Chloe drew the short straw to work on Christmas Eve at GoodFoods Market. The presence of her crush, Tyson, is a slight silver lining, but considering she can barely speak coherent sentences to him it’s not enough. All her co-workers are very different so she doesn’t have any friends at work. To add insult to injury, when the charity money the store has been collecting for a month is stolen, Chloe and her co-workers are accused of the crime.
Top 10 lists – Chloe writes top 10 lists for everything – Top 10 things she likes about Tyson, Top 10 Worst Mom Phrases, etc. I’m a sucker for Top 10 lists.
Diverse Cast – The characters are diverse and amazing. Liz Czukas found the perfect way to give each character depth and a backstory in a pretty standard length novel. At the beginning of the book, none of the characters interact much. Several of them dislike each other based on stereotypes and misunderstandings. By the end of the book you can see genuine friendships between Chloe, Tyson, Gabe, Zaina, Micah, and Sammi. Possibly even a romance down the line.
Minimal Angst / Not Romance focused – Chloe isn’t overwrought. She’s self conscious like most teenagers, but doesn’t take it overboard and that makes reading this a pleasant experience. I also loved that while we know right away that Chloe has a crush on Tyson, that relationship is not a focus of the book. She gets to know him just like she gets to know the rest of her coworkers.
Not so Mysterious – I was fairly certain almost immediately who stole the charity money and absolutely certain by the midpoint of the book. It wasn’t that big of a deal for me, because the mystery wasn’t the focal point of the novel for me. I cared way more about the interaction between Chloe, Tyson, Gabe, Zaina, Micah, and Sammi than the mystery.
A really fun book that made me immediately add Czukas’ other book to my TBR. I can see myself re-reading this down the line.