it was predictable, therefore it wasn’t that exciting or a complete revelation to read. I thought there could have been more to the book. It’s not a book I would recommend, I would say take it or leave it. I’ve read much better than this. It’s predictable, and by the time you finished the book you find it lacking in something, perhaps a new twist should have been brought in, or something that would have brought the plot to a more interesting level.
Date published: 2011-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Short, Enjoyable/Creepy Read! I really enjoyed this book. This is the first book ever published by Elizabeth Woods, and it turned out pretty well, I'll be sure to be on the look out for some of her other books in the future! The cover really got my attention, and the ending was just so creepy, yet enjoyable and it's a short read. This is the kind of book where you simply can't just put down, it also makes it easier to read, since most of the chapters are maximum 4 pages long, which I, strangely liked x)
Date published: 2011-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deliciously creepy Wow. Just, wow. The plot of this book was just intense. Intense, intense, intense. It was one of those books for me, while reading it – I had no idea what was going to happen. Don’t get me wrong, I love books like that – where I can’t predict the ending. This book though, wow. The ending completely shocked me. This book was one of those psychological thrillers, which just left you wanting more and more. It had many twists and turns, and all were delivered perfectly. For Elizabeth Woods’s first novel, I thought she did an impeccable job. Majority of the time, I could not put this book down, that’s how interested I was in it. Choker will definitely thrill and chill you all; as the story unfolds it just grips you and leaves you wanting more. Get your hands on a copy ASAP!
Date published: 2011-04-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Predictable Review first published at http://unautrehistoire.blogspot.com/ I have two copies of Choker by Elizabeth Woods. None of the bookstores in my city had it on release day, which really annoyed me. So I ordered it, totally forgetting that I sent an e-mail to Simon and Schuster asking for a copy (they had some promo, and all you had to do was send an e-mail with your address). So One day I received that copy and the day after I received the copy that I bought. Anywho, this book was ok, and I'll tell you why. I figured everything out by page ten, I had the whole story figured out. So once I knew that it was hard to get excited about reading it. Like getting really into a movie, but having the end spoiled by someone. My own mind spoiled this one for me. It was good. The story was intriguing, and the writing was good. The characters were a little blah for me. But again I don't know if that's just me. I really liked the concept of the story and found it pretty creepy at times. I hated Cara's parents, they knew something was going on with Cara but chose to ignore it. They really irked me. As I think about it more, I would recommend this book. It was an interesting read, not something I have every read before. For a debut novel, I am actually pretty impressed. My figuring out what was going on, was not due to bad writing, not at all. I seem to be able to do that sometimes. I haven't seen Johnny Depp's new movie The Tourist and I already know that he's in on the whole thing (sorry for everyone who wanted to see that). So go out and buy this book, it was good and I want to know what everyone thought, so if you've read it, leave me a comment, and tell me your thoughts.
Date published: 2011-03-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I predicted the ending by the middle of the book. It seemed very obvious to me. It was a quick read, and I don't think I would recommend it to my friends.
Date published: 2011-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from WOW!!!! there is no words to describe how creepy this book was... i read it in 2 days and im very creeped out...dont get me wrong the book was fantastic but i got chills..... Cara's best friend Zoe is the creepiest the way Woods describes her character it got me very disgusted and creeped but it also got me wanting to read on..... the ending was UNEXPECTED when i read it i was like WHATT!!!!! it was soo unpretictable that i had to re-read what happend.... but most parts were preticable on what was going to happen (the way the author emphaised some parts) except for the ending overall it was a good read... if u want to be creeped out but yet love thriiller books this is an excelllent novel...it kept me at the edge of my seat literally...
Date published: 2011-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What an Ending! I admit, about halfway through this book, though I enjoyed it, I wasn't expecting it to be a wonderful book. I found it to be thoroughly predictable, but wow, was I wrong! The ending of this book will send you reeling, and it definitely requires a second read to get the full appreciation it deserves. My only caution: this is not a book to read if you want to be happy. It's creepy, icky and strange, but in the best way possible.
Date published: 2011-02-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wow! WOW!!! What a hair-raising read! Elizabeth Woods will wow the YA world with her debut release of Choker! Even this 30 “something” mom found the hair on the back of my neck rising up with each new chapter. Choker touches on a very serious issue facing our teens today. Bullying, in its worst form has driven many a child to drastic measures in his/her attempts to deal and to fit it. Your hair is the wrong colour! Your jeans are out of date! You chose the wrong friend!!! Stupid reasons to be teased, yet silly little matters like these are all it takes for children to turn into to vicious, malicious, and vile beasts who have the power to wreak irreparable damage to other innocent souls who want nothing more than to fit in. In Choker, Elizabeth Woods will take readers on one girl’s journey through the trials and tribulations of high-school and her unfortunate “pleasure” of being a target. Written the in first person, readers are treated to a personal view of Cara’s emotional turmoil, fear, and despair at her predicament. Talented beyond measure, Woods has created a turbulent, yet “gripping” experience that will keep readers guessing right until the very end. The smooth and seemingly effortless progression of this thrilling story will keep readers devouring page after page, despite the heart-pumping "creep" factor! Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for sending me a finished copy of Choker for review!!
Date published: 2011-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dreaming of Books Review Cara is sixteen, a outcast at school with no close friends. At the beginning of the book her childhood best friend and the only true friend she‘s ever had, she comes to live with Cara. She`s ecstatic to have her back. But when two popular girls turn up dead Cara suspects that Zoe might be somehow involved. The relationship is unconventional to be sure and not your average BFF friendship. Cara is shy with low self esteem. She’s weak and she easily goes through life unnoticed. Zoe is the complete opposite of Cara. She’s very forward, daring and bold. Cara can be herself in front of Zoe and being around her gives Cara a confidence boost, something that she lacks. There’s definitely something not right with Zoe as she gets weirder and weirder as the story progressed. I never knew what was going on inside that head of hers. She has mood swings…one minute she’s happy and the next she’s upset and you never know what she might do next. Out of the two of them, Cara was the weaker one so I didn’t know how she would handle Zoe. Would Cara confront Zoe…would there be a big fallout….I just didn’t know. I figured out who the murderer was halfway through the book…it was pretty obvious but what wasn’t obvious was who Zoe was. Needless to say ending came as a big shocker and looking back now there were some signs that hinted at it. Choker is the first debut novel I’ve read this year and if its any indication of the line-up of debut novels to come then I for one am excited.
Date published: 2011-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chilling thriller! I'd like to start off by saying that this book is so creepy and will keep you on the edge of your seat. I had no idea where this book was headed nor that it was a thriller. As you start off you learn the story of Cara who is kind of an outcast at school and get bullied a lot. You feel sorry for her as her peers tease her and call her names like Choker after having choked on food in the cafeteria. It is that relentless bullying that makes you feel for Cara and wish she had her best friend with her again. Then enter Zoe, her long lost best friend from her childhood. Almost like magic when she needs her best friend she appears. It's the perfect timing and Zoe helps her through some tough times. I immediately did not like Zoe - I loved her character because she was so off the wall, but I had a bad feeling about her. She was trouble with a capital T, but Cara only sees her best friend from fifth grade. Zoe is the complete opposite of Cara in looks, attitude and personality. Zoe seems to be very possessive of Cara like a stalker almost and that is the part that started creeping me out. She would be her cheery best friend one minute and then super freaky stalker girl the next. Cara starts off being this shy, meek and quiet character who I kind of actually disliked. She didn't stand up for herself or speak up. It frustrated me so much. Then after her best friend arrives she has the courage to be more outspoken, take chances on being friends with her peers and even talking to boys. She is a much more outgoing person once she knows she has her friend there to help pick up the pieces should she fall down along the way. I like her better as the more confident Cara. There is a great plot twist that will leave you shocked. I love a good mystery or thriller and am always trying to figure out what happened and who did it, but I didn't quite have the whole thing figured out. I was so certain I was right and I am happy to say that the book did not disappoint in completely throwing me off course.
Date published: 2011-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Creepy and Chilling Thriller! Choker is one messed up novel and I mean that it in the most positive of senses. Dark, creepy, and even chilling at times, the novel left me completely on edge. It’s a short, quick read but I was enthralled the entire time I was reading, drawn into a story that seemed so predictable at first, but which soon turned out to be anything but. Cara’s life hasn’t been easy since her family moved away years ago, leaving behind her best and only friend Zoe. Popular girls, like Alexis and Sydney, love to give her a hard time, and their taunting has only gotten worse since Cara choked on a carrot, giving her the nickname “Choker”. Things change when Zoe suddenly reappears back into her life after having run away from home, and Cara instantly agrees to help hide her away, all too happy to see her once again. Cara’s got her best friend back at her side and with Zoe’s help, she’s finally confidant enough to speak to her crush Ethan, even though his girlfriend is the awful Alexis. But just when Cara feels that everything is right again, a girl disappears from her school and Zoe begins to act strangely… The friendship between Zoe and Cara is so tight that even after years of not seeing one another, they immediately pick up the pieces and act as though they were never separated. Cara’s alone and having a really tough time at school; she’s socially awkward and the popular girls easily pick up on this, giving her a difficult time. She comes across as a rather weak character in the beginning but with Zoe’s arrival, we begin to her personality change for the better as she grows into her own. She’s an outsider, but with a little more confidence, she gains the courage to put herself out there a little more. Zoe’s personality was a whole other matter. Her behaviour was totally erratic- invested in helping Cara one moment and then the next, oddly detached and couldn’t care less. She had an almost possessive nature when it came to Cara and well, she sort of freaked me out… The ending is crazy insane! Just when you think you have everything figured out, Elizabeth Woods pulls the rug out from under you and you’re left stunned. I swear if anyone saw me when I finished, I would have worn a stupefied expression because it was just that good. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, wracking my brain trying to remember any signs and they are there, but I just didn’t connect the dots until everything was spelled out for me already. The build-end up to the end and the subsequent conclusion are so sudden, you’re just left reeling. I loved it! Elizabeth Wood’s debut novel is a wonderful addition to the so few psychological thrillers to be found in the YA genre! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2011/01/choker-by-elizabeth-woods.html
Date published: 2011-01-15

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Choker

by Elizabeth Woods

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 in

Published: November 7, 2013

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 144241233X

ISBN - 13: 9781442412330

About the Book

When her best friend Zoe reappears after moving away, Cara agrees to hide Zoe from troubles at home. Then one of the popular girls at school who had tormented Cara winds up dead, and Cara suspects Zoe is responsible. As Cara searches for answers, she's forced to confront a deadly truth.

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Chapter 1 C ARA LANGE STOOD IN THE DOORWAY OF THE CAFE- teria, her nylon lunch bag in one hand. The din of chattering students floated above the sea of white Formica-topped tables, and a steamy potato-and-onion aroma emanated from the kitchen. Cara paused. She wasn’t sure she could stand another lunch tacked onto the other track girls like a vestigial organ—completely useless and unnecessary. She considered fleeing to the parking lot and eating lunch in her yellow ’99 Volvo. But no. She wasn’t that lame. Not yet. Cara forced her legs across the brown-tiled room. Sherman High hadn’t done a lot of updating since its construction in 1975, architecture’s notorious Brutalism phase. People driving by often mistook the sprawling building on the outskirts of Des Moines for a prison. Cara could have told them that assumption wasn’t far from the truth. She passed the emo kids in the corner, and the hipsters with their retro T-shirts, and the hippies eating organic yogurt. Some of the art students were stacking a bunch of chairs into a tower—some kind of new art installation? The track girls were clustered at their usual table, packed in tightly. Sarit Kohli, her dark braid reaching almost to her waist, inhaled a stack of turkey slices as she told Rachael Meade about yesterday’s practice. Julie Cohen chomped loudly on an apple while laughing at something Madeline Brazelton was texting. Cara stood over them for a minute, smiling vague
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Zoe and Cara were as close as friends could be—until Zoe moved away. Miserable without Zoe, Cara grew into an unhappy sixteen-year-old, tormented by the popular girls and nursing a hopeless crush. Then one day Cara returns home from a miserable day at school to find Zoe sitting on her bed. Shocked and delighted, Cara agrees to hide Zoe from troubles at home and the two resume their friendship as though no time has passed. Zoe even helps Cara get up the courage to stand up for herself and talk to her crush. But when one of the popular girls winds up dead, Cara begins to suspect that Zoe is responsible, and her questions only feed Zoe’s anger. As Cara searches for answers, she is forced to confront a deadly truth….

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