Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe
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Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe

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Big-hearted Chloe Camden is the queen of her universe and loved by all until the Christmas holidays of her penultimate year of school. That's when her best friend shreads her reputation and her school counselor axes her independent study project. Forced to take on a 'more meaningful' project in order to pass, Chloe joins her school's struggling radio station, where she must team up with a group of misfits who don't find her too queenly. Ostracised by her former best-friends, lonely Chloe throws herself into the radio station where she ends up hosting a late-night 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 lovable misfits who call it home.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 147.32 x 213.36 x 30.48mm | 453.59g
  • Abrams
  • Amulet Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1419701916
  • 9781419701917
  • 664,769

About Shelley Coriell

Shelly Coriell has been a professional journalist for more than twenty years. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor and association executive.show more

Our customer reviews

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.show more
by Brenna Staats
When the first line of a novel is 'I loved being a burrito', you could easily guess that you're in for quite a different read! I didn't instantly love this book or the main character - it did take a little while to get into, especially as a British reader - there was quite a few americanisms and slang - but once I'd read a few chapters, I was easily drawn into this easy to read page turner. When we meet our protagonist, Chloe, for the first time, she is standing on a street, dressed as a burrito and wearing her trademark vintage shoes. As soon as we meet Chloe, we are introduced to her confidence and quite outlandish personality. I actually found her loud personality to be a welcome change in the Young Adult genre. She was extremely optimistic and self assured, which I understand could grate a little on some readers, as it certainly annoyed one character, Clementine, in the story. Some may find Chloe a little over confident at first, but as the book progresses, it's easier to warm to her - I certainly did. Although Chloe may seem like a happy go lucky, once popular, positive 'It' girl - she does know that she isn't perfect and neither is her life. Whilst, for the most part, there is quite a light tone to this book with a lot of humour thrown in, it's clear that Coriell isn't afraid to deal with real issues, from Chloe's grandmother having Parkinson's disease to dealing with substance abuse and abusive relationships. She has managed to weave these tough subjects into her story with ease in a realistic and sensitive manner. I think that including these aspects certainly helped to add something extra to the novel and give it a more credible undertone to the story. I found some of the scenes to be quite touching and though it did give a good representation of the problems, it didn't get dark or depressing. This book isn't just about Chloe - it's about a whole bunch of people around her. At the beginning, we learn that Chloe has been snubbed by her 'BFFs' for something that she's not quite sure of. It would've been interesting to learn more about these two girls, Mercedes and Brie who are mentioned several times throughout, but we gather that the three of them had a sister-like bond and were pretty popular. After being rejected by her once-friends, she then discovers that her new guidance counsellor is forcing her to start a new Junior Independent Study Project (JISP) - at the school radio station, KDRS The Edge. There, Chloe meets an eclectic mix of characters - misfits, outsiders, who consist of Clementine, Frick, Frack, Haley and Duncan. These people aren't trying to be quirky or 'unique', but they are - they are all quite quiet, yet still very distinct. Along with Chloe, I formed a connection with, and started to love, all of them - they did feel like a family and worked together amazingly well. Duncan was the guy in the group who also formed as Chloe's love interest. Their chemistry seemed to build naturally and I enjoyed watching their relationship progress. Personally, I really liked Duncan. He was the boy-next-door figure - he wasn't perfect, but he was sweet, caring and his heart was in the right place - he also had some mystery about him, which was good. As aforementioned, another character who plays quite a large role in her life is her Grandmother - 'Grams', who is at war with Chloe's mother over going into a care home because of her deteriorating health. It was really lovely to see how Chloe and her Grams interacted, they had a very loving, trusting and loyal relationship. It was interesting to see how Chloe reacted to the issue of care for Grams. The only thing I could complain about is the fact that I didn't feel as though everything was completely concluded - I would've liked to hear a lot more about some of the characters, particularly Brie, and the aftermath of the big twist at the end could've been explored more, but maybe that is me being greedy for more! Overall, this was a really fun read. Don't expect a literary masterpiece and don't take Chloe's attitude so seriously - embrace her enthusiasm, expect fun, laughing out loud and something that you won't want to put down for long.show more
by Stephanie Forster (Stepping out of the Page)
The book opens with Chloe, the protagonist, returning to school to find that she is ostracized for committing some crime in her friends' eyes. The "crime" is revealed early in the book, and I found it to be so minor that I didn't get why her friend got so mad. In fact, the steps Chloe's ex-friends take to get back at her are, to my mind, less forgivable than her original actions. within a few pages her life begins to crumble. Everything that she holds to as being sold slips away and Chloe tries to get use to a life of solitude. The battle with the friends takes up half the story. The other half concerns Chloe's Junior Independent Study Project, referred to as JISP, a pass/fail project that will determine whether she gets into a good college. Chloe ends up being assigned to the school radio station for her JISP. At the station she meets Duncan, who is in many ways her opposite, quiet and private, with a strange need to fix things. And he is cute, and complete oblivious when it comes to knowing what to do with Chloe, he just simply knows where she belongs but doesn't know how to tell her. At the radio station, Chloe at first finds herself an outsider, but it's her JISP at stake, so she turns on the charm,they decide to put her on the air. I wanted to like Chloe more than I did. I wanted there to be a bit more depth to her but mostly I just saw her bright personality, her ability to make others laugh, but I didn't find enough below the surface to make me genuinely care about her. On the other hand though, I did like her close relationship with her family, particularly her grandmother and mom. It was nice to see a family that truly loves each other, even if that love sometimes turns into anger and silences. Chloe and her Grams are very close and that was one of the stronger elements of the story. The friendship and love between them was both painful but also honest and nostalgic. Chloe is having a hard time seeing her grandmother becoming basically older and she doesn't know how to deal with it, just like Grams doesn't. I did like learning a bit more about the inner workings of a radio station. I liked seeing how the high school students dealt with this medium, how they produced their own shows and how they took charge of this station and made it theirs. This book wasn't what I was expecting but I don't think that's a necessarily negative thing for me. Overall I just was not very enamored with this story. It did not move me and it didn't make me feel strong emotions, at all. It was an okay story.show more
by Michelle da Silveira Bowkunowicz
Chloe's summer as a burrito has to an end, her best friends are back in town and school is just starting. But Chloe's world falls down around her when her so called friends turn their back on her over a silly, albeit still hurtful, mistake she made at a school dance. And in doing so, turns the whole school against her. Things go from bad to worse when her guidance counsellor decides that a project she has to do isn't worthy enough, and instead forces her to join the school's underfunded and struggling radio station. Chloe is a girl who goes through a major change in her life. Her best friends - so called, at least - have given her the cold shoulder, meaning the rest of the school has as well. Chloe, while well liked, is the victim of social status, and without her two friends, seemingly remains nothing in the big bad world of high school. The best thing that Chloe can do is stick her chin up and keep moving forward, which she does. And it's an admirable trait. She's strong and wilful, but at the same time she's still just plain normal, because hey, she has flaws like the rest of them. And Chloe's flaw is that she doesn't listen. She's stubborn (apparently a family trait), and she doesn't let go of things easily, which causes tension between her relationships. What I loved about Chloe the most is how much of an individual character she was. She had ***** and personality. Shoes were a life and death matter, and Mexican food can make the world right again. She believed wholeheartedly in everything that she believed in. And that kind of enthusiasm is just contagious. Radio in schools wasn't something that we ever had in Western Australia, especially not growing up. I know that while still a more common thing in America, school radio is dying out in favour for more modern technology (I did a bit of research afterwards, and some schools in America are using Twitter as forms of keeping kids up to date on school news. Twitter), and I loved the way that Coriell used it to her advantage. While Welcome Caller is light hearted, romantic and fun, there are some real issues that are dealt with in the book, that really give it that more depth - and make the whole book seem more of an experience that you've just witnessed rather than a light summer read that goes to the back of the shelf. Issues that are prevelant to teenagers in today's society - even though they don't seem like ones that they would deal with - like dementia, drug addiction, and more commonly, bitchiness and bullying. I think in all situations, Chloe handles herself extremely well - sure, there are times when you just want to throttle her, but for most of the time, she took it all in her stride and didn't let anything get to her too much. Four for you Chloe, you go Chloe! Definitely a great book to read, I would recommend Welcome Caller, This is Chloe to anyone who wants romance, laughter and a few tears as well. Welcome Caller is a heart-warming read that will stay with you for a long time.show more
by Hannah
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!show more
by theEPICrat
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