Welcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell
- ISBN-13: 9781419701917
- Publisher: Amulet Books
- Publication date: 5/1/2012
- Pages: 320
- Source: Netgally
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 choose to read Welcome Caller, This is Chloe because the blurb sounded so interesting unlike anything I have seen in the the recent history. And it sure lived up to being different. Chloe is a very interesting person who is faced with her group of friends suddenly abandon her in a mess of rumors. Not only that she is fact with her grandmother’s declining health and her new high school counselor tell her that her independent study project is no longer good and she must find something and quickly because it is almost due. This makes for a pretty whiny teenager. Chloe gets assigned to help the Radio Station on Campus. She is none to happy about the situation. But as she gets into it the Radio is not so bad and she beings to make new friends. There is still a lot to deal with but it become more eye opening for Chloe by the day.
The biggest challenge I had with this story was the slang. While I was able to catch on to most of it some was just beyond me. It made for frustrating reading at some points during the story. Other than this, the writing of the story is strong and the character and story development happen naturally and seamlessly. I liked the premise and the growth that Chloe goes though such a transformation throughout the story. It is not only in personal growth but realizing that the world is a lot bigger than herself. She realized that the people around her were going through issues just as big or bigger than her own. What those issues are I am going to leave for you to check out in the story. I also enjoyed the bit of teen love that comes into play.
4 Penguins 🙂
A solid story with great lesson