Thursday, December 13, 2012
Review: Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe
By: Shelley Coriell
Release Date: May 1, 2012
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.
This was a really sweet read. It showed you how many different people deal with different situations in their lives. While one person might find the laughter even in tough situations others might close themselves off completely. But then sometimes that laughter can be contagious.
We meet Chloe as she is being shunned by her two besties for reasons unknown to her, then to top it off her JISP was refused and now she has to find a new topic, and let’s not mention world war iii that is happening between her grandmother and her mother, but through all of this Chloe still tries to find laughter in her life. She puts on a smile and marches forward, she’s the type of person who wears her emotions right there on her sleeve for everyone to see. She hears whisperings about her, but doesn’t know why.
As she retreats to her new JISP project which is to do business models and help KRDS the Edge, the school radio station stay afloat for a while longer. Here, in the most unexpected of places she forms new friendships with people she wouldn’t otherwise converse with. She also starts to fall for the quiet broad shouldered Duncan who has plenty of baggage he carries around with him. But Chloe being the outgoing person she is, she starts to intertwine herself with this reclusive kids and she brings them out of their shell just a little bit and all the while making some new great friends.
Things escalate and deescalate at home with Grams and her mom, but nothing that Chloe can’t handle. Things also move forward with Duncan, she learns about his baggage and helps him through it, all the while trying to save the radio station for its inevitable demise because of funding.
Overall this was a really great book, think sunshiny with a purpose. It really goes to show you every little bit helps and you will find a new family in the most unexpected places if you give it a chance. The main character is very likeable, it’s try who doesn’t like Chloe and if they don’t it’s because they are obviously hating on themselves. The Radio Station staff is also very likeable and you want to learn more about their individual stories as well. The setting is very general and relatable to any high school student. The cover, super cute and I can completely picture her and all her fancy vintage shoes; oh the shoes discussed in this book are quite fabulous!