WELCOME CALLER, THIS IS CHLOE
May 1, 2012
Contemporary Young Adult
Rating: 5 STARS
Vibrant, outgoing Chloe Camden looks as if she has it all—that is until her best friend shreds her reputation and her fabulous independent study project is nixed. Forced to come up with a new project stat, or risk failing her junior year, Chloe finds herself joining the high school’s struggling radio station. But even in the land of misfits, Chloe is still an outcast. Dealing with her pariah status and her Gram’s dwindling mental deterioration, Chloe takes solace in hosting a call-in radio show. But when the show brings more trouble, Chloe realizes just how much the station means to her.
WELCOME CALLER, THIS IS CHLOE is one of the most unique young adult books I’ve read. I love the fact that Chloe isn’t the typical meek, bullied heroine who’s just trying hard to survive high school. She’s confident with herself and she’s not afraid to show it. Her boldness is absolutely refreshing and one of the reasons I’d give this book six “klovers” if I could!
The other reason is Duncan Moore, the quiet tech and all around fix-it at the radio station. Duncan is a total lost soul who gravitates toward Chloe like a beacon in a storm. Their relationship is so well written and realistic. I loved how Chloe helped Duncan come out of his shell and I also loved the fact that Duncan’s quiet personality made Chloe a better person.
This book has so many life lessons, from dealing with change and loss and the trials of family, to learning that sometimes being the center of attention isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes, what you really need is to sit back and listen—to others, and most importantly to your heart.
WELCOME CALLER, THIS IS CHLOE, is an amazing debut. Chloe wormed her way into my heart, and this book is one I know I will read over and over again. I’m hoping for more adventures of Chloe, but if not, I know I’ll be keeping an eye out for future books by Shelly Coriell. This one’s a highly recommended read!