Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe – Shelley Coriell

Synopsis from Goodreads.
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.

Quick Note: I think I did this book a great injustice reading it straight after I’d finished The Queen of Attolia. No book really stood a chance after that.
So I feel I must apologise to Ms Coriell.

I hate writing reviews for books like this.
Because this book was OK.
It wasn’t atrocious and it wasn’t fantastic.
It was just OK.
The writing was great and the teen dialogue didn’t seemed forced not did it try too hard to be “with it”. Something that I feel  is always a plus because so many YA contemporary books skip merrily down that path.
And that path should be hidden with traps full of spikes and…. um, bears, or something equally gnashy.
And I loved, loved, loved the concept.
School radio?!

However, it took me absolutely ages to get connected to the characters in this book. Chloe grated on me from the get go (she reminded me of the type of girl who would wear a sign around their neck announcing“Free Hugs”… um, no. I hate girls who try too hard to be kooky.)
She was too self-obsessed, too optimistic (I know that’s a silly low point but seriously… no 16 year old is that giddy over anything to do with school!) and she was oblivious to other people’s feelings.
Also, what was the deal with all the shoes?
I like shoes… but they don’t inspire me to use them as part of a metaphor for my life.
Same goes with Mexican food.
Duncan, the love interest, was fine, I guess. He didn’t make me swoon and my heart tremble but he liked scarves and he could fix things and he had a past/
They’re so dull if they don’t have a past.

The whole argument with her friends didn’t make sense to me. But saying that, I tended to side an awful lot with Brie. The evil, blonde Queen of the School.
Also… do American girls really wear pink frosted lipstick? Or is that only if they’re a bitch?
Anyway, I digress.
Like I said this book was fine. It didn’t blow me out of the water but it didn’t make me want to put rocks in my pockets and then go paddling.
I know in my heart of hearts that people who aren’t as cynical and impatient as me will love this book and if you’re looking for a cute, romantic, easy read then this book is definitely from you and I would wholly recommend it.

I received a copy of this book from the publishers. 

4 thoughts on “Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe – Shelley Coriell

  1. Thanks Emma, you will probably love it. I think it just caught me at a wrong time! There were some definite sweet moments though :)

    I'm not sure actually, I got this from Netgalley. On Ms Coriell's website it says “Foreign Editions Coming Soon”… if that helps?

  2. haha! You crack me up. I agree, it's really hard to review a book that's just OK. Much easier if you love or hate it! I've got this in my TBR pile too, but I'm afraid I'll feel the same!

  3. Pingback: ARC Review of Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell | Great Imaginations

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