Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bookanistas: Welcome Caller, This Is Chloe

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. 


What I really loved about this book was Chloe. I read so many books about a shy, introverted main character who doesn't have a lot of friends or who is never noticed by any of her classmates. I know there are lots of girls like that out in the world, but there are also lots of confident and extroverted girls out there, too, who aren't getting represented much in YA. (Except as the foil to our shy, quiet main character, of course.) As I read this book I couldn't help but fall for exuberant Chloe and her wild shoe collection. This is a popular girl who isn't a bitch who runs into a problem and has a story about her...because popular girls are the center of their own stories just as much as the shy, quiet, bookish girls are. And I think their stories are just as interesting. 


The voice in this novel is so quirky and fun, but it's not just frivolous; the story has some surprising heft to it. It has a really entertaining cast of characters, a fantastic voice, and a really sweet story at the heart of it. I had such a good time reading this book and being in Chloe's head. I'm so glad she had the chance to tell her story, and I'd love to read more stories about girls like her. 




Check out what the other Bookanistas are up to today...




Elana Johnson more than “likes” BEING FRIENDS WITH BOYS
Nikki Katz is crazy about CREWEL
Stasia Ward Kehoe  adores BREAKING BEAUTIFUL
Katy Upperman wonders at WANDERLOVE
Tracy Banghart  takes a shine to A MILLION SUNS
Jessica Love is wowed by WELCOME CALLER, THIS IS CHLOE
Debra Driza marvels at MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH – with giveaway

8 comments:

  1. Oh, wow. This book sounds AWESOME. I'm adding it to my already way too long TBR, but I'm happy for that. And I'm so glad you guys spotlight some amazing books that I otherwise would've never heard about. Thanks for the review!

    PS - you were a winner in my giveaway contest. Just FYI. :)

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    1. Yay for being a winner! :-D

      And, yeah, I love book blogs, but I feel like it's always the same old books being featured. I love sharing new things!

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  2. This one sounds really cool, Jess, sort of like a lighter SOME GIRLS ARE... Definitely adding it to my TBR!

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    1. Yeah...a LOT lighter. ;-) This one is super fun and voicey.

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  3. I almost got that book because I'm collecting everything with my daughter's name. I wasn't excited about the character though. Popular is fine. Lots of friends is fine too but it lost me still. I liked it wasn't a shy, introvert girl too. I mean, I love Sarah Dessen's Remy in This Lullaby...party girl, used to sleep around... but this Chloe just bothered me. And I guess that's still a sign of a good character when it could bring up that grating annoyance in just the first chapter.

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    1. Aww, I LOVED Chloe! I can kinda see how she might bug some people, but I thought she was so sweet and so fun...just a little bit clueless.

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  4. I also LOVED Chloe! :D I really enjoyed her voice and her relationship with her grandma!

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