Don’t you love it when you can’t get a book out of your head? I just finished reading WELCOME, CALLER, THIS IS CHLOE by Shelley Coriell and it was absolutely one of those books. I found myself daydreaming about radio and cute shoes and boys with broad shoulders and nubby scarves. I was rooting for Chloe immediately out of the gate, and even with all of her flaws, I still wanted her to win at life.
Here’s the Goodreads blurb:
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. Readers will fall in love with Chloe as she falls in love with the radio station and the misfits who call it home.
I actually put this on my TBR list as soon as I heard about it, but time and pregnancy and baby prevented me from reading it until now. I expected it to be a light fluff read, but it had a lot of great insight and the voice was stellar. I read something about Coriell a while back (I forgot the article or I’d link it) where she mentioned she had multiple offers after querying agents and I am not surprised. This book was fun and spunky and wore its heart firmly on its sleeve–a lot like Chloe herself.
Have you had a chance to read this one?