I really don’t know why I don’t usually like reading this genre because Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe was a pretty fun, light and entertaining book. I highly enjoyed it and I seriously do not understand why it has taken me so long to read something of the YA contemporary or chick lit genre.
Chloe has suddenly been shunned by her two best friends Brie and Merce and she doesn’t know why, the whole school is whispering about her but she doesn’t know what they’re saying, her new school guidance counsellor has declined her Junior Independent Study Project (JISP) saying it doesn’t meet the qualifications and she has a day to come up with a new one, and at home her Grams and mother have started world war III because her Grams Parkinson’s disease is getting worse but she refuses to admit it and move in with them.
Chloe feels like her world is falling apart, she’s tried numerous times to apologise to her best friends even though she has no idea what she did wrong but they won’t have a bar of it, and with her new guidance counsellor suggesting that for her new JISP she should work with her school radio station and help them out with promotion work, she needs her best friends more than ever.
After the day of hell and missing the deadline for her new JISP idea she finds she has no choice but to work at her schools radio station, except no one really wants her there, no one really likes her ideas and even though she’s trying her hardest to pass her JISP she feels more like an outcast than ever. Then the radio station finds out they actually need Chloe and that maybe, just maybe, her new talk show will just be enough to keep them on the air.
Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe was a very fun book. I liked that it touched on issues about change and how people can change and grow out of their friends and hobbies and just maybe, that sometimes, that’s exactly what they need to be happy. I hated the way her old best friends were treating Chloe, after all, if they really were her best friends they would have communicated with her rather than spreading rumours and lies about her. That’s not friendship. Chloe finds that out the hard way, and it hurt having to read how lonely Chloe became after losing her friends and realising she doesn’t actually fit in anywhere any more, so she throws her heart and soul into her new JISP even though the staffers at the radio station aren’t very friendly to her.
The bigger picture of this book was touching, and true. Sometimes you need to listen more than talk. The only thing is I didn’t like how her new friends treated her after a huge disaster, I mean sure, they weren’t actually best friends. But it annoyed me that they too ostracised her even after she tried apologising for something that wasn’t her fault, making her more alone than ever. That would suck. I couldn’t imagine ever feeling so lonely.
This book did make me think though, even though it was fun and light it also had quite a few good points. In life you need to listen to your friends and family, but they also need to listen to you, it’s a two way street.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and read it in one night because I was having so much fun and was moved by the events happening in Chloe’s life. It definitely made me wish we had projects like that at the high school I went to.