Thursday, March 29, 2012

Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe

Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe
Shelley Coriell
299 pages
Publisher: Amulet Books
Source: NetGalley

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

Chloe is a junior in high school, which can mean only one thing: it's time to do her junior independent study project (JISP).  After coming back from a tumultuous winter break only to find that her best friends have also ditched her, her guidance counselor nixes her project idea and forces her to do her project with the school's failing radio station.  Soon Chloe is coming up with some new marketing ideas that include her being on the air twice a week!  She makes fast friends (sort of) with the radio crew and Duncan in particular...

So let's talk about Duncan and Chloe - I love their relationship!  Duncan, despite his serious home problems, is the sweetest, most upstanding guy I've read about in contemporary YA.  He was so adorable!  I loved watching his relationship with Chloe process, waiting for them to finally get it together.  Duncan got more and more charming as the book progressed - what a swoon-worthy dude!

Chloe by herself was an amazing character.  I envied her for a few reasons, one of which obviously being her kick-ass shoes, but on a more serious note, I envied her strength.  Chloe's got a world of problems, yet she manages to stay sincerely perky and persevere.  I loved that when her best friends ditched her, she did not wallow in self-pity but instead was able to recognize it was a problem with them, not her.  That's a message all teenage girls should read about.

Four stars!  I loved this book because it had just the right mix of comedy and serious issues.  Chloe was an awesome character.  I highly recommend this one if you're a contemporary YA fan.  It is a standalone, so go check it out when it's released May first.

PS: The girl on the cover looks so familiar!  Does anyone know if she was ever on TV?

3/12 complete!

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