Review: Choker

Jan •  17 •  2011
Review: ChokerChoker by Elizabeth Woods
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on January 4th 2011
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary/Thriller
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Galley Grab

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?(less)

Everyone has their limits. Some people can take more than others. But what happens when you push someone to the limit that even they don’t recognize? What happens when you can’t separate your mind anymore? What’s real? Who’s real? What if you can’t even see what you are doing?
Cara has been picked on immensely by her peers. Never have they left her alone. It is always something or someone making fun of her. After choking incident at lunch time instead of consoling her they ridicule her, making a joke of her choking. Cara is repressed and alone. Only to find peace in her best friend Zoe, who she finds one day in her room. Cara hides Zoe from her parents because they abused her. All the while Cara school mates, the ones that makes fun of her start to disappear. They find them, dead.
O.M.G. This book was the bomb. It totally messed with my head and left me reeling. I mean seriously, I can’t get over it. It was just so, awesome. Let me tell you, if you want a good, intensifying book read this. I have never read anything like it and was blown away. My mind is still messed up from reading it. There is a big secret, once  figured out towards the end that left me gasping. Believe, you won’t be disappointed.
Throughout the book we see everything in Cara’s point of view. This book was just great in the mystery area. It left things hanging so you kept reading but it never gave to much away. It left you turning page after page just wanting to know whats happening. Zoe was a friend who pressured Cara to change herself. And her love for Cara is one that I’d call obsessive.
Seriously read this book. It is a good psychological thriller that will leave you wanting more. This book will make such an awesome movie! I can only hope that one day it will be one. So seriously, if you want a book that will really mess with your head, read it!!
I give it 5 BITES!
Happy Reading!


  1. Jenny
    Jan 17, 2011

    I’m really excited to read this one, it sounds so dark and bizarre even thought you definitely wouldn’t think that based on the pretty pink cover. Zoe sounds creepy and interesting, I can’t wait to get to know here. Great review Savy:)

  2. I loved this book as well! Kind of teenage Fight Club? Haha. Just a little bit. 🙂

  3. I’ve actually heard mixed reviews on this one, but I love the dark premise. I definitely can’t wait to buy it. Great review!

  4. Lisa
    Jan 17, 2011

    I love when a book keeps you thinking long after you put it down. It sounds like it would be a great discussion book for a bookclub.

  5. ooooh it sounds amazing!!! Thanks for this review Savy =D

  6. Missie
    Jan 17, 2011

    Hey Savy,

    I have seen some mixed reviews for Choker, so I’m glad you see that you really liked it. I definitely want to give it a try now.

  7. Jessheartsbooks
    Jan 17, 2011

    This book sounds right up my street! Thank you so much for the wonderful review 🙂

  8. Missy
    Jan 17, 2011

    I think that this book would make a pretty great movie. I thought this was a good read, but I guessed the plot too soon and I think that kind of ruined it for me. But I love your review … it’s fantastic!

  9. This one was a dnf for me b/c of the psychology of it (dry reasons that could put you to sleep) and the ending (I skipped to it) was predictable for me. HOWEVER, I enjoyed your review a lot. That rocked! 🙂

  10. Kate Evangelista
    Jan 18, 2011

    I’ve been reading mixed reviews about this novel. Some like it and some don’t. Interesting.

  11. Penelope Lolohea
    Jan 18, 2011

    Wow, this book sounds so good! Thanks for the great review! I just added it to my TBR list. 🙂

  12. Lily Child
    Jan 23, 2011

    I’m really looking forward to reading this one. After reading your review, I think I’ll put it up a little higher on my tbr list! Although, I think I may have the secret figured out…I hope I’m wrong! 😛