Saturday, January 12, 2013

Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell ADVISABLE

Coriell, Shelley Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe 299 pgs., Amulet, 2012. Content - PG

Chloe Camden is lead of the popular crowd until her best friend turns against her and ruins her reputation. Things only get worse when her school counselor vetoes her junior independent study project. Chloe is forced to join her school’s struggling radio station, where the other students don't much like her, either.

This is a sweet story with a great main character. What is so appealing about Chloe is she is not angsty or bitter with the difficult things that are happening to her with her friends and family. She makes fun, happy things and takes control in finding the good. She is also very forgiving of those who treat her poorly. Which is really nice and refreshing. 

Besides all the meanness from many of the other characters populating the book, I liked them. Especially Duncan, the love interest. He wasn't necessarily heartthrob material, but he was way sweet. 

Some of the story I found unrealistic--for example her call-in show becoming uber popular in a matter of three weeks. But who cares--it was fun. 

MS, HS -- ADVISABLE reviewer: Rebekah, public librarian

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