Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
“Because when you cared about people, you handed them a little piece of your heart, and with those hands, they had the power to cause pain.”
Big-hearted Chloe Camden is the queen of her universe until her best friend sheds 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 fun and joy in everyday life.
This is the second time that I’ve read a book by Shelley Coriell and I really enjoy her writing style. She can include all the aspect of life that one would want to see in a contemporary book. Her book always highlights the family and friends aspect rather than the love story around the protagonist. In addition to that, the aspect of finding one’s self is always present. I really enjoyed every bit of this book.
The characters are very relatable and it is very easy to sympathize with what they are going through. They will make you laugh, cry and other roller coasters of emotions. The plot is good and I like that it has every bit of everything in it. The depth of the story is topnotch. It would make you contemplate about life and your relationship with your peers without even realizing it. It is a very easy read, a good pick-me-up for a reading slump or reading hangover.
I have a very emotional attachment with Chloe with regards to the matter of dealing with former BFs and the author translates the feeling very well. I may have let my prejudices in the way when it comes to rating this book but I’ve contemplated for a couple of weeks before writing this review but the story still sticks to me.
A perfect 5 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed this book and I fly through it. I even stayed up late just to finish it because I cannot put it down especially when there are only hundred pages left. I highly recommend this if you want to read a contemporary book. I’m not an avid reader of contemporary and I may have low standards when it comes to contemporary books, but please check it out.😊