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Monday, June 4, 2012

Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell: Book Review

Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe
by Shelley Coriell
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Amulet Books (May 1, 2012)
Buy the book: Amazon
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.
After reading 3 very heavy stories about rape and suicide, it was with great pleasure that I picked up "Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe".  I was prepared for a mindless romantic comedy.  While there is some romance and quite a bit of humor, there is also a serious and thoughtful story underneath.  The main character, Chloe Camden, is a bubbly, outgoing, quirky girl who enjoys making people laugh and have fun while wearing a cute pair of vintage shoes.  What I like most about this character is that she's not over the top.  She is believable and likeable.  She deals with some serious life issues but almost always with an optimistic outlook.  She does her best to fix problems but is willing to move on if that's not possible.  It was also interesting to get an inside look at the daily operation of a radio station and all that is required to put a show on the air.  This was a very enjoyable read and I gladly recommend it.

  • Profanity:  Moderate
  • Sexual Content:  Mild
  • Violence:  None
  • Other Notables:  Duncan's mother is a meth user.
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  1. This is one of the books that I judged by its cover. I can't stand the expression on that girl's face for some reason. But thanks to your recommendation, I will definitely look into it.

  2. I love Chloe's outgoing personality. She's the reason I enjoyed the book as much as I did :)

  3. I am glad that you enjoyed this book. I felt a little differently. I thought that Chloe was very self-centered. Yes she was bubbly, but I had a hard time liking her. She did change, but she still had that the world revolves around her personality. I guess it could just be self assurance, but to me it was more like she thought everyone should like her because she is "The Queen". I didn't like the other characters much either. The message in the book is great though, that is what I did enjoy about the story.


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