Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Review: Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell

Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe  
by Shelley Coriell
Published: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Amulet Books
Available: Amazon


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.


There were so many things I loved about this book! First is the cover. It's so fun and bright, and it's kind of obvious that Chloe is going to be one of those outgoing, fun characters. And she is. I might not get her obsession with vintage shoes, but she's believable. She's a bit oblivious to the effect her vivacious and gregarious personality has on the people around her, yet she is caring and ultimately just wants to help her friends and family.

Duncan is a great contrast to Chloe, not completely opposite her, but different enough that it's obvious why they are attracted to each other. Duncan is a bit mysterious, although he's not the rude, or standoffish guy that seems to be common in YA today. When his home life is revealed, his actions become even more understandable, but the best thing is that it also makes it apparent why he would attracted to the bubbly Chloe who always looks on the bright side of life.

It was a quick and easy read. On the surface it seems like a simple read, but it did have a depth to it that had me in tears with how alone and powerless Chloe was at points. I can't wait to read more from Coriell.

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