Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell

* * * ½

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. (Description taken from GoodReads)

Bel asked if I wanted to Welcome Back Caller, This is Chloe. She had requested it for us from NetGalley but wasn’t able to read it right away. This wasn’t one that I would normally look at but it sounded fun so I gave it a go. And I am glad that I did. What I found was a fun light read that was entertaining and uplifting.

After winter break, Chloe Camden returns to school to find herself the subject of hushed whispers and dirty looks. She has no idea why. Neither of her best friends will talk to her to tell her what is going on. On top of that, her new counselor has decided her Junior Independent Study Project, Villainous Vixens: The Not-so-Squeaky-Clean Women of Daytime Soap Operas, does not meet the necessary criteria and she must choose a new one. When Chloe waits until the last minute to choose a new topic, her counselor chooses one for her - Chloe will be handling promotions for the floundering school radio station. On top of all this, add some issues at home and the second half of her junior year isn’t looking so hot.

Good or bad, Chloe refuses to allow things outside her control ruin her life. And this is why I really enjoyed this book. In a lot of stories like this, our heroine would slip into a depression and would need the help of either a boy or a new BFF to pull her out of it. Not Chloe. Sure she is seriously hurt by what is going on in her life but instead of getting down, she keeps moving on. Her happy and super positive attitude keeps her head above water and in turn earns her a whole new group of friends that she may have never met otherwise. 

I definitely recommend this book if you are looking for quick, light read.


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