Choker by Elizabeth Woods

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What are best friends for? Murder, maybe.

Zoe and Cara were as close as friends could be—until Zoe moved away in fourth grade. Miserable without Zoe, Cara grew into an unhappy sixteen-year-old, tormented by the popular girls and nursing a hopeless crush. Then one day Cara returns home from a miserable day at school to find Zoe sitting on her bed. Shocked and delighted, Cara agrees to hide Zoe from troubles at home and the two resume their friendship as though no time has passed. Zoe even helps Cara get up the courage to stand up for herself and talk to her crush. But when one of the popular girls winds up dead, Cara begins to suspect that Zoe is responsible, and her questions only feed Zoe’s anger. As Cara searches for answers, she is forced to confront a deadly truth…. 

About Elizabeth Woods

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Choker is Elizabeth Woods' debut novel. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Published January 4, 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 240 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels. Fiction

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Über-victim Cara Lange feels invisible.

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After popular girls Alexis and Sydney begin to taunt her with the nickname "Choker" following an incident in the cafeteria, Cara is at her breaking point when her childhood friend Zoe shows up out of nowhere, saying she ran away from her abusive stepfather and begging to hide in Cara's room.

Nov 22 2010 | Read Full Review of Choker

The Bookbag

At the same time as Cara rises through the social ranks, though, bad things start happening to the bullies - and Cara is left wondering just what Zoe gets up to when Cara's at school, and whether she knows her friend at all.

Sep 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Choker

Teen Reads

Cara is thrilled to have her best friend back, and with Zoe's encouragement and support, she starts gaining some confidence, enough so to even hold a conversation with the handsome Ethan.However, Alexis and her friends experience some tragic accidents, and then Zoe starts acting a bit strangely.

Oct 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Choker

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Zoe dares Cara to take her mom’s “zombie pills,” teens drink vodka at a party that ends with one girl dead;

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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.

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