Friday, 27 April 2012

Welcome Caller This is Chloe

 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 loved this story. I went into thinking it would be a light fluffy read and what you actually get in a complicated read that covers a lot of issues. The characters aren't one dimensional either, they grow as the book continues. 

When the book opens we find Chloe dressed as a burrito handing out leaflets for the Mexican she works at, we meet her best friend Bree who it appears doesn't want anything to do with her, she tries ringing her other best friend Mercedes who doesn't answer Chloe has no idea what is up with them. As well as dealing with her friends not talking to her, it appears the whole school has turned against her and she has to choose a new project for her JISP (Junior Independent Study Project), which leads her to the radio station somewhere she has never been before. While all this is going on Chloe also has to deal with the war raging between her mom and gran. So yeah Chloe doesn't have it exactly easy.  

I adored Chloe right down to her vintage shoe collection, I loved the fact that the love story between Duncan and Chloe grew as apposed to being instant, it felt more real. Each character has to deal with something, for Duncan it is his mom who is addicted to drugs and for Chloe it is her gran who is suffering worse than she is letting on. Both of these are problems but both Chloe and Duncan don't let anyone in, they are both dealing with them alone and this is where the radio station comes in. Towards the end of the book, the radio station and all the staff become more like family to both Chloe and Duncan. I don't think Chloe can quite believe this, as she wanted nothing to do with them when it opened.

This story is about growing up, moving on and finding what you are happy doing, something that everyone can learn from. It proves that when you feel like you have nothing there is always something there for you. It is for them reasons that I totally recommend this book to everyone, whether you are young or old, you can take something from this book.

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