My Life In A Book – Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless

To start off, I’m going to point out the obvious. The title for this post is a little deceiving (#Clickbait). How can my life be emulated through a book?

Really?!

  1. Yes. The main character is called Chloe which is of course my name.
  2. Yes. She is socially awkward, which i’ve been known to be.
  3. Yes. Chloe makes lists about everything which i’m doing now.
  4. And yes. The book is called ‘Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless’ which is how I feel half the time.

These are just coincidences. Me and book Chloe are not one and the same, so let’s just Toosie Slide and continue on before I overthink this.


Pre Review backstory...

As you may be aware, I recently came back to this blog with a full relaunch (you can read the post here), but this wasn’t the only part of my life I had to leave for a while. I did the same with reading. The last book I picked up being this very one I am sharing my thoughts on now. A real circle of events.

I remember starting it, reading the first chapter or so and then placing it back on the top shelf of my bookcase, not to be touched again, that is until recently. In a way it’s a bit like how Joey places his books in the freezer in Friends, although not for the same reason.

There was no fiery hatred felt against the book. I didn’t give it enough of a chance for that to be the case. I was in a place where reading just about anything apart from what I had to read for work was proving difficult.

However since the introduction of lockdown, I felt an urge to pick up that book once again and finally get through it, just as I intend to do with other books I have left staring at me on those shelves.

Consider it my lockdown mission. Makes it sound slightly cooler.


Let me set the scene...

It’s Christmas Eve (I was reading this at Easter) and Chloe, our diabetic and list loving main character is working the Christmas rush shift at a supermarket chain called GoodFoods along with colleagues, Gabe, Sammi, Micah, Zaina as well as her very obvious crush, Tyson.

When funds are believed to be stolen from the GoodFoods charity box, guess who’s to blame? The 6 of them!

The younglings, as they are referred to throughout the book, are held after work hour, where events unfold in what can only be described as a Breakfast Club 2.0 scenario.


My thoughts…

I think the best way to describe Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless , is to say it is a quirky bit of fun which moonlights as a lighthearted mystery.

The first half of the book consists mainly of character introductions, Christmas references which are always important, as well as finding out about the interactions had between one another.

Please don’t go into this expecting to jump right into a drama filled story. It’s not going to happen. Think of it like a rollercoaster. It’s a steady ride to the top and then…BAM. You’re hurtling down, down, down!

Anyway, returning to my point about the Breakfast Club. Just like that movie, each of the younglings are given traits which clearly in any case would clash, but forced time together must do something to a person. In an evening, differences are put aside and only understanding and friendship is left in its wake. Oh you do love to see it. It’s a beautiful moment.

For my first book back into reading, I can’t deny I enjoyed it.

A slow start. Yes. But once you get into it, it doesn’t matter. The overall plot line, the humorous banter shared and the interesting character developments throughout, and all within under 300 pages, makes for an interesting read.

I may be a little clueless. Maybe not about this.


Have you read this book? Are you reading anything right now? I’d love some recommendations!

Oh and before I go I must tell you about this. 4 years ago me and a blogging friend of mine, Ana Regina did an interview over on my blog. 4 years later I’m doing the same on hers. Check it out here.

Let the virtual insanity continue,

Chloe Lauren

There Is A Light In The Darkness! 

Book Review


Synopsis:

MacKenzie Rivers seems like she has it all figured out. She has great friends, she’s doing well in school and her handsome ex-boyfriend is desperate to win her back. But something is missing from her life in Windsor, Colorado. And as much as she hates to admit it, that something might be Jaden Hunter. Tall, blond and athletic, a year ago Kenzie was falling fast for him and his crooked smile.

Twelve months later, everything has changed. A tragic accident has destroyed Jaden’s family and, despite the way she feels, Kenzie has no idea how to talk to him anymore. She is all too familiar with the impact family tragedy can have on the people she loves, and she can’t bear to go through it again with Jaden. She does the only thing she knows how to do: walk away.

When the pair meet again by chance one night, Kenzie realizes that she can’t ignore her feelings for him any longer. But as she is drawn back into Jaden’s life, she finds herself caught between her increasingly volatile best friend, her interfering ex-boyfriend and her own fears about opening up to Jaden.

Will Kenzie dare to fall for the one person she’s so afraid of growing close to?

(Source: Black and White Publishing website)

Review:

Initial Thoughts

Dare To Fall concentrates not only on a blossoming romantic relationship, but also that between close friends, as well as the dynamic between family members.

Sometimes a character is willing to be with or stick up for the guy/girl they are falling for, in this case Jaden Hunter, over that of their closest friends and family. However, there is one specific scene, where you see that Mackenzie knows where her priorities must lie, and it isn’t what you would think. I truly thought it was one of the best parts in the entire book, and showed her to be such a caring and thoughtful character. Up until that moment I wasn’t fully sure where I stood in terms of what I thought about her, but after that, my mind was instantly changed.

I just think there is something quite special and interesting to me as the reader, when it came to the exploration of those relationships in particular, as they really helped to build on my understanding of our main character, whilst at the same time giving me more of a backstage pass if you will (rock on) to the world that surrounds her.

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The Drama 

THE DRAMA! Oh who doesn’t love a bit of fictional drama to make a moment more wonderfully interesting?

There was no over exaggeration, which made each of these moments work that much better, but some were a tad too cliche and others easily predictable, but I will let that slide because that is something you can’t always avoid.

There was one character specifically, who whenever they were mentioned, you knew there was going to be something worth reading on for. And that would be HOLDEN. I’m not sure why exactly, but I absolutely LOVED HIM! I’m pretty sure whoever reads this book, they will either seriously love him like I did, or just feel the exact opposite. I don’t think there will be an in between, mainly because he is like a closed, but very angry book that will sulk at even the smallest thing. I just saw him as being completely misunderstood and for some reason I shipped him with Mackenzie. I don’t even know why?

So sorry Jaden! Oh well!

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The Romance

Ok! Onto one of the main parts of this book. The romantic side of things. Ooh La La!

From the synopsis you know that Mackenzie and Jaden used to be together… well sort of, but after a year of avoidance the two reunite and reignite the flame that was once there.

I was half expecting it to be fairly rushed, but I didn’t find that to be the case, not fully anyway. It seemed to be a well set pace, and the relationship was allowed to grow naturally the way it should. There were some moments that I felt were a little bit repetitive between the two of them, but nothing too bad.

Jaden seemed a little too good to be true at times and I really tried to find some sort of fault. Thankfully towards the end I got what I was hoping for. Cha-ching. That sounds bad, but nobody is perfect, not even the very lovely Jaden Hunter.

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Important Issues

The best thing about this book is how well it deals with certain issues presented to us. The main one of these ideas being about death and grievances. This is a HUGE underlying factor throughout the entire book and is something which unites several of the characters in different ways.

This is something everyone will have to deal with at some point, maybe not in the same way as the characters in this book, but it really shows you how it can effect the different people involved and that people will deal with the grief in their own way and time.

This is something that isn’t talked about that much, in well, anything I have seen, although really it should. It is a difficult topic to discuss anywhere, let alone in a book, but Estelle manages to do it in the best way possible and really highlights the fact that it doesn’t have to get you down forever and yes, it may be hard to begin with, but things get better.

Now I love positivity, and spreading positive messages, so obviously I had to finish on that note.

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IT DOES GET BETTER! 


*This book was accepted to me by the publisher in return for an honest review

Thank you Black and White Publishing!

Stay Awesome!

Chloe Lauren x

Find What Is Lost!

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Title: Paper Town

Author: John Green

Publisher: Bloomsbury


Quentin has always loved Margo Roth Spiegelman, for Margo (and her adventures) are the stuff of legend at their high school. So when she one day climbs through his window and summons him on an all-night road trip of revenge he cannot help but follow.

But the next day Margo doesn’t come to school and a week later she is still missing. Q soon learns that there are clues in her disappearance . . . and they are for him. But as he gets deeper into the mystery – culminating in another awesome road trip across America – he becomes less sure of who and what he is looking for.


Paper Towns is the second book by John Green that I had the pleasure to read and although many people will probably say that The Fault In Our Stars is the best of John Green’s books, I believe it to be Paper Towns. It hooks you in within the first few pages, and holds onto you right until the end, whilst managing to prove just how much of a literary genius Green is. For those who don’t know, that is a lot. He is setting the bar high!

Ok, when I first went into this I just assumed it was going to be another sappy little love story where someone feels brokenhearted, but continues to yearn for the other. Although, it has elements of this, that isn’t all Paper Towns is. No! Not at all! This story is more about searching for something more and finding a truth you were missing, as well as the idea of being lost symbolizing how we all feel at some point and just knowing how to deal with it. Deep, right?

There were the elements of adventure and mystery which were interwoven amazingly within the plot and made this love story so different. There is just a sense of excitement that you don’t get in many other books of this caliber or genre.

Quentin is by far one of the most kindhearted characters I have come across, and starts off  as very vulnerable, but as the book quickly progresses through, you see him become much stronger in himself and way more attuned to the different situations he and the other characters are facing. It is definitely a wonderful character development.

Margo on the other hand, was a character I couldn’t fully identify with in the book, but ended up liking more in the movie. With the book, She seemed a little bit too much like two dimensional character to me, not developed quite enough, with too many flaws to her persona, and that really seemed to aggravate me at times as I saw it as a hindrance to the over all story line as well as to Quentin as a character. I am quite torn really.

Overall though, it is a great read, with some amazing moments which make it quite the journey of self discovery, and an awesome coming of age story.  I just really need John Green to write more books! ASAP! Please.

Chloe Lauren x

In Your Face, Fear!

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Author: Susan Jeffers

Dynamic and inspirational, FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY is filled with concrete techniques to turn passivity into assertiveness. Dr. Susan Jeffers, teaches you how to stop negative thinking patterns and reeducate your mind to think more positively. You will learn: the vital 10-Step Positive Thinking Process; how to risk a little every day; how to turn every decision into a “No-Lose” situation, and much more.


Hey! Have you ever felt completely frightened to do something important, and to put yourself out there, even though you knew deep down that it could lead to much greater things for you?

Yeah, me too! Quite often actually.

Fear is something that holds practically everyone back at some point in their life. No one is exempt from it. Not even those who you think are the most confident people in the world, because even they have felt nervous about something.

All you have to do, is figure out how to handle that fear, and use it to your own advantage, as opposed to letting it beat you.

Thankfully, there is a way to do so. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway is a guide that was first released in 1997, but has now been redone, refined, and re released as one of the books for this years QuickReads selection.

It involves an easy to follow, up to date guide, which allows for us to be equipped for situations that we would have probably avoided beforehand. For me, that was applying for Apprenticeships, which since reading this book, I have done so, and even absolutely aced the phone interview.

In your face, fear!

Also, to gain more insight, the author talks about her own previous experiences, as well as sharing stories of others she has known, including that of her own students. It’s even possible you may find a story that resonates with you on a personal level. Who knows?

I do have to say this though, my mom was right. She used to pester me to read this book, and now that I have, I know it to be one of the greatest and most important books I have ever read, although only 110 pages long. It really makes you feel as though you can beat whatever fears and worries are currently in your way and staring you down.

Seriously, anybody who needs to figure out how to reach that next step in life (and maybe wants to say IN YOUR FACE, FEAR), read this book. Your entire perspective on fear might just change.

Chloe Lauren x