Published by Abrams
Pub Date: May 1st 2012
Format: ARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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 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.
Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe was just the right amount of lightheartedness that I needed. I found myself laughing so much throughout the course of this story. I loved Chloe’s big personality, and I enjoyed the characters at the school radio station a lot. I kinda loved Clementine, the station manager. Every time she would heave a huge dragon sigh, or say “Oh my gaaaaaaaaawd!” I busted out laughing. I’ve also found myself saying “Oh my gaaaaaaaawd!” a lot lately, lol. It’s just fun to do it! Duncan, our love interest, was such a nice guy! But he had big issues that caused him to suck at communicating or expressing himself with words. He’s the type that SHOWS you he cares by being there when you need him. And while that’s nice, sometimes it’s not always enough.
I was really sad at the way Chloe’s best friends were treating her, especially because it was something that could have been solved with talking about it, but that’s the way some teenagers work. I sure had my share of those situations where if they had just TOLD ME what the problem was, it would have saved us a lot of grief. It was also really devastating seeing these kids’ families struggle with things from substance abuse to health issues to divorce. There was a lot going on at home, and it just goes to show that what may seem perfect from the outside isn’t always what the reality is.
I’d recommend this book to fans of Sarah Dessen. It has those same story elements but with more humor added in.