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Content Review: Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell

Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe
by Shelley Coriell
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Amulet Books (May 1, 2012)
Buy the book: Amazon
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.

  • Profanity:  Moderate
  • Sexual Content:  Mild
  • Violence:  None
  • Other Notables:  Duncan's mother is a meth user.
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After reading 3 very heavy stories about rape and suicide, it was with great pleasure that I picked up "Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe".  I was prepared for a mindless romantic comedy.  While there is some romance and quite a bit of humor, there is also a serious and thoughtful story underneath.  The main character, Chloe Camden, is a bubbly, outgoing, quirky girl who enjoys making people laugh and have fun while wearing a cute pair of vintage shoes.  What I like most about this character is that she's not over the top.  She is believable and likeable.  She deals with some serious life issues but almost always with an optimistic outlook.  She does her best to fix problems but is willing to move on if that's not possible.  It was also interesting to get an inside look at the daily operation of a radio station and all that is required to put a show on the air.  This was a very enjoyable read and I gladly recommend it.