Choker

Choker

by Elizabeth Woods
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Choker 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
jewelknits More than 1 year ago
The publisher's blurb gets right to the heart of this book. When Cara was in fifth grade, her parents, both attorneys, moved to a new neighborhood, taking her away from her best friend Zoe. Although they were very solicitous of her after the move, eventually, they went back to working long hours, leaving Cara pretty much on her own. Although Cara is on the track team at Sherman High, she doesn't have any friends and feels like a total outsider. Not even her teammates make an effort to make conversation with her, even when she's sitting at their table in the lunchroom. One day during lunch, a carrot gets stuck in Cara's throat, and the only one who notices is Ethan Gray, captain of the boy's track team and Cara's crush. He performs the Heimlich maneuver on her and saves her life. Blonde and beautiful Alexis is Ethan's girlfriend. HER best friend is Sydney, Cara's next-door neighbor. They are the mean girls of the school, and immediately dub Cara "Choker", coming up to her in the hall and making gagging noises, humiliating her in front of everyone else. One day Cara comes home and Zoe is sitting on her bed, needing a place to stay because something "bad" happened at home and now she can't go back. Cara is so happy to see her and to have her best friend back that she decides to let Zoe stay in her bedroom, keeping her a secret from her parents. She finally has her best friend back, someone to confide in and complain about her life to. Suddenly bad things start to happen around Cara. A party at Sydney's house ends in tragedy, and it's easy for the reader to see what's going on, but Cara simply refuses to believe that her friend would have anything to do with it. We see how twisted and possessive Zoe is, but Cara is in denial. While Zoe helps Cara with her confidence and appearance, she also snaps at her and turns on her at various times for no reason. As I read, I could actually see this book as a movie. It is suspenseful, and I kept wondering who was next or what would happen next. All in all, this is a solid, satisfying read, appropriate for YA audiences, with references to violence, but no explicitly violent scenes. Pretty creepy all in all.
BookHounds More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never in a million years would I have guessed the ending, I litterally gad to stop and think and then read it again, if you love a surprising and shocking ending then you will love this book
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
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.
Book_WhispererJO More than 1 year ago
Choker is a truly terrifying realistic story. True horror is what you find when you read a book such as this. Cara Lange is what seems a totally ordinary child; it is incredible to experience a novel such as this. The reality of this novel will keep readers on the edge of their seat, and reflecting on the story well after the last pages. Slower pace seems to add minimal struggle through the story, but overall it is captivating and an intriguing read. The ending was so unexpected that it blew me away. Having read other books that follow the same kind of storyline it had crossed my mind that it could fall apart this way, but I had wrote it off finally believing that it was not possible. The suspense that Woods offers in Choker is incredible powerful promising for a surprise.
MissysReadsAndReviews More than 1 year ago
I'll get the bad out of the way first. In retrospect, I think that I would have enjoyed this novel a little more if I wouldn't have guessed the plot within the first 75 pages of reading. Sometimes, when I do that, everything that leads up to the "big reveal" seems oh so very obvious. I also felt as though Cara was channeling her inner Bella Swan with her constantly convenient clumsiness. By that I mean she was too clumsy, but only when it seemed convenient in the story for her to be clumsy. With that being said, let's move onto the things that I did like. The cover is absolutely stunning and I am in love with it. And looking past the obviousness for me, there were some very good plot twists and more darkness to the novel than I thought there would be. Zoe was a crazy character and I found myself spooked by her on more than one occasion. Clumsiness aside, I was also very sympathetic of Cara - even up to the bitter end. However, my absolute favorite character by far was Ethan ... and that boy went through entirely too much in this novel! Elizabeth Woods is an amazing writer and I cannot give enough praise for how well-written and detailed this book is. She does an incredible job at fleshing out all of her characters, down to Cara's mom's cat - who I found to be a lot like my own spoiled fat cat. Like I said, I enjoyed this read ... I just guessed the plot too soon and it kind of spoiled it for me. This, however, is no cut toward the author - who's work I will follow because she's such a talented writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read it three times! I was so surprised!! I didnt see it coming! real shoking! The book is amazingly written and i loved it! I still go back and read it and im still surprised
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I honestly found this book very chilling, and the ending left me a little haunted. I hadn't really expected it, but if I read it again, I'm sure there might be some hints suggesting the evidence of what was happening all along. The thing that bothered me the most was the extremely descriptive things that were done to the animals throughout this book. I felt there wasn't really a need to include those disturbing, overly realistic details, but I suppose it did add a bit of a dark element to the plot. It really left me a little upset though, especially cerrtain scenes and details that I'm still haunted about. Overall, I liked the book and felt it left me thinking- and didn't have a neat, happy ending like most of the books today. As revealed throughout this book, the title Choker had more than one meaning to it, and was a very suspenseful story that left you thinking.
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Catie22 More than 1 year ago
Let's talk a bit about how covers can be duplicitous.  Here we have a pretty pink cover, white winter trees, a long stemmed rose and some lovely handwriting.  Sure the title sounds ominous but how dark could this book possibly be?  Take into consideration that the angle of the trees is what someone who is on their back (like, perhaps, someone who's just been murdered in the woods) might be looking at and you get some idea of just how dark this book can get.  This cover is entirely representative of the story.  Choker is a thriller disguised as a contemporary.  Woods somehow managed to fit two different plot lines into just under 240 pages.  There were several times while reading this book that I forgot it was supposed to be a thriller at all.  I just wanted Cara to win the guy of her dreams and actually make some real friends.  That is probably what made this story so unsettling.  Woods manages to catch the reader off guard by luring them into their comfort zone just before delivering her blows. First of all we have Cara, our main character.  She is the quintessential high school outcast.  She doesn't really have any close friends, she's super awkward and she can't seem to relate to anyone.  She's pretty miserable overall.  She's being bullied by the school's resident mean girls, their leader is dating the guy Cara is in love with.  Then her childhood friend, Zoe, appears and starts camping out in Cara's bedroom.  She starts helping Cara build up her self confidence and everything starts getting better.  It's all well and good until the bodies start piling up and Zoe seems pretty comfortable with it.   The "thriller" aspect of the story is an ever-present force that guides the story along without over-shadowing it.  This creates an incredibly tense and upsetting atmosphere throughout the book.  Everything seems more realistic and that's what makes it so frightening.  I saw the ending coming from a mile away but that didn't make it any less disturbing when my fears came to fruition.  This is definitely not the book for you if you like neat, tidy, happy endings.   This one stays with you for awhile and was truly and excellent read.  I'd recommend this if you are looking for something more psychological and dark than a crime thriller.  
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So unpredictable. One of the best books ive evee read. A MUST read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good but the first the first time Zoe appeared in Caras life again, I predicted the ending. I mean, it was kinda obvious. There were just so many signs. The most prominent sign to me were the times when Cara would imagine whatever Zoe would say or do in a particular situation and then try to act it out. It may have seemed to others that Cara was just trying to act as brave as her friend but to me, the way Cara convinced herself that she was sure this was what Zoe would do in this situation, it made me uber-suspicious. Since I guessed everything from the start, when it came down to being revealed that Cara was Coo Coo, I wasnt that shocked at all. There were parts that shocked me however, like when Caras parents recommended that she go see her therapist, when they said that Cara had Zoe as an imaginary friend from since she was young and when they revealed that Cara hadnt been taking her medication. I believe that Cara has Multiple Personality Disorder instead of imaginary friend hallucinations since Cara cant remember the actual crimes she committed and Zoe only appears when times are rough for Cara. There are a few things I wonder about though, Zoes " abuse " and the crime Zoe seemed to have committed back at " home " before " running away ". I wonder what Cara did in place of those events, if she had killed someone somewhere and has suffered any kind of abuse.
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DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
A really intense book that had some predictable parts, but yes still made me gasp in shock. The min characters of Cara and Zoe were once young best friends who got into all sorts of things, but when Cara moved away, her world seemed to stop and she became more of a loner. Even though she is on the track team, she barely has any friends and no matter what she does all she gets is taunts and mean thoughts. When Zoe comes back she's a different girl. She at times is very nice to Cara and other times is very mean and biting. But the secrets that come out in this book are truly surprising and you never expect them. Its a great fast read and awesome if you like suspense.
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SunnyCali More than 1 year ago
I was reading the book thinking I had the mystery down packed and all of a sudden this twist comes out of no where which made me throw my book on the ground yelling "What The Heck!!". My friends was wondering if something was wrong and of course it was! I let one of them read it and she was sucked into the book. Once I saw her finsh it she threw it on the ground as well! The book should be a movie!
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Kristina Fusco More than 1 year ago
This book was actually better than i expected. The cover caught my eye when i was browsing and ince i started reading i was surprised. This book s main character was very easy to make connections to and kind of reminded me of myself. The events that were in the novel were very exciting and made me as a reader think about them. The ending was the best part with a surprising and unexpected twist which made it the highlight of the whole book. This is a must read!
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