Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe
by Shelley Coriell
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Available as of May 1, 2012
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Big-hearted Chloe Camden is the queen of her universe until her best friend shreds her reputation and her school counselor axes her junior independent study project. Chloe is forced to take on a meaningful project in order to pass, and so she joins her school’s struggling radio station, where the other students don’t find her too queenly. Ostracized by her former BFs and struggling with her beloved Grams’s mental deterioration, lonely Chloe ends up hosting a call-in show that gets the station much-needed publicity and, in the end, trouble. She also befriends radio techie and loner Duncan Moore, a quiet soul with a romantic heart. On and off the air, Chloe faces her loneliness and helps others find the fun and joy in everyday life. Readers will fall in love with Chloe as she falls in love with the radio station and the misfits who call it home.
I was really excited to read Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe when it finally arrived in the mail. It was an adorable read that held one very important life lesson. Shelley Coriell's debut was wonderful!
Chloe is one of the most popular girls in school. Great shoes, amazing friends, and the perfect family...or she was. Little does she know that she is about to be dethroned and forced to do something that doesn't, in the least bit, sound appealing.
I loved Chloe! She was funny and always made the best of a situation. She was real, had problems and flaws, but does what she can to get by. When I started reading I wasn't immediately sucked in. It took me a few chapters to become hooked by the story line. The farther I got in the novel, the better it became. I prefer books that can suck me in by the end of the first chapter, but Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe, was a slow burn that became a scorcher. I loved that over time she learned what I believe is the most is the most important lesson of all.
Overall, I thought the story line was awesome. It was unique and got me more interested in the "behind-the-scenes" of radio. If you're looking for a cute and quirky read, Welcome, Caller, This Is Chole is definitely for you.