Title: Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe
Author: Shelley Corriell
Source: ARC from Amulet Books
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Amulet Books
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.
Main Idea: Wow! What a fun contemporary with a spunky, very likeable main character! Definitely one to pick up for a quick, enjoyable read.
One of the big things that can keep me from loving a book is the main character. Is he/she whiny/stubborn/stupid/etc.? If the answer to one or more is yes, then I am annoyed and very likely to be frustrated with the book. But Chloe? Chloe is none of the above. Chloe was fun, determined, spunky, and had a great attitude. I absolutely loved her!
When Chloe’s friends desert her, her Junior year independent study project is rejected, and her mother and grandmother’s relationship falls apart- Chloe refuses to do the same. She jumps on board with the school’s radio station she (and the rest of the student body) didn’t even know existed and decides to start her own talk show. Hilarity, heart-break, and heat (in some cases even literally) ensues.
I would definitely recommend picking up this cute contemporary as soon as you can get your hands on it! An adorable read!