Welcome Caller, This is Chloe
By Shelley Coriell
Available 1 May 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 Blonde’s Review:
Chloe’s life has always been easy or her, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. She has a great family who loves her and that she adores. She has best friends who have always been there for her and accept her outrageous antics.
When she sees her best friends after vacation she is shocked to discover they’re angry with her. She is even more surprised when she finds out that one of her friends started to spread rumors about her. Chloe isn’t sure what’s going on or why she’s being treated that way, but she tries to make the best of it.
When Chloe finds out her junior independent study program (jisp) is not acceptable to her guidance counselor and must find another, she is stumped. One thing leads to another and she finds herself stuck working for the school radio station that she didn’t know existed. She meets several new people who don’t seem impressed with her friendly personality. Including an interesting boy named Duncan.
As Chloe gets to know the other students at the radio station she has her eyes opened to things about herself she had never seen before. She learns why some people would resent her and why others love her. And she learns that sometimes the best thing is to find yourself alone and learn who the best friends you can have are.
I thought this was an adorable story. Chloe and Duncan have family issues that can be heavy but the author manages to keep the story about Chloe and her friends instead of about their family members. I enjoyed Chloe and love the picture on the cover of this one. I can relate to being the kind of girl who thinks the way she’s treated has to do with her instead of it being about someone else. I can’t relate to not seeing her friends’ problems or being willing to dress up in costumes for promotions. Chloe is easily the kind of girl you’ll love or hate because of how she makes it all seem easy.
It’s great that this one is coming out in time for summer, since this would make a great summer read. It’s one that won’t take you too deep into the problems but will still keep you entertained and caring about how it’s all going to work out. If this one sounds good to you and a light read sounds fun then pick this up when it comes out in May!