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?
I just finished reading this book as I am typing this review and I am still surprised. Not "happy birthday!" surprised. But "Oh My God." surprised. I have never read a book like Choker before. Ever. It was actually the first book that scared me. I have never thought so much in my life.
Cara was a good character. Not necessarily someone you'd want to emulate, but the perfect girl for this book. She was lonely and so vulnerable. Honestly I don't really understand Choker at the moment. Was she or wasn't she? Did she or didn't she? I know this review is a huge bucket of ramblings, but just know that you need to read this book to truly understand. Also watch out for more by Elizabeth Woods, the woman is an artist.