Title: Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe
Author: Shelley Coriell
Publication date: May 1st, 2012
Genre(s): Young Adult (Contemporary)
Publisher: Amulet Books
Challenges: Debut, A-Z, Contemporary
I do have to say that, Welcome Caller This is Chloe is a book that was very different from any other book. Not in terms of idea or characters or etc, but the flow of events and the writing overall was great. Not once did I feel that anything was misplaced, exaggerated, or unrealistic. Usually, when I read a book, the decisions the protagonist makes are either lame, irrational, or just don't make sense. Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe was such a fun contemporary book! The main protagonist, Chloe, has to take a project for her JISP in order to pass. Her school councilor advises her to join the school's radio station, and she does. The interesting part is that the station is struggling, and Chloe tries to get it back in shape.
As a main character, I really loved Chloe. She wasn't perfect, and admitted to her flaws. I liked how not everything was all happy happy, because that's just how life is. Not every time something goes wrong, it can be fixed. I really enjoyed the radio station idea. I found it really refreshing and new to what I mostly read. I liked how the author didn't just revolve the whole story around the radio station. Chloe's family problems also played a big role in the book, which to me, is really important. I have to admit, the romance in this book wasn't very much, but I never felt like there had to be more of it. Everything was just perfectly balanced.
Overall, I had no expectations what so ever when I started reading this book, but I'm really glad it was just so much fun! If you're looking for a contemporary book to read, then you should totally pick up "Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe"! I really do look forward to reading Shelley Coriell's future books!
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