Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe

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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 Gram’s mental deterioration, lonely Chloe ends up holding a call-in show that gets the station much-needed ...
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Overview


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 Gram’s mental deterioration, lonely Chloe ends up holding 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 joy and fun 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.

Praise for Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe
Spring 2012 Indie Next List Children Selection

"Debut novelist Coriell shows sparkling wit and great skill in creating complex characters with memorable personalities. Chloe’s emotional growth is believable, and her attraction to a quiet, mysterious boy at the radio station adds spice and tension to the story."
Publishers Weekly

“This debut novel is more than it seems. Tough issues are addressed here, and the information is ladled out deftly.”
VOYA

“This is fun, lighthearted chick-lit that touches on drug abuse and tough family issues. Romance, personal growth, and friendships are central to the story line. A quick, enjoyable read.”
School Library Journal

“Looking for a fun, inspiring read? Then check out Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe. Entertaining and full of heartrending moments, and the author has created interesting and unique characters. Even though this is more of a sparkling and humorous read, Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe delves into some tough topics such as drug addiction and bullying. 5 stars”
North Valley Magazine

“It’s kinda like Mean Girls but with more shoes.”
Ashbury Park Sunday Press

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Soon after being crowned queen of the Mistletoe Ball, high school junior Chloe Camden is snubbed by her fellow A-listers due to rumors spread by her ex–best friend. But that isn’t Chloe’s only problem. Fights between her mother and independent-minded grandmother have escalated, and Chloe’s school counselor wants her to join the staff of KDRS, the school’s flailing radio station. Instead of wallowing in her misery, outspoken, energetic Chloe goes into high gear, frantically trying to mend the broken parts of her life. She throws her heart into saving the radio station, and when she learns to “shut up and listen” as the host of a new radio talk show, she gains significant insight into her own shortcomings and the struggles of her peers, whose lives are just as complicated and painful as her own. Debut novelist Coriell shows sparkling wit and great skill in creating complex characters with memorable personalities. Chloe’s emotional growth is believable, and her attraction to a quiet, mysterious boy at the radio station adds spice and tension to the story. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jill Corcoran, the Herman Agency. (May)
VOYA - Judith A. Hayn
Chloe Camden lives a charmed life, or so it would appear. She was, after all, queen of the Mistletoe Ball, but second semester finds her friendless and without a Junior Year Independent Study (JYIS) project—her BFF's have dumped her and do-gooder counselor Ms. Lundgren vetoed her JYIS concept. She cannot move on to senior year without it. On the home front, her grandmother has Parkinson's, and the effects of the disease are ravaging the entire family as decisions must be made. What is affable, popular, talkative Chloe to do? She reluctantly takes on the school's struggling radio station as her task. Can her talk show save KDRS? Will she get the self-sufficient Duncan Moore, the station's Mr. Fixit, to notice her? Will Chloe ever learn to stop talking and start listening? This debut novel is more than it seems. High school is not a place for the faint of heart, and surviving its cattiness and drama constitute a real battle. Tough issues are addressed here, and the information is ladled out deftly. Some characters are stereotypes, but Chloe is more than her on-air persona, Queen of the Universe, and her vintage shoe collection. Reviewer: Judith A. Hayn
Children's Literature - Laura J. Brown
Chloe Camden is a vintage shoe collector with a big heart. She's also has two best friends that she counts on to assist her when her mother and grandmother go to war and she does the same for them. That is what best friends do, support each other. That all changed one day when Chloe's two best friends stop communicating with her and refuse to have anything to do with her. She is crushed and has no idea what she had done to become totally ignored and the most shunned person at her high school. Just when Chloe thinks her world is over due to the shunning of her best friends and the entire school body, and the constant arguing between her mother and grandmother, Chloe receives an e-mail from her new guidance counselor. She discovers that her junior high school project has been rejected because it does not meet the educational standards of the school district and is reassigned to work at the school's radio station. Chloe has never listened to the radio station and when she meets the staff, she discovers the staff is a bunch of misfits. She went from being one of the most popular girls in the school to one that no one wanted to be around including the misfits, but the misfits and the radio station needs that big heart of hers to save it from closing. Readers will fall in love with Chloe as she discovers why her best friends and school hates her and she discovers just how big her big heart is when she hosts the radio station's first call in talk radio show. Reviewer: Laura J. Brown
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Chloe Camden is an outgoing junior with a penchant for vintage shoes. Her humor shines from the very first scene, where readers are introduced to her as she dances around in a burrito costume to advertise a Mexican restaurant in her southern California home. She loves the attention that the silly outfit gets her. Chloe has lost her two best friends of many years (they think that she's too self-centered), her new guidance counselor tells her to design a better independent student project (JIAP) or else, and her mother and grandmother are engaged in World War III. Okay, she deals with being friendless, but she is opposed to working for the school radio station, which is on the verge of going off air, for her JISP. However, eventually she finds a new group of friends at the station, including dragonlike Clem and a possible romantic interest, Duncan, and she is encouraged to use her outgoing personality for an on-air talk show, Chloe, Queen of the Universe. This is fun, lighthearted chick-lit that touches on drug abuse and tough family issues. Coriell uses Chloe's sunny outlook to show how the teen perseveres through difficulties. ("I couldn't imagine a life without laughter and friends and fun.") Romance, personal growth, and friendships are central to the story line. A quick, enjoyable read.—Elizabeth Kahn, Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, Jefferson, LA
Kirkus Reviews
In an upbeat, by-the-book romance, a popular girl shunned by her two best friends finds a home among the misfits at the school's radio station. Just after Chloe's best friends stop speaking to her, A. Lundgren, guidance counselor, calls loud, big-hearted Chloe into her office to discuss her JISP--junior independent study project. A combination of mishaps and negligence on Chloe's part leads Lundgren to assign Chloe a JISP topic. Chloe finds herself in a portable classroom with shy freshmen Frick and Frack, hostile Clementine, music-obsessed Taysom, pregnant Haley and unexpectedly cute Duncan. Her mission: promote the school's underfunded radio station or fail junior year. Using marketing skills learned from her work at Dos Hermanas Mexican Cantina and her natural gift for gab, Chloe turns the radio station around by hosting a call-in advice show. The story hits a few false notes: The rumors Brie spreads are particularly vicious but evaporate quickly; the radio show takes off a bit too suddenly to be believed; and could one teenager really own that many pairs of glam vintage shoes? But the lighthearted tone, familiar plot and occasional poignant moments between Chloe and her similarly headstrong grandmother will carry readers through. Formulaic fluff with a winning personality. (Fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419701917
  • Publisher: Amulet Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


A professional journalist, Shelley Coriell has worked as a newspaper reporter, an award-winning magazine editor, and an association executive. She is a six-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Prize. She lives in Tempe, Arizona. Visit her online at shelleycoriell.com.
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  • Posted April 29, 2013

    This book exceeded my expectations. I must be on a roll these da

    This book exceeded my expectations. I must be on a roll these days because I have liked every book I have read thus far this month. This book is no different. When I requested this book from Netgalley, it seemed like a simple story about a girl losing her friends and finding herself while starting her own radio talk show. The cover was cute and it drew my attention from the beginning.

    This story follows Chloe Camden as life as she knows it falls apart. Bubbly and optimist, Chloe is generally liked by everyone until after winter break when her friends won't speak to her, everyone is shunning her, and her new guidance counselor decides that her JISP (Junior Independent Study Project) topic is inappropriate and she needs to start again from scratch. Add to that the fact that her grandmother's Parkinson's is getting worse sparking World War III between her grandmother and her mom, and it is incredibly hard for her to stay optimistic. She is forced into doing her project on the student run radio program for the school, something she has no interest in, and there, she starts to rebuild her fragmented life.

    The writing and storyline of this reminded me a lot of The Boyfriend List by E Lockhart. They are both stories of girls who have friends that suddenly desert her and she is forced to take her life in a different direction than she initially thought it would go. Chloe certainly never imagined she'd start working at (and enjoying) a radio station, but she does end up loving it. I think the character I liked most was Clementine, who instantly is irritated with Chloe's ability to "skate" through life, even though her description is not entirely accurate, Chloe does have the ability to handle people very well and therefore, most of the time, people do things for her and it makes her life easier. At first, this fact annoyed me. I see people like that all the time and for someone who works hard for everything she has, it can be frustrating seeing it getting handing to someone else without any effort. I was also irritated at her in the beginning because her friend (or ex-friend, depending on how you want to look at it) called her selfish and I couldn't figure out if her friend was correct in that judgement and Chloe was just to narrow-minded to see it or if her friend was wrong. In the end, I think it is a little of both. Chloe isn't necessarily selfish, but it isn't the world's greatest listener so I can see how she could come across that way. The more fleshed out Chloe become, the more I empathized with her and admired her a little bit. Losing all your friends is hard, and instead of rolling over and playing dead, she focuses on her JISP and trying to make the best of the radio situation and spending time with her grandmother.

    Another part of her I loved is that she never came off as rich or snobby. Since both her parents are doctors, I assume she is pretty well off, but she never comes across that way. She works a part time job at Dos Hermanas Mexican Cantina to support her addiction to Twizzlers and vintage shoes and you never see her frivolously spending money. She also doesn't look down on Duncan when she realizes that he has not one but two part time jobs after school one of which is collecting trash. Instead, she goes along with him on one of his trash collection routes and has paper airplane contests with him to improve his mood.

    Shelley Coriell gave her characters real problems that aren't just going away. Chloe watches her grandmother struggle to hold onto her independence in the face of a debilitating disease while Chloe's mom fights to convince Gran to move in with them. The tension and fighting is never ending and though things change at the end of the novel, it remains clear that they aren't going to sail into the sunset to a upbeat pop song, they are always going to have to struggle with it. The same goes for Duncan's mother. I actually applaud Ms Coriell for having a meth addict character.

    You see Duncan struggle with his mothers addiction, trying to hold their world together while she falls in and out of the meth world. And again, at the end, it's not all unicorns crapping rainbows in candy mountain. Things have begun to improve, but we know that the road ahead will be a bit rocky.

    This book is definitely change from the dark, brooding paranormal novels that dominate the young adult market right now and I loved every minute of it. Standalone novel with a cute dependable guy, just the right minimal amount of teen angst, and a happy end, what's not to love?

    ****Thank you to ABRAMS for providing me with an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review****

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Funny and engaging

    This was the perfect book to read during my vacation. The characters were quirky and entertaining and had me rooting for them to succeed. The witty banter between the characters had me laughing and wishing I could have been friends with them in high school. I' m looking forward to more from Shelley Coriell.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Hi

    How many pages r there? Does n e one know?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Fh uy

    Bbt t

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Great book

    Love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Goooddd

    This is a good book alittle weird but good took me 2 days to read it. I would read the free trial before buying it though

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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    I adore Chloe's bright, outgoing personality and how she wears h

    I adore Chloe's bright, outgoing personality and how she wears her heart on her sleeve. When she decides to do something, she goes at it with her all, and she's passionate about what she loves--like stylish shoes that have survived a century and economics. Her one-track mind does get her in trouble. The night her best friends needed her, Chloe loses herself in a party and forgets to join up with her friends. I was disappointed to find out that Chloe acted like this and really did feel like she deserved to be outcast for this (however, her best friend Brie did act in the wrong when she spread lies to turn the school against Chloe). However, this still isn't the main reason her friends' turn on her, and their reasons are very petty in comparison.

    Having stood so long in the spotlight, Chloe isn't eager to join the school's dying radio station. However, after being alienated from the rest of the school, Chloe ends up putting her all into publicizing the station. It is during this time that we're introduced to Chloe's love of economics and that Chloe begins to change for the better. It takes time, but she realizes her mistakes in the past and works to make a better future for herself and those that she cares about.

    It does seem that the book tackles too many problems in too few pages. The plotlines feel incomplete. While I understand the gist of what's going on, I never got to know the full story behind each conflict. Overall, Chloe's bright personality is one that readers will enjoy getting to know. If you're looking for a fun, short contemporary read, this is one that you might like to check out.

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  • Posted November 4, 2012

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    A Fantastic Contemporary Read!

    I am always looking for great contemporary books to read - most preferably ones without the cliche stories or loves at first sight - as it is one of my all time favourite genres. So, it’s always gratifying when I do find a book that genuinely takes me by surprise. Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe was said such book. I was very impressed by the way Ms. Coriell brilliantly captured the essence of a teenage girl going to high school and what it means to be a part of a social clique that’s outside the norm. This book was a fun, fresh, meaningful read that kept me absorbed throughout the entire story and most definitely exceeded my expectations.

    Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe will surprise you. Naturally, you would expect a story of a teenage girl who falls in love and changes her life for the better, - instead this book gives you much more than that. It is not like other contemporary reads; centered on the romance or the tragedies the main character has gone through. It is a story full of everyday life lessons - and not just for the main character. Lessons that anyone can heed advice from, which is why I found it so meaningful and different.

    The characters all play an important role in this book. They were, essentially, the plot in a book like this, where there isn’t a heavy plot to begin with. Ms. Coriell created wonderful characters with distinguished personalities that are hard to forget. From the radio crew - Clementine, Frick & Frack, Haley, Taysom, Duncan - to Ms. Lungren (the guidance counselor), I enjoyed them all. Just the same, Chloe is the type of main character that anyone can easily fall in love with. She is bold, funny and very fun to read about. I loved the way Chloe grows and develops by the end of the story. She learns from the other characters and learns to accept that life has it’s ups & downs, you just have to deal with them the best way you can. Her unique personality is what made Chloe a three dimensional character. But that’s not just true for Chloe - all of Ms. Coriell’s characters had depth and their flaws were what made them seem so realistic.

    Duncan is a very different main character. He’s not your usual bad boy type of personality which I found very fresh. This is, once again, the reason why the characters in this book are so believable - evidently because they are not portrayed as being fictional. The author presents the real world in her book for readers to experience. Duncan and Chloe’s romance was sweet and it made me smile and I was thankful that the story didn’t have the dependency characters always seem to develop after meeting “the one” in contemporary books. It was a nice touch.

    Shelley Coriell really out-shined with her debut novel. The dynamic characters, the entertaining story, the meaningful life lessons, even exploring the world of a radio station, captured my attention. I was very content with the ending, as it was very appropriate based on the story, as a whole. Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe was a fun and light read that I would recommend to everyone. I just wish there was a sequel so I can explore the world of these characters again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    Loved it!

    I love the story, the characters are very likable and fun, but i had a hard time getting into it. I had to force myselgf to read until about halfway through. The ending left me wanting more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Im on pg.73 and its really good i can barely put it down!!!!!!

    Sorry the stuff up there was suppost to be it

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe is very clearly a fun and eccentr

    Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe is very clearly a fun and eccentric read, but I had no idea the amount of depth it would end up showing, or just how remarkably touching it would be by the end of the story.
    But what I found truly remarkable about it was it's relentless optimism and endearing plot- make no mistake, this story is about so much more than Chloe and her own life.

    Reasons to Read:

    1.An extraordinary narrator:

    Chloe's character and enthusiasm is the most noteworthy aspect of the book; it stands apart from typical YA contemporaries, and stands apart from most other heroines. Her refusal to continually dwell on the hardships she endures is remarkable, and I found it refreshing to read about a character who wasn't overly angsty but instead the complete opposite. Her optimism shines through, and Shelley's ability to feature such a character so well should be applauded. And I think it's fantastic that Chloe has such a close relationship with her family.

    2.A love interest who steals the show:

    Oh, Duncan, Duncan, Duncan... where do I even begin with you? Duncan was easily my favourite character and I was surprised by how easily his character and story took over the plot. He is what stood out most to me, and his life i swhat stayed with me long after I finished reading this book. His endurance and care for others is too sweet! Particularly in light of such dismal circumstances.

    3.But it's a story delivered with uncommon optimism:

    Here's what makes the story work so well; if it was just a story dealing with a large number of issues such as addiction, divorce, gossip, and friendships (all of which come up in the plot) it would be rather unremarkable and fit in well with the large number of other unfortuante stories of real life problems. But it's Chloe's narration that changes it, and brightens the mood completely. She's this brand new ray of sunshine in so many lives, especially Duncan's that gives us a different story completely. There's hope, that shines from the book itself.

    I also appreciated that Chloe was an honestly real and flawed character; several times people point out to her that she's totally self-absorbed, which is true. Because of that I have to confess that I found myself aggravatd with her at first although she soon grew on me.

    I wasn't impressed with Brie as a character whatsoever- I didn't feel that the issue was completely resolved, but that it had been hastily tied together without really dealing with any of the consequences of her actions. And several times I just found her behaviour to be inexcuseable, but it was simply glossed over and I think it could have been handled better.

    ARC received from Manda Group for review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Book

    Really good book.

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  • Posted June 8, 2012

    Disclaimer: This book is for young adults. Chloe says things lik

    Disclaimer: This book is for young adults. Chloe says things like BFs (best friends) and Nose Ring Girl. If you can’t handle that, move on. However, although the book may start out superficial and naïve, like Chloe, it grows into something deeper, also like Chloe. This book is just as much about growing out of a phase in life as much as it is about finding your place and learning to trust in others. Coriell is able to tackle the tougher teen subjects without making it gritty or vulgar, which means that parents can be assured there is no unseemly content. This is an intriguing book that will make you look at life, and shoes, in a new way.

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

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    You had me at burrito

    Have you been itching for that new IT girl after AUDREY, WAIT!? Someone to make you revel in her awesomeness and make you a devoted fan for years to come? Well, dear Readers, I have finally found the next Audrey: Chloe “Poppy” Camden, and if I had to describe her as a candy, she would be a mouthful of Pop Rocks ( = AMAZING).

    THE GOOD BITS

    {You had me at burrito!} Without question, I was hooked after the first line, and Shelley Coriell continued to reel me into her debut with the bait of delicious Mexican food, luscious vintage shoes, and awesome cast of characters. The story hits the ground running with its joie de vivre and never lets up until the final page where the reader will be breathless but feeling so alive that a second reading may be warranted. Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe has a lot of heart and embraces the reader with such enthusiasm that will prove irresistable to put down!

    {88.8 The Edge} I never got into the whole radio scene myself, but I have always had much respect for the radio peeps. Shrinking Violet comes to mind as the only other radio-themed book I have read, and it focused mostly on one character – whereas Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe gave a whole handful of characters to love at our own risk. They had their own adorable quirks and differences, but they were such a close-knit family who took care of their own. Also, I enjoyed tagging along as Chloe learned the ropes to running a radio station. It all sounds so very fascinating and more fun than I had originally imagined!

    {Character chemistry} Not only did Chloe and her love interest sizzle in a way that melted the marshmallows in my hot chocolate, but I believe Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe stands out as one of the best assortment of characters I have ever encountered! I loved the tug-of-war relationship between Chloe and the radio station’s general manager Clementine. They may not have chosen to work together or have matching BFF jewelry, but their clashing personalities had that Odd Couple magic that worked against anyone’s better judgment.

    {The highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows} Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe may bask mostly in the sunshine, but it also presents anecdotes of family issues and how it impacts Chloe and her classmates. Admittedly, I think most of them had happy resolutions – but I still appreciated that these problems were included because it made the characters more real and less “charmed life.”

    THE BAD BITS

    {More on Brie} While this ex-BFF gets some closure by the end, I feel like there is a lot left unresolved with Brie’s story arc that leaves me worried. She makes it her personal mission to ruin Chloe and has a few creepy choker-esque moments, but in the end, I feel like she has not made the same positive progress like the other characters. I know that not everyone can have a happily-ever-after, but Brie’s story screams of warning signs. If anything, I hope someone checks up on her *cough* SEQUEL! *cough* COMPANION? *cough* although I know it may not be as bright and chirpy as Chloe’s story.

    THE OVERALL

    It is not every day when you encounter a book that is just bursting with happy energy – and Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe is sure to brighten anyone’s day. This book is a pinata full of all the best sorts of candy, and readers will be just as desperate to crack open the pages and dive into the sweet mayhem!

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  • Posted May 17, 2012

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    Fun, light-hearted read

    Chloe Camden can bring a smile to your face at the worst of times, and while she might talk a bit too much, you've got to give her credit for finding humor in the worst of situations. But when her fun-loving personality leads her to unknowingly betray a friend, she finds herself friendless--on top of having to search for a new JISP (Junior Independent Study Project). Welcome, Caller is a fun, light-hearted novel about growing up and learning some hard lessons. The novel touches on a lot of important issues, including divorce, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, bullying, and other important issues, and I liked how they were integrated into the story and presented in a realistic way--not preachy or over the top. The story itself is a bit over the top from the very beginning, but it's all presented in a fairly light-hearted manner that makes the book a quick and fairly enjoyable read. Ms. Coriell crafted quite the cast of characters in this novel and each one of them has unique quirks and personalities that make them stand out from each other. However, I have to admit that I didn't feel a really deep connection with any of them. I enjoyed Chloe's quirky love of vintage shoes and her fairly straightforward, no-nonsense personality. I enjoyed watching her make Duncan open up just a little and the tension between the two of them. I liked the family dynamics--both Chloe's real family and what becomes her radio family. But I didn't fall absolutely, head-over-heels in love with any of them. For fans of light-hearted contemporary reads, I think this book will provide a few hours of pleasant escape--a story full of love, humor, and a happy ending. If you're hoping for a deeper exploration of growing up and friendship's ups and downs, you probably won't find it here.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    Welcome, Caller is a book which revolves around Chloe Camden - j

    Welcome, Caller is a book which revolves around Chloe Camden - junior in high school, best friend's with Queen Bee Brie, and loves vintage shoes. Until one day, Chloe is unexpectedfinly snubbed by her two best friends. What follows is a series of events in which Chloe learns some life lessons, including how to not be self-centered.


    Self-centered, is exactly what made me dislike Chloe as a character. Almost through-out the whole book, Chloe puts herself first and makes her problems the world's problem's (so to speak). I found myself wanting to hit her, for being so blind to herself. However, she is also fun, which made me keep reading.


    Chloe finds herself along the way, along with a romance with Duncan, who has a whole stack of his own problems. She makes a new bunch of friends who work at the school's radio station with her - and she comes to realise there is more to life than just her.


    Lovers of contemporary fiction, and strong-minded main characters will love this book, and everyone else should give it a shot too - it just might make you think.

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  • Posted May 5, 2012

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    I do have to say that, Welcome Caller This is Chloe is a book th

    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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  • Posted May 2, 2012

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    Shelley Corriellk did a really good job making Chloe's ex-BFF's

    Shelley Corriellk did a really good job making Chloe's ex-BFF's trully unlikable, I felt no pity or regret of either of them, or for not liking them, as the books flows she makes you see that our acts have consequences and when Brie's and Mercedes's true characters are revealed and so are the reasons behind them that it ends with showing us that even thought people grow apart or sometimes we offered a friendship that wasn't real to the other person life goes on and we should keep moving forward.
    I really enjoyed reading this book, the idea concept of a student run radio being the main scene gave it the original edge that makes you want to pick up this book and read more about Chloe and her adventures on the radio, want to know if she will be able to save it or if its just too late.
    The dialog between the teenagers I feel moved easily and didn't feel forced at all, although I can't say the same about all the talk about the Mexican sisters, it's ok to talk about them a couple of times, but their presence was sometimes found in places that felt a little forced into or didn't really belonged.
    The way Chloe faced everything that was happening around her with her family, her friends and the radio station makes her a strong girl that never stopped believing in people or caring besides all the sadness that should have set her down I found that really admiring and make me like Chloe even if I didn't get the reason for her shoe collection.
    I really did liked this book, the only thing that left me feeling a little down about it that the friendships that Chloe did during this whole book didn't feel as strong at the end of the book and that is a great part of why this book got this rating.

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

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    I have two words for Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe: absolutely

    I have two words for Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe: absolutely fabulous!

    Shelley Coriell’s debut novel presents to readers Chloe Camden. She’s extremely brave and surprisingly strong for a high school junior. I loved watching her transition from the girl that lives to make people happy to the girl who knows how to listen.

    When Chloe’s world first started falling apart I sympathized with her. It seemed that her friends were just bailing on her without a cause. In reality, Chloe didn’t need my sympathy. She toughened up when fellow students tried to drag her down and she didn’t whine and moan over the injustices of high school. Before she found a home at her school’s radio station, 88.8 The Edge, her passion was definitely shoes, shoes, and more shoes! Chloe is a character any girl can relate to.

    Coriell’s writing is zingy, much like Chloe’s big personality. Welcome, Caller is a smooth read you don’t want to miss out on. Once I realized how big Chloe’s heart is I couldn’t stop reading. I could only hope she put the pieces of her life back together, even though it would be a bumpy ride.

    One of the first novels I thought of before reading Welcome, Caller was Sarah Dessen’s Just Listen. It wasn’t the style or plot that was similar, but the incorporation of how radio shows can make a difference in the hands of youths. It would’ve been cool if my high school had a radio show managed by students.

    Shelley Coriell has shown how a high school student, with a little backing from loved ones, can influence so many others just by being expressive and taking an interest in others. I’ve never met a character as big as Chloe and I won’t soon forget her either!

    *eGalley provided by Netgalley on behalf of Abrams.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

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    Okay, I’m not gonna lie — when I started this book


    Okay, I’m not gonna lie — when I started this book I didn’t care much for Chloe. She came across as this “Hey, look at me, I’m cute and nothing bothers me and boy am I quirky, dontcha love quirky?” girl and it grated my nerves. In a way, she kind of reminded me of a Zooey Deschanel and while I do like Zooey, I can only take her in small doses. She, like Chloe, seem to be forcibly quirky rather than genuinely quirky if that makes sense.

    The plot is fairly simple: Chloe finds herself suddenly ditched by her friends for some unknown reason, (and honestly, in the beginning of the book I would have ditched her, too) then, her school counselor makes her change her junior independent study project and she is forced to work at the school’s struggling radio station to help boost ratings. It is here that she is asked to host a call-in show titled “Chloe, Queen of the Universe”, which she is obviously not.

    While she bothered me in the beginning, I eventually found myself looking past Chloe’s “quirks” and “life is so grand” attitude as the book progressed. The writing was fresh and the storyline unique and enjoyable enough to keep me reading. There are a host of fun and interesting characters along the way, my favorite of which was Clementine. Maybe I liked her because she was a hard-ass, but she was the main character that I connected with. She also helped balance out all of Chloe’s eternal optimism. Duncan, the romantic prospect, adds his own sense of balance to the book through his troubled back story.

    By the end of the book I actually found that I liked Chloe — somewhere along the way she’d managed to grow on me. Even though she is a little too peppy, I kind of started to view it as a coping mechanism. She is dealing with a lot: Her Gran is slipping further into dementia thanks to Parkinson’s, her BFF’s have shunned her, she had to change her school project at the last-minute (among other things). All of this would be a little much for some people to handle, but not Chloe. Somehow, she manages to turn the situation into something good — something she can learn from. I think maybe we could all learn a little something from Chloe.

    If you’re looking for a fun, light read full of sunshine and puppies, real teen issues, and a surprisingly well-rounded cast, then check this one out.

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