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REVIEW: Choker by Elizabeth Woods


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?


  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144241233X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442412330


I really enjoyed this mystery - psychological thriller.  The blurb above pretty much tells you everything about the book except the ending.  I pretty much gave up trying to write a review about the actual story since all of the minor details end up pointing to the ending and I would hate to give that away.  If you are a careful reader, you can pretty much figure out "who did it" before the end of the book since there are several clues nicely placed through out the story.   This one is geared towards older teens since there is alcohol/drug use, sexual situations and language. 

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