From Goodreads: 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. Ostracised 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 Chloe opens with the line "I love being a Burrito" no not the food product, the act of being a Burrito getting people to notice you and that is Chloe Camden to a T, she is the loud one, with great shoes and always ready with a joke to make you smile, well that is until her two BFFs Brie (or cheese girl as Chloe calls her) and Mercedes drop her very publicly and her new school counselor decides her JISP (Junior independent study project) doesn't make the criteria, so she is signed up to help promote the failing school radio station KDRS 88.8 The Edge. The Edge is run by an eccentric mix of outsiders, including the viciously protective Clementine and the fixer Duncan, Can these outsiders help mend Chloe?
I really disliked Chloe at the start of this story she was full of herself, needy and I really didn't know how I was going to gel with her as the main character, but luckily her attitude changed and by the end of the book I was rooting for her and her retro shoes. Chloe's Grandmother was a fantastic character I absolutely loved her and her obsession with Brad Pitt.
I think the author dealt with the difficult issues included in this story very well, the issues added some depth to the story, making it less of a cutesy summer read and more mature and believable.
I loved that it didn't fall into the usual trap of the boy/girl falling at each others feet immediately it was nice that the relationship between Chloe and Duncan slowly progressed throughout the story and that Duncan wasn't your usual male character, he was quite awkward and shy which left Chloe calling the shots most of the time.
I would recommend Welcome Caller to anyone who is after a fun read with a dash of romance and a lot of heart. It was a refreshing change to read a cutesy story with heart, because lets face it, life isn't always rosy.
4 out of 5 stars
Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe is due for release on 1st May by Abrams. You can preorder your copy at Amazon or from your local bookshop. Thank you to Tina at Abrams for providing me with an early copy for review.