Saturday, August 31, 2013

Review: Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell

Description: "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."

I had really, really high hopes for this book, though I'm not really sure why. I was basically reminded why I don't usually read YA contemporary. It was basically every other book about a popular high school girl who falls from grace. I couldn't really bring myself to like Chloe all that much, who claimed she was a good judge of character, yet her best friends had turned on her. Yeah, Chloe, you sure know how to pick them don't you?

One thing I did like was the author didn't seem to be afraid to deal with big issues such as Parkinson's disease and drug use. Chloe's world seems to begin to fall apart because of what her grandmother who suffers from Parkinson's disease, and her mother argue about what would be best for her grandmother. Another thing I did like was the radio station crew. I had wished we got to know them a little more. Though we learn about their different situations we don't really get to know them all that well.

I found that this book really wasn't for me. Luckily enough, the book was a quick read. Had it been longer I probably would have been done with it long before the ending.

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