30 January 2012

Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe; Shelley Coriell

Welcome, Caller, This Is ChloeWelcome, Caller, This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The second half of Chloe's junior year in high school is off to a Very Bad Start: her BFF Brie hates her (for some unknown reason), leading her other BFF Mercedes to hate her, ditto all the other girls in their crowd, her Mom and Grams are locked in World War III, and her Junior Independent Study Project has just been cancelled by her new guidance counselor. She's forced to do a project at the school radio station, a place filled with "outsiders" (eg, people outside her, Brie and Merc's orbit) and who seemingly hate her. Somehow, by the end of the book, she manages to make all this better.

One of the strongest images in the book is that of family. The words "clan" and "plaid" are used over and over, hammering home the fact that Chloe is one of those for whom family is extremely important - not merely her genetic family, but the family of friends with which she surrounds herself. What's slightly unrealistic is that her family of friends are so eager to believe the things Brie is saying about her, or that she was capable of posting horrible photos to OneWorld; doesn't it occur to any of them that this is completely unlike Chloe? Yet no one seems to question any of this.

There's nothing wrong with this book... but there's nothing outstanding either. It's a great read for Sarah Dessen or Stephanie Perkins fans.

ARC provided by publisher.

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