First Thoughts: Loved this book! I liked it better than the first one. I really enjoyed the dual-telling aspect of this story and the shifting betweenFirst Thoughts: Loved this book! I liked it better than the first one. I really enjoyed the dual-telling aspect of this story and the shifting between the past and present. My only complaint is that each story was so good that when the narration returned to the other one it was a bit jarring as I didn't want to leave the story I was in. Cindy Pon has a gift of narration and I fell in love all over again with Ai Ling and Chen Yong....she also does the impossible and makes you fall in love with the bad guy too! I really hope that there will be more in this series as I am so in love with the world she's created.
Shelley Coriell's Welcome Caller, This is Chloe has been on my radar since before it was published back in 2012. But life being what it is I never picked up a copy and then sort of forgot that it was on my wishlist. Then within the span of a couple of days two different people gifted me with a copy and so I took that as a sign that I needed to read it sooner rather than later. Welcome Caller deals with a common YA book trope in that the main characters BFF turns on them and the MCs social world sort of collapses. Chloe is a popular girl and unlike most popular girls she is genuinely nice so it made me wonder why she was ever friends with Brie in the first place. As Brie seemed to be hateful just to be hateful and her reason for turning on Chloe is so superficial that I thought that my eyes might roll out of my head.
Eye rolls aside though I really did like Chloe and I enjoyed her story. I liked her new guidance counselor and how she sort of tilted Chloe's world upside down by making her do a project that was a bit outside her comfort zone. Because by doing so she learned a lot about herself and her capabilities. I also really liked all of the characters at the radio station. They were quirky and unique and really fit well together. And then of course there is the love interest, Duncan, who is sure to find fans with those who liked Patrick Sheldon or Corey Livingston.
While I did like that Chloe was a nice girl there were times when she was a bit too passive about the things going on around her. There were times when I wish that she'd stick up for herself more like when there was an issue with her Grandmother and Chloe was held responsible even though she'd done nothing wrong. Not to mention that I also wish that she stood up to Brie more although I do like how Brie didn't have the total dominance that she thought she did on the school. That being nice does count for something.
Welcome Caller This is Chloe was a really sweet read and just what I needed at the time. It was a fun story and I loved Chloe's radio show. I enjoyed her growing friendships with the rest of the misfits and her relationship with Duncan. This book made my heart ache in all the good ways that I love. There are also some serious moments to the story that really helps to round thing out and make this even more realistic than some YA books out there. This book may be 3 years old but its still fun and timely and I'm only sorry that I didn't get to it sooner. It was fast paced and well written and I really need to check out other books by Coriell. Welcome Caller This is Chloe is a book that I'd recommend to all who like realistic contemporary fiction.