Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Amulet (Abrams)
*A copy of this novel was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
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.My Review: Ok, well I don't think this will be a review but more than likely a rant! When I would pick up this book to read it, I would get all excited and I was thinking "What's gonna happen now!?" This is definitely an awesome read.
First, the characters. Chloe Camden is our main protagonist. She's always been the talkative best friend who could cheer you up no matter what situation. She's always cheery and making you laugh. So basically, she's just a positive person. Duncan is the guy that Chloe meets when her JISP project has to be changed and she starts working at the school's radio station, KDRS 88.8 The Edge. He was that loyal guy friend that knew how to fix things. He grew up with a mom that was never there for him.
Next, the plot. We follow 16 or 17 year old Chloe Camden. While working at a local restaurant, Dos Hermanas, Chloe's best friend, Brie, totally disses her. Then, A. Lungren, her new counselor, tells her she has to change her JISP project to something else. She then plants herself at the school's radio station. She goes through quite alot during this time period.
Overall, Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe was a very amazing read! It was probably the best debut I've read so far this year. I can't wait to Shelley to write more. P.S. The writing style just sucks you in as soon as you start so be warned.