Author: Shelley Coriell
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Links: Amazon | Goodreads
Chloe Camden has a big heart and an even bigger collection of vintage shoes. Life is good…until her best friend turns the entire school against her and her counselor axes her junior independent study project. Forced to take on a meaningful project in order to pass her Junior year, Chloe joins her school’s struggling radio station, where the other students don’t always appreciate her unique style. 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 tackles love, loneliness, and painful life lessons as she gives her big heart to the radio station and the misfits who call it home.
The plot centers around Chloe - her work at the radio station as part of her junior project, dealing with the problems regarding her grandmother, dealing with being ostracized and slandered by her peers, and her attempts to carry on and be happy despite these things. The pacing is well-balanced, and Chloe is so much fun that I couldn't help but to finish the book in one day.
Despite the book's lighthearted tone, it covers some serious issues without making light of them. Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe takes these issues that can seriously impact people's lives, and handles them with grace, showing readers a couple of teenagers who take the problems and adversity that are thrust upon them and deal with it in constructive and positive ways, making the best of it. If you're looking for a book to help cheer you up when you're in a bad mood or are just looking for a fun and sassy main character with amazing shoes, then this is a good one to choose.