by Elizabeth Woods
Wide Eyed - 4/5
First, a quick summary from Goodreads:
"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.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.
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?"
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.
TBR Count: 48