Cammie Bliss has a problem. She really just wants to know what’s going on with other people, but sometimes she takes it too far. She just can’t help it. Maybe that’s why everyone at her high school thinks she’s a stalker. Cammie’s not proud of the label, but she doesn’t know what she can do to change people’s minds about her. But when cute new guy Toby moves into town, Cammie realizes that this is her chance. Toby doesn’t know anything about her or her history, and if she doesn’t mess up, he never will. Cammie can be normal for once, at least in one person’s eyes. But old habits die hard, and before she knows it, Cammie is back to her old ways. As the situation at home worsens and her social life plummets even farther, Cammie will have to figure out why she tends to act like a stalker and how to stop before her life completely falls apart.
The Stalker Chronicles is a hilarious yet thoughtful account of one girl’s more unusual high school struggles. What I loved about Cammie’s character was that she knew she had problems and was determined to work them out, even if she didn’t know how. At the same time, though, her issues were definitely not as big as she made them out to be. Cammie really isn’t your classic stalker. Yes, she does follow classmates and goes through someone’s trash in this book, but she does these things because she’s curious and, at the time of those actions, doesn’t realize that what she’s doing isn’t really acceptable. Cammie’s real problem is when it comes to filtering; her inability to determine what’s okay to say or do in social situations is really what gets her into trouble. I would have liked for Moore to be a little more specific as to whether Cammie’s “stalker” problem was just social ineptness or an actual psychological compulsion, and I think it would have made the story stronger. Otherwise, there isn’t that much point to the central focus on stalking. Aside from that, The Stalker Chronicles is a very solid debut, and I look forward to seeing more from Moore (no pun intended!) in the future.
The Stalker Chronicles will be enjoyed by fans of My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody and Paisley Hanover Kisses and Tells by Cameron Tuttle.
Review copy from publisher Macmillan