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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 s...more
Hardcover, 299 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Harry N. Abrams
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Jo
2.5*

Quick Note: I think I did this book a great injustice reading it straight after I'd finished The Queen of Attolia. No book really stood a chance after that.
So I feel I must apologise to Ms Coriell.

I hate writing reviews for books like this.
Because this book was OK.
It wasn’t atrocious and it wasn’t fantastic.
It was just OK.
The writing was great and the teen dialogue didn’t seemed forced not did it try too hard to be “with it”. Something that I feel is always a plus because so many YA contemp...more
Reynje
2.5 stars


Oh, Chloe. If I came across you on a street corner (most likely while you were dressed in your burrito costume), I’d probably scurry past giving you the side-eye.

But secretly I’d be wishing I’d had your kind of enthusiasm.

This basically sums up my feelings about Welcome Caller This Is Chloe. It’s an earnest, fun, enthusiastic book – but, ah, not really me, as much as I wanted to love it.

The story follows perpetually positive, extroverted Chloe as she stumbles down the social ladder, n...more
Catie
This book exceeded all of my expectations.

I should probably explain that I almost never truly enjoy “fun” and “fluffy” reads. I am that person who’s basically a constant rain on everyone else’s parade. I am that person who writes underwhelmed reviews for everyone’s gushy, romantic favorite. When a goodreads friend joked that me and my two readalong buddies were the Powerpuff Girls, I thought that was actually a very good predictor for how this readalong would go:

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I am Buttercup…through and thro...more
Jasprit
There are some reviews that come real easily that before you know it, you’re reviews already done. But this review for Welcome Caller this is Chloe was so difficult to write. I think it was largely because after finishing it I was still in two minds about how I felt about it. On the one hand it was funny and full of laugh out loud moments and then at other times I kept questioning myself why am I still reading this?

Chloe finds herself in a tough spot, her two best friends Merce and Brie don’t wa...more
Maggie
This book starts with 16-year-old Chloe Camden willingly and cheerfully dressed in a burrito costume so, naturally, this book started with me rolling my eyes at Chloe Camden. I'm not the only one as Chloe's best friends are freezing her out for reasons unknown to her. She figures this will blow over and returns to more pressing concerns, namely her Brad Pitt-loving grandmother dealing with the onset of Parkinson's and her Junior Independent Study Project (JISP) being rejected by the new school c...more
Nicola
This review first appeared here on my blog.

Welcome Caller, This is Chloe is the first book I've given five stars to this year and it earned every one of those stars! I was first drawn to this book by the interesting colours used on the cover and I just had to know more. The description sounded so unique and unlike anything I'd read before- I'm always on the look out for an idea that is different to everything I've read before and this book certainly delivered on that!

I will admit that I was not...more
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
When the first line of a novel is 'I loved being a burrito', you could easily guess that you're in for quite a different read! I didn't instantly love this book or the main character - it did take a little while to get into, especially as a British reader - there was quite a few americanisms and slang - but once I'd read a few chapters, I was easily drawn into this easy to read page turner.

When we meet our protagonist, Chloe, for the first time, she is standing on a street, dressed as a burrito...more
Yarethzia
oh. my. gawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwd.

Are you feeling down and need a book that'll give you a laugh?
Then, Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloeis the perfect book for you.

Okay, the plot was great. It was as Ms. Lungren, Chloe's school counseler, would say, purrrrfect.
It has everything people want in a book, realistic plot, relatable characters, and a sarcastic yet hilarious main character.

Chloe is a hilarious, fun, yet strong character. If I could choose a character in a book to be my best friend, Chloe would be...more
Fred
Feb 25, 2012 Fred rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Audrey Wait, The Naughty List
Recommended to Fred by: Netgalley
Chloe Camdem is a girl of large enthusiasms and small self-consciousness. She's pretty, popular, and the youngest child of a large, happy and wealthy family of doctors (who are all a bit too busy for her, actually). Despite those trappings of entitlement, Chloe's the kind of girl who's not too cool to enthusiastically wear a burrito costume advertising the Mexican restaurant where she works and finds friendship, inspiration and guidance. She also spends lots of time with her grandmother, whose f...more
Riya
Originally posted at http://www.teenbookguru.com/2012/07/r...

**A review copy was provided by Amulet Books (thank you!!)**

"Sometimes change sneaks up on you, carried in on the breath of spring, sliding through the sun-soaked waves of summer, breezing along the whisper and crackle of fall. Other times change prefers a more direct route. It comes down fast and hard. Wham! Like a ginormous hammer."

Chloe Camden's purrrrfect (as her counselor would say it!) life, has taken a change... seemingly for th...more
Stormy
I adore Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe. I love the writing style, the characters, the cover, the story. It's unique, different, fun, and real.

Chloe is the type of person everyone loves to be around. That is until her best friends block her out and start spreading rumors about her. The whole school acts as if she has a plague. With no friends, Chloe doesn't know what to do with herself. She's gone from being the center of the universe to a lone tumbleweed twirling in a barren desert. She doesn'...more
Janette
I was glad to get an ARC of this book. It's a refreshing change from a lot of the dark, angsty teen books out there. Even though Chloe is dealing with some hard issues like back-stabbing friends and her grandma's failing health, Chloe handles the situations without the self-pity and dreariness you'd find in most books. I look forward to reading many more books by Shelley Coriel.
Racquel
Review also posted on my blog: The Book Barbies

Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe was not what I expected and that's a good thing! Going into the book, I thought it's going to be a cute, fun one sitting read and while yes it was fun, cute and I finished it a few hours, Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe still managed to weave serious issues into it's plot while still remaining to be a light read, A perfect balance between fun and meaningful!

Chloe has lost her best friends, her five brothers are away at...more
Martha

I didn't quite know what to expect from this book but I really enjoyed it, more than I thought I would.

Chloe Camden's best friends are acting strange and her new guidance councillor has rejected Chloe's proposal for her independent study. Instead Chloe is forcesd to join the failing radio station. Chloe is initially met with hostility, especially from radio-lover Clementine but things start to look up for her when she convinces the crew to take a chance on her radio talk show. Chloe ends up with...more
Rose
Oh, Chloe Camden, I think if you were a real person, you and I would likely be good friends. To be honest, Chloe would likely be friends with many people given the rather bubbly, infectiously spirited attitude towards life that she has. She's a cool character, maybe a little on the side of being too talkative, too brutally honest, and maybe too willing to jump ahead into any situation that strikes her fancy.

At least one can say that her heart's in the right place and that she means well.

So what'...more
Tabby -  IMReviews
Original Review - http://interestedmindsreviews.blogspo...

This time, I decided to try something out of my comfort zone. We all know I normally go for the romantic suspense - hot men on the book cover - make you sweat type of books. I will say, I am glad that I decided to stray. This books was well worth the read! I couldn't be more happier with it.

Here you have Chloe, who is facing something we have all gone through at some point in our lives. She is dealing with a family that is trying to make...more
Book Angel Emma
Returning to school after Winter break Chloe finds herself outcast by her friends. The subject of rumors, gossip and maliciousness, even her best friends turn against her. Not only does Chloe have to cope with the dramatic change in her social status but to top to all off she has to find a new Independent Study Project (ISP) or fail the course.

At first Chloe comes across as completely self absorbed and shallow. Although I have to mention that I adored her vintage shoe fetish, this alone sets her...more
Cheyenne Williams
I just want to give the cover artist for this book a vivacious round of applause. The colors, the clarity, the set-up, all make this cover pop. I can already tell this will be one of my favorite covers of the year.

What I liked:
Chloe has personality, that much is for sure. I respected her because even when it seemed like her life was seriously messed up sometimes, she kept on going. She didn't throw a pity party when her friends went AWOL on her or when troubled brewed at home or when her junior...more
Mitch
I shouldn't even have liked this book, but I really do. Sure, Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe has more than its share of flaws and Chloe's clueless and shallow and obsessed with shoes, but she's just so enthusiastic and means well, it's infectious. I think my grinchy little heart grew two or three sizes bigger while reading this. And anyone who knows me also knows that's no mean feat.

My rating's probably definitely inflated by how much I loved Chloe as a character though. She's the kind of over t...more
Kara
What a refreshing book!! TONS of laugh out loud moments, couldn't put it down so almost read in one sitting, LOOOOOVED Chloe and her adorable personality :) Couldn't believe how cruel her former BF became, but this book has such heart, romance and depth to it that the former BF became a minor plot issue. SUCH a great summer read and just what I needed, I highly recommend this book :)
*slight warning: there is mild profanity so if I recommended this book to someone and that's a problem then please...more
Emma
The cover of this book drew me in immediately. As I have said before I loved Pump Up the Volume when I was younger and always thought I might be quite good at hosting a radio talk show as I never stop talking!! Well the cover of this book made me think that it might relight my interest in broadcast radio (even if it did not seem that this was an underground radio show!).

After her friends turn their back on her, for something Chloe does not even know she has done, Chloe decides to throw herself i...more
Chanelle
For a contemporary book, this was pretty long. But I definitely wasn't bored and I definitely didn't feel like there were filler scenes or pointless chapters. Everything that happened needed to happen.

Chloe, for me, is probably one of the most infuriating characters I've come across in a long time. Seriously. I know, for the purpose of the book, she's supposed to learn some hard life lessons. But my gosh is she the most self centred person on the planet. She's the baby of her family, so she's us...more
Hilda
4.5 stars

Need a friend? Call Chloe. How about a laugh? Enter Chloe with joke book in hand.

Chloe was the queen of her universe. She has family that adores her, crazy grandma that is always up for Brad Pitt movies day, and two best friends that have been her friend for such a long time. Then everything crashes. Her older brother leaves her for college, her mother and grandma are in third world war, and Chloe’s best friends dump her because they consider her fail as a friend. In addition, there is...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Chloe's friends' complaints definitely have merit. Chloe is kind of annoying and self-obsessed. They definitely were right about that. Under most circumstances, she would be difficult to stomach as a narrator. She's such a brat, but one who thinks she's such a sweetie and so caring. No, honey. Just no. I prefer for selfish brats to OWN it. Like I do. Just sayin'. I mean, there's this scene where she calls one of her former BFs to try to figure out what's going on and she spends forever on the ph...more
Rebecca Gordon
I must admit I was hesitant about reading Welcome, Caller This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell but I did not need to be. Chloe Camden has a love of making people laugh and a love of vintage shoes. Chloe is a member of the popular crowd but she is not after her best friend turns the entire school against her. Chloe has to do an independent study for her junior year but is turned down for her desired project by the new counselor. Desperate Chloe joins the dying school radio station where she is also n...more
Beatriz  Lins
Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe, picked my curiosity not only because of its cover - which, let's admit, it's unique - but because of the premise. I was looking for a light, contemporary story, and right after reading the synopsis, I knew I had found it. However, after a couple of chapter, I realized that Shelley Coriell's book is a lot more than that.

Chloe Camden would be that girl in school who's charming and knows how to make someone laugh, even if the person is her worst enemy. She's clever,...more
Jetches  (My Not So Vacant Shelf)
This book was truly amazing and not afraid to touch, and in fact grip with its bare hands, the hard issues of life. We meet Chloe a fun loving and laugh sharing girl on the first page who just happens to be in love with shoes created before the 1960s. Not that anyone can blame here there. And within a few pages her life begins to crumble. Everything that she holds to as being sold slips away and Chloe tries to get use to a life of solitude, which is hard for a girl who’s always had 5 brothers an...more
Gabby
Bookmarks & Bookshelves

Shelley Corielle's debut novel is a quick and entertaining read. It wasn't the best written and could be awkward to read at times but, was -occasionally - a light read.
The story follows Chloe Camden queen of all things popular and her fall from grace, become an outcast, dealing with family and and forced to take up a new project so she wont fail her independent study class.


My thoughts about the character of Chloe, at the start and during the middle, were that I didn't...more
Mary (BookHounds)
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Jessi Larie
From my blog Auntie Spinelli Reads

Welcome Caller was bittersweet and touched on some difficult subjects like drug addiction, Parkinson's, and change, but still managed to stay light and fun.

The characters were wonderfully flawed and different in their own way. I hated Chloe at times, but she grew on me towards the end. She was self-centered and a bit vain, but her wit charmed me and made me giggle quite a few times. In the beginning I kind of just wanted to slap her - she was selfish, too girly,...more
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