Additional Information: I bought this because I’d seen a lot of good reviews and it sounded fun.
Synopsis: 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.
200 words (or less) review: The cover of the book is like Chloe, bright and shiny. She is happy, caring and wants to prove there is fun in everything, even cleaning office buildings.
Chloe is also a little self-centered. Not with malice but with her mum and grandmother not talking to each other and Chloe’s best friends freezing her out she’s too busy to focus on the people KDRS – not that they really care either.
Chloe’s narration is charming, she’s funny and her positive outlook is really refreshing. Shelley Coriell strikes a beautiful balance between entertaining and dealing with some serious issues. The darker moments in the story are balanced by humour, such as her grandmother’s Brad Pitt obsession.
I thought this was going to be a sugar sweet fun story and as the book open’s with Chloe walking around in burrito costume I felt I had guessed right, but there is a lot more there than the happy girl and her vintage shoe collection. It’s not just Chloe that grows, it’s her family and everyone at KDRS. This is a really well written story and I can’t wait to see what else Shelley Coriell comes up with.