Welcome, Caller, This is ChloeBy Shelley Coriell
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Imprint: Amulet Books
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 have two words for Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe: absolutely fabulous!
Shelley Coriell’s debut novel presents to readers Chloe Camden. She’s extremely brave and surprisingly strong for a high school junior. I loved watching her transition from the girl that lives to make people happy to the girl who knows how to listen.
When Chloe’s world first started falling apart I sympathized with her. It seemed that her friends were just bailing on her without a cause. In reality, Chloe didn’t need my sympathy. She toughened up when fellow students tried to drag her down and she didn’t whine and moan over the injustices of high school. Before she found a home at her school’s radio station, 88.8 The Edge, her passion was definitely shoes, shoes, and more shoes! Chloe is a character any girl can relate to.
Coriell’s writing is zingy, much like Chloe’s big personality. Welcome, Caller is a smooth read you don’t want to miss out on. Once I realized how big Chloe’s heart is I couldn’t stop reading. I could only hope she put the pieces of her life back together, even though it would be a bumpy ride.
One of the first novels I thought of before reading Welcome, Caller was Sarah Dessen’s Just Listen. It wasn’t the style or plot that was similar, but the incorporation of how radio shows can make a difference in the hands of youths. It would’ve been cool if my high school had a radio show managed by students.
Shelley Coriell has shown how a high school student, with a little backing from loved ones, can influence so many others just by being expressive and taking an interest in others. I’ve never met a character as big as Chloe and I won’t soon forget her either!