Thursday, May 10, 2012

Welcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell

Kady's got a book that you can't help but love the cover for and after this review, you'll want to know more!:

Welcome Caller, This is Chloe  by Shelley Coriell
Chloe is the life of any party. She's the girl you call when you need a good laugh or a great pair of vintage shoes. She prides herself on being a good friend and someone anyone can confide in, but lately something is wrong. Her two best friends aren't speaking to her, in fact there are some pretty vicious rumors spreading around the school which means she doesn't really have any friends anymore. Her house isn't exactly a sanctuary either with her mother and grandmother engaged in World War III and Chloe is stuck as a very uncomfortable Switzerland. At least she still has her huge, must pass to advance to senior year, Junior Independent Project on Soap Opera Villains to keep her occupied, right?

 Nope, thanks to an overly involved school counselor, Chloe's stuck doing her Junior project with the school's barely visible (or audible) radio station. And the kids who work at the radio station? Well, they're kind of off. And they definitely do not like Chloe. Still, there's a cute boy in the form of Duncan who does all the tech and fix-it work, and her very own call-in radio show is suddenly the most listened-to (okay, the ONLY listened-to) program on the air so maybe things aren't quite as bad as they seem. With the radio station's budget in danger of being eliminated, Chloe only has a few months to get her best friends talking to her again, convince the cute boy that she's worth a shot, broker peace between her mother and grandmother and save the radio station from certain death. Can she do it? You better believe it, and she'll be rocking a sweet pair of vintage peep toe pumps while she does.

Chloe is a great character, a little self absorbed, but with her heart in exactly the right place. You'll groan when she does something very obviously stupid, but you'll also be rooting for her to figure things out. Welcome Caller also has a very sensitive and intriguing take on dementia and aging, which is not something you normally expect from a YA book. And of course, the boy. Who doesn't love a good mysterious loner dude? Duncan has a whole host of his own problems but that doesn't stop Chloe from believing in him, or him from supporting her.

Check out Welcome Caller, This is Chloe when it comes out May 1.

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