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

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Welcome Caller, This is Chloe
by Shelley Coriell

Publication: May 1st, 2012
Pages: 299
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Publisher:  Amulet Books
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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 adore Chloe's bright, outgoing personality and how she wears her heart on her sleeve. When she decides to do something, she goes at it with her all, and she's passionate about what she loves--like stylish shoes that have survived a century and economics. Her one-track mind does get her in trouble. The night her best friends needed her, Chloe loses herself in a party and forgets to join up with her friends. I was disappointed to find out that Chloe acted like this and really did feel like she deserved to be outcast for this (however, her best friend Brie did act in the wrong when she spread lies to turn the school against Chloe). However, this still isn't the main reason her friends' turn on her, and their reasons are very petty in comparison.

Having stood so long in the spotlight, Chloe isn't eager to join the school's dying radio station. However, after being alienated from the rest of the school, Chloe ends up putting her all into publicizing the station. It is during this time that we're introduced to Chloe's love of economics and that Chloe begins to change for the better. It takes time, but she realizes her mistakes in the past and works to make a better future for herself and those that she cares about.

It does seem that the book tackles too many problems in too few pages. The plotlines feel incomplete. While I understand the gist of what's going on, I never got to know the full story behind each conflict. Overall, Chloe's bright personality is one that readers will enjoy getting to know. If you're looking for a fun, short contemporary read, this is one that you might like to check out.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher. No payment was received in return for a review. The receipt of the book had no influence on the opinions expressed in my review.
2 comments on "Review: Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell"
  1. i've been itching for this one..awesome review it seems so interesting


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