Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Review: Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell (ARC)


Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe ETA: May 1st 2012 
Author: Shelley Coriell
Publisher: Amulet Books/Abrams
Pages:  299
Format: Advanced Reader Copy/Paperback
Source:  Special thanks goes out to Laura Mihalick at ABRAMS publishing for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel.
Rating: 

Reason chosen: 

I’ve been waiting for this book since I first saw the copy. Not judging a book by its cover is true, but this cover truly reflects the interior of the story. Its captivating.

Summary taken from Chapters/Indigo.ca:

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.

Review:

This book was truly amazing and not afraid to touch, and in fact grip with its bare hands, the hard issues of life. We meet Chloe a fun loving and laugh sharing girl on the first page who just happens to be in love with shoes created before the 1960s. Not that anyone can blame here there. And within a few pages her life begins to crumble. Everything that she holds to as being sold slips away and Chloe tries to get use to a life of solitude, which is hard for a girl who’s always had 5 brothers and 2 best friends always around. But as Chloe tries to pick up the pieces of her life she realizes that there are times for jokes and times to be serious, and that, although her life is pretty tough, some people do have it worse that her. Chloe learns what one little school maintained radio station really means to a group of “outsiders”.
I love this novel. I love the gentle wake-up call that Chloe has to the real world outside of her own. Although Chloe is a materialistic, happy go lucky, soap opera watching fiend, she is still and always will be good hearted, maybe just a little oblivious until things start to hit home. I think Chloe is the girl everyone wants to be, the girl who, when she tries, gives it her all, makes friends easily, holds the enthusiasm we always want, and is never embarrassed by her choices. Chloe is a role model for you teens.

Good:

Chloe—she wears her heart on her sleeve and she is the only one who doesn’t know it. She tries to make everyone happy and gives a good laugh when it’s needed.
Duncan—he is pretty awesome, pretty cute, and complete oblivious when it comes to knowing what to do with Chloe, he just simply knows where she belongs but doesn’t know how to tell her.
Grams—awesome old lady. I would love it if I was related to this Brad Pitt lover.
Clem—The dragon lady. Love it.

Bad:

Nothing...It was a read that put a smile on my face.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall I loved reading about the mysteries that portal 5 held, and especially the mysteries that Duncan kept hidden. I found Shelley a masterful writer. I was never confused, never had to re-read something to understand it and I could picture the setting perfectly. Even better I could picture the characters perfectly. And I loved that each and every character, down to a solely seen brother, had their own different personality, and how each is just trying to find their way in the world. My, My. This book definitely deserved my five.

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you love a cute novel that will make you smile, but isn’t completely filled with fluff this is it.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

Sarah Dessen Novels, Meg Cabot novels, Catching Jordan, maybe some Shopaholic novels.

Read Completely:
For Sure.


Make sure to add this one your lovely shelves when it comes out!

Photobucket

No comments:

Post a Comment

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...