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Book review: ‘Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe’

April 2, 2012

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“Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe” by Shelley Coriell was a fabulous and quick read.

I enjoyed this book so much that I read it in less than two days, but I really had far too much time on my hands over spring break. Maybe if the most exciting NCAA games had been at a more convenient time, it would have taken me longer to finish a book. The people in charge of the tournament really shouldn’t schedule Kansas University games so late.

Chloe is an extremely extroverted girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. However, if she was a real person, I’m not sure if I would be friends with her because sometimes she tends to be a little self-centered, and she doesn’t always know when it is appropriate to make jokes.

The book starts right before the end of winter break during Chloe’s junior year. Her two best friends are mad at her, and she doesn’t know why. Everywhere she goes, she hears people whispering about her, and knows that her A-Lister former besties started it.

However, Chloe can’t waste too much time worrying about that because juniors at her school are required to do an independent study project, and her first idea was not accepted by her new guidance counselor, Anne Lungren.

A. Lungren, as Chloe thinks of her, suggests that Chloe work with the school’s failing radio station, 88.8 The Edge, which almost nobody has heard of, and has only enough funding to last for the rest of the semester. Chloe really wants nothing to do with the radio station, but she can’t do anything else. When Chloe first talks to The Edge staffers, a lot of them seem kind of strange and Clementine, the general manager, is outright mean.

Soon, Chloe convinces the more experienced staffers to let her have not one but two of her very own talk shows, with results of a survey to back her up. The radio station has never had nearly so many listeners. She becomes friends with the staffers (even falls for one of them), and although her ex-best friend is still destroying her reputation, Chloe herself gets a ton of publicity, as everybody wants to know what the pariah is going to talk about.

Readers ages 12 and up will love Chloe as she learns a few hard lessons through the course of this book, but you’re going to have to wait, because “Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe” will not be released until May.

— Naomi Grant is a freshman at Free State High School.

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