**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 the worse. Her two best friends have completely ostracized her, taking her place in the A-list with them; her Junior Independent Study Project has been rejected by the review board; and things at home between Grams and Mom have gone from bad to worse.
But Chloe is determined not to let any of it get the best of her - not even when Brie (her EX- best friend, and the most popular girl in the grade) starts spreading nasty rumors about her... or when Grams floods the house... and ESPECIALLY NOT when her new puurrfectly kitty-like, green eyed Counselor suggests joining the school's set-up-for-failure Radio Station, KDRS 88.8 The Edge. Still, Chloe's always up for a challenge, and with super brooding, misunderstood, broad-shouldered, hunk of a guy Duncan Moore alongside her, she steps up to the plate... and tries to make this old, forgotten about Radio Station popular again, not only for her JISP (Junior Independent Study Project), but to show herself that she can do it.
This book was a light, refreshing read with a lovable, funny heroine. While I didn't fall madly in love with it, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The beginning was a little bit slow, and it took a while for it to pick up pace, but once it did, I was fully absorbed. I finished it in one sitting! Chloe was a really easy to fall in love with type of MC, and I'll admit, I fell for her, and her lovable, quirky, cast of misfits over at the Radio Station. Where at first they aren't too sure of Chloe and her 'skater girl' ways, it's not long before they are one hundred percent behind her.
Oh my gaaaaaaawwwd (as Jester Clem would say!), I loved Duncan Moore. He was hard-working, sweet, caring, and patient. AND he had broad shoulders!!! Hehe I kind of have a thing for broad shoulders if you haven't noticed already. When Chloe started noticing him, my heart dropped, because I was pretty sure that Chloe would just 'use' him, but she didn't!!!
Chloe surprised me in a lot of ways, actually. At first I thought she was just the kind of girl who didn't really care about anyone else and was so self-absorbed in her own problems and life, but later on I started to notice that she started caring and noticing other people, and I think she really started to realize that she's not the only person with problems. Chloe, while she was definitely not perfect, was one of the most confident female characters that I've read about in a long time! She was strong, and completely believed in herself. It was a really nice, refreshing change!
Welcome Caller, This Is Chloe, is a moving, light read that tackles a whole range of problems, from family issues, and popularity, to alcoholism and drugs... all the while remaining a fairly easy and fluffy read.
Are you feeling down in the dumps? Need a light read to cheer you up and make you laugh? If so, Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe, is the perfect book for you. ...more
It all started in Delirium, the bestselling Dystopian debut of Lauren Oliver's. Amor Deliria Nervosa, the ticking time bomPosted at The Teen Book Guru
It all started in Delirium, the bestselling Dystopian debut of Lauren Oliver's. Amor Deliria Nervosa, the ticking time bomb... deemed as the deadliest of all diseases in Lena's futuristic society. Some of the most common symptoms (according to the book of Shh...) are anxiety, overwhelming feelings of desire and happiness--- but, be warned that they never last long, mood swings, and the willingness to put the other person (who infected you) before yourself and ultimately, risk your life for them. Otherwise known as LOVE.
Let me just start off by saying how much I LOVED (no pun intended) Delirium. What a great idea, and it was just such a beautifully brilliant story which captivated me until the very end. Lauren Oliver's writing was poetic and so emotive... there were times when I actually found tears in my eyes! The characters were so likeable (especially Alex!), and it was a pleasure to read.
And... (I am so happy to say!), that I can speak no less of Pandemonium!! In Pandemonium, Lena is back, with a bite! The Wilds have made her hard, and where she used to be soft, she is now tough and ferocious. She has become a survivor. At first I found it difficult to believe that the Lena in Delirium was the same person as Lena in Pandemonium. And, as much as I longed for the old Lena, I have to say that the new her was just such a kick-ass, cool warrior chick!!
Throughout the whole novel, however, I kept feeling like something was missing... like there was something not quite right, that I couldn't put my finger on, until now. Alex. ALEX! There was FAR TOO LITTLE Alex for my liking, in Pandemonium. That was the only thing that made me not like Pandemonium as much as Delirium. Alex. *sigh*
Although there was a new love interest, and you won't believe it, but it's Justin!! I'm not sure if you remember him... there were only a few snippets of him back in Delirium. For those of you who don't know, Justin is the son of the President. Yup. That's right. The tough warrior/rebel chick, and the (seemingly) spoiled, cowardly, and (at first) one dimensional President's son. It sounds like it would never work in a million, trillion years, but it was surprising... (and Alex fans are going to hate on me for saying this), but I kind of liked him. Let me tell you why. In the beginning, he is portrayed as the timid, scared, overruled son of the almighty, evil President. But as the story progresses, he begins to open up, and by the end of the novel, he is a completely different person. How Alex saved Lena and opened her eyes to a whole new world, Lena helped Justin in the same way.
And now, onto the part that has caused so many mixed feelings to rage inside me ... the ending! I literally groaned out loud in frustration. Argh. Damn that brilliant, perfect, wonderfully frightening and heart stopping ending. Must you fill me up with so many bizarre emotions? And, how is it possible for me to be filled with so much adoration for you, but hate you at the same time? Y'all, if the wait for Pandemonium was hard, the wait for Requiem, the last book in the trilogy, is going to be pure torture.
I hope that everyone reads this trilogy, and please... PLEASE don't let your fear of the ending, or anything else stop you from reading Pandemonium. Even if you didn't like Delirium, give it a go, because you might really enjoy Pandemonium. And if you did like Delirium, and you haven't read this yet.... what on earth are you waiting for?!!...more