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Choker

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  2,542 ratings  ·  671 reviews
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 hu...more
Hardcover, 233 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Jude
WOW. Just Wow. I’m in SHOCK. I have GOOSEBUMPS. There are SHIVERS traveling down my spine. This was just plain CREEPY. And HOLLY starts with S and ends it HIT!!! O.O

This is the best creepiest, mysterious and creepy – yes I said creepy twice – Book I’ve ever read in my LIFE! – it’s the first book I read in its genre… who cares! – Now I’ll stop gushing and begin my review.

When I read the summary of Choker I thought I already knew how things were going to end up. Once I actually started reading, I...more
Ariel
Jun 08, 2012 Ariel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
OMG OMG OH MY GOD, YOU GUYS.
YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW.
YOU DON'T EVEN UNDERSTAND.
THIS BOOK WAS SO INSANE I CANT COMPOSE MYSELF.
IT WAS GREAT.
Morgan F
The basic set-up of this book is terribly cliched, and kind of misleading. It's about Cara, a lonely teenager, who, when not completely invisible, is ruthlessly picked on by Alexis, the Queen Bitch of the school. She also has a crush on Ethan Grey, the most popular guy in school, who also so happens to be Alexis's boyfriend. After a particularly humiliating incident in the school cafeteria which earned her the moniker "Choker", Cara goes home to discover her childhood best friend, Zoe, had ran a...more
Jasprit
I went into this book with no particular assumptions, I’d read a few great reviews here and there, so didn’t really have my expectations set too high, but after finishing Choker, my feelings were kind of conflicted. Choker tells the story of Cara; a girl whose pretty much been ignored at school until the incident where she chokes on a carrot in the school cafeteria and Ethan the guy she’s likes helps her to lodge it from her throat, Alexis, Ethan’s on-off girlfriend thinks Cara’s choked on purpo...more
Novel Novice
Don’t let the pretty pink color and swirly font and silhouetted flowers on the cover of Choker by Elizabeth Woods fool you. It may look like a sweet, girly book. But lurking beneath that lovely cover lies a twisted thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat right up to the very last page.

What Woods excels at best in Choker is building the dramatic tension. There’s almost a thread or a pulse of tension that is drawn throughout the entire novel, building quietly but surely. On the surfac...more
Raeleen Lemay
Freaking what.
Honestly, that was just such an insane read, even though I suspected how it would end about 30 pages in, when I thought to myself (view spoiler) But still, I found this book creepy, mysterious, and haunting.
I found myself gasping at certain parts, my heart beating fast. I honestly felt like I was watching a horror movie at one part, I was a bit nervous!
I'm so glad I picked up this book a...more
Kristi
Not exactly sure what I expected after reading the synopsis.... but I didn't expect what I got.

If I had to use one word to describe Choker it would be creepy. The kind creepy where you have goosebumps all over because you feel like someone or something is watching you. Yeah, Choker was like that.

My favorite thing about this novel was the plot. It was simple, yet intense with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. Despite the mere size of the novel with it's two-hundred some pag...more
April
I am on the fence as far as my opinion of Choker by Elizabeth Woods goes. Choker is one of those books that you pick up, finish in about 2 hours, and then think to yourself, what the heck just happened here.

We open with a prologue of main character Cara playing with her best friend Zoe. We see Zoe as kind of a loose cannon who dares Cara to take some depression/’zombie’ pills that Zoe’s mother has. Then we flash forward to the future. Cara is living in a new neighborhood. She’s having social tro...more
Amy
I'm not going to lie, this book kind of scared me a little!

Although the plot was quite predictable,(I had already guessed what was going to happen come the end) it was still an enjoyable read and the fact that I had guessed what was going to happen almost made me anxious for the ending. The build up to the big twist at the end was incredible and the detail in such a short novel was expertly refined to give the reader the perfect amount of information.

If you haven't read this novel I strongly rec...more
Megan
Let me start out by saying that I had no idea what to expect from this book, and I was seriously surprised with what I got...in a good way! This book starts out as any other YA book, painting a picture perfect scene of your typical high school. Enter Cara, a normal teenager who tends to have trouble being herself around her classmates and tends to get teased by the most popular girls at school. Cara moved away from her best friend, Zoe, in elementary school and still can`t seem to deal with it.....more
Sesana
The cover is pretty, but a little misleading. It looks like your average, run-of-the-mill YA PNR. There is some romance in this book, but it's limited. It's important to Cara, of course, but it isn't the most important thing, and it doesn't occupy her thoughts to the exclusion of all else. Especially later on in the book, as Zoe's behavior becomes more and more unpredictable, and stranger things happen around her.

I'll be honest and say that I saw the ending coming from very early on in the book....more
Thalia
Feb 17, 2012 Thalia rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nobody.
Shelves: e-ufh, luhdasbunyno
Read the review on my blog:
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Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
The first chapter sets up the high school world as I remember it perfectly. Nearly hellish. My heart went out to Cara as she is a loner, and there are bullies who thrive on her pain. It is sad to read about her absent parents and even though it is a trend in YA, it is also a reality. I hate seeing the resigned acceptance, it is almost worse than the acting out for attention.
The tagline had me questioning everything that happened, just wanting to figure out what is going on. I am horrible at my...more
Lauren
It's not everyday that a book leaves me with a complete "WOW" feeling at the end, though I have to admit I knew from the first chapter Elizabeth Wood's Choker was going to be as far from ordinary as a book can get. A very, very good thing I must admit.

Choker tells the story of Cara, a girl who has felt lost since her best friend Zoe moved away in elementary school. Cara's miserable in all ways possible- the popular girls at her high school torment her everyday, she barley has any close friends,...more
Sara Grochowski
Whoa. CHOKER is a mere 233 pages, but each and every page contributes to a conclusion that left me completely speechless.

Elizabeth Woods makes her debut with CHOKER which, at first, seems like a fairly routine story about a girl reunited with her evil, homocidal best friend. Much to my surprise, there is waaaay more going on than I ever would have guessed... Unfortunately, it's impossible to give details without spoiling the novel, so I suppose that means that you'll just have to read it for you...more
♥Beauty With a Brain♥
You can also find this review on: http://cr4teens.blogspot.com/2013/01/...

There is no way I can write this review without having some spoilers. So you have been warned. Read further at your own risk.

Cara is a girl nobody has paid much attention to since she moved to this new town full of fresh starts and new opportunities. But she doesn’t see this in that optimistic fashion, and therefore does not seem to make a huge effort to make any new friends. She is pretty much invisible until she gets dis...more
Jessica
Where do I begin... This book was very, very disappointing..
I guessed what was happening a couple of chapters in (but I just hoped that I was wrong).
The plot was very predictable.. I don't like books like this at all. I had no idea that this would be so creepy and messed up.

I guess some people might have felt for the main character a bit, but I unfortunately didn't. She didn't have any friends at school, but did you ever see her really try? She was only concerned with trying to get Ethan to l...more
Danny
Ha! This was a great book with such an unexpected ending that will leave you speechless - I promise!
Cara is an awkward, shy and insecure girl that never had many friends. She had to leave her only and best friend Zoe behind when she and her parents were moving into a new town.

Also here, Cara never really finds friends and the popular girls are always bitching her and never take her serious enough. She's pretty much alone, although she just would love to fit in! She got the mean nickname Choker...more
Anna
I bought this simply because the cover was beautiful and, well, this is one of those DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER lessons for me because this sucked. It's definitely not worth the $16.99 I spent on this hardcover. The idea is decent but the execution is poor. Cara isn't likable -- and neither is anyone else that's in the book. The story itself needed work. This read like a draft, not a final published book. It needed to be fleshed out and expanded. In its current state, I really can't in good...more
Elaine
I was all set out to give this a one star rating because pretty much every character was annoying or vile. But the ending caught me off guard and basically gave me a serious case of foot-in-mouth for my status update, hah. So yes, kudos to that.

The fault in this book for me was that the storyline/mystery wasn't compelling, I disliked all characters and the twist came way too late. It's hard to be invested in a story when you have all of that and this ended up a pretty mediocre read.
Crystal
Trying to write a review for this book is difficult. Not because it's bad, no it's absolutely wonderful, but I don't want to give anything away. Choker is an amazing debut novel from writer Elizabeth Woods. It takes you the reader to the heart of bullying. What it is like to be the one that is bullied. It doesn't matter that you have money or live next door to one of the most popular girls at school or even if your parents are friends with all the popular people's parents, you can still be the o...more
Jenni Arndt
You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads.

Choker was a steal of a deal that I picked up at Chapters in hardcover for $4.99. I will admit, the price was right and the cover was pretty so I didn't even read anything about it. Right before I started reading this I perused the reviews on Goodreads (which I NEVER do but decided to for some strange reason this time) and I read a spoiler. A big huge, slap in the face spoiler that basically gave away the entire book to me. I liked the idea of the...more
Sarah (saz101)
I’ve always thought the tell of a good horror or thriller is not how many cheap screams or shocks it gives you while you’re in the moment, but how it haunts you afterwards. Elizabeth Wood’s Choker is nothing if not deeply unsettling, and it’s the sense of disquiet that lingers long after its conclusion that speaks of Wood’s talent for bringing on the creepy… and boy is she talented.

The Story
After Cara nearly chokes on a chunk of carrot in front of the entire student body, her high school nightma...more
Emily
Wow. Just...wow. I could have rated this book anything. The plot is intense enough on its own, but has several subplots, and an ending that completely shocked me. And I do mean COMPLETELY. As in, you should read the book again with that perspective and look back on everything that seems obvious now that you missed the first time.
Cara and Zoe are best friends. Zoe runs away from her home, and Cara is delighted to see her after so many years. Zoe decides she's going to hide out in Cara's room (yes...more
Kelsey
Going into Choker I was beyond excited to read it although I hadn’t heard too many things about it. Luckily it didn’t disappoint in the creepiness factor, but the fact that I figured out the twist towards the middle of the story ruined it for me.

Cara and Zoe were two of the most unique and complex characters I’ve ever read about. Cara was weak and followed Zoe relentlessly. At times I wanted to shake Cara and tell her that Zoe’s ideas and thoughts were dangerous and that she needed to think for...more
Lexy
4.5/5

Wow. This book blew my mind. At first this book seems very realistic and then it starts to get a little darker and then cute and then the ending just punches you in the gut. Recently I've been in this mood where I don't want to read at all, but with this book I couldn't put it down! Not only is the plot simple and easy to follow, it's very fast and it doesn't have those scenes that shouldn't be there.

The characters were pretty good. I liked Cara, but at the same time there were little thing...more
Kylie Purdie
Often when I read a book, before I review it, I pop on over to Goodreads and read a few reviews first. I do this for a couple of reasons. I often find it hard to put into words what I feel about a book that reading other reviews gives me a start point. Sometimes it makes me reflect on a book differently, making me think about things I had thought of before. I also find it comforting (not quite the right word, but as close as I can get) when I find reviews that express similar feelings to myself...more
J.Elle
Zoe and Cara were best friends, but then Zoe moved away. Cara is lost without Zoe and has trouble navigating the pitfalls of high school without her, especially after an unfortunate choking incident in the lunchroom garners her the cruel nickname, “choker”. When Zoe shows up unexpectedly in Cara’s bedroom needing a hiding place, Cara is delighted and doesn’t question her. Zoe helps Cara make over her image, but the better Cara starts doing, the more resentful Zoe seems. Cara starts wondering why...more
Meghan
Wow. Where to start? I picked this up thinking that it would be a light, engaging read but I was so, so wrong. This is probably by far the creepiest book I’ve read in a really long time. Unexpected twists and turns made this a pretty solid read. Zoe scared the bejesus out of me. My God. Some of the things Zoe did were terrifying and disgusting, and their friendship was almost disturbing. Cara was weak and accomodating, and actually really irritated me, but as nother reviewer suggests, had she b...more
Celine
Choker has been on my to be read list since it came out in 2011. During that time, the book kicked up some dust with its rather disturbing story seemingly at odds with the cute pink cover. The reviews were all rather mysterious, trying very hard not to spoil anything important.

Cara is not the popular kid in school. She does track, but it's almost as if she's invisible to the other kids in school. She is always on the side, and is often the butt of jokes. One day she chokes on a piece of carrot,...more
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Choker is Elizabeth Woods' debut novel. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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“The Ethan of her dreams had disappeared. He was just another person who was sad. She was kind of glad, actually. Dreams disappeared when you woke up. The real thing was better anyway.” 16 likes
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