Welcome Caller, This is Chloe – Shelley Coriell

Chloe is an ambitious, high-spirited high school junior with a seemingly unsinkable personality and a flare for vintage shoes. Her normally bright outlook on life threatens to dim though when classes resume after winter break. Her two best friends, Brie and Merce, are giving her the cold shoulder but she has no idea why. The entire school seems to be in on it, though. In the midst of dealing with her friends and the strained relationship between her mother and grandmother at home, she is told that her plan for her Junior Independent Study Project is rejected. Instead of creating a killer report on soap opera villainesses, she is forced to join the school’s radio station crew. At first, the team seems like a group of misfits who don’t respond to her enthusiasm with her same level of energy. She quickly finds her place in the radio team, and brings the station to life with her promotional ideas and call-in talk show. She gets plenty of help from her grandmother, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and is struggling living on her own. The radio team members become her friends, and she grows close to Duncan, a boy who could definitely benefit from her warmth and positive outlook. This book is both touching and fun. Chloe is a wonderful character.  She is so well-developed that she seems real… and someone I’d definitely want to know.

NetGalley review Publication date 5.1.12

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