"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." from Goodreads
I was asked to review this a few weeks ago and although having not heard of it before and it not particularly being the first book that would jump out at me from the bookshelf, something about it got my interest and I felt a need to read this book. I am so pleased I did!!
Firstly the cover is very cool. It tells you loads about the story, its bright so very eye catching and the model is very character appropriate. I think this was a great choice!!!
The story starts with our lead character Chloe Camden. She seems to have it all - she is very privileged, is popular & has awesome best friends. Quickly though her life somewhat begins to unravel, both in school and at home. Despite the rather angsty subjects dealt with Chloe manages to keep a very sassy teen image. Her speech is totally correct with how you hear teens speak - although at times, the OMGs could be a little aggravating, they needed to be there and by the end of the book I couldn't have imagined the book without them.
I adored Chloe's ability to carry on and keep her head held high whilst she was going through a lot of turmoil and strife. I found her to be such a positive and strong role model, that I wish I could have read about back when I was at school.
Before reading this I had never really thought about the world of radio and the work that goes into it both on and off air. I loved getting this little insight into it and actually would love to see / read more about it!!
On starting this I really wasn't sure I would like the characters or form any sort of connection to them, but I really did. The characters all became like friends to me and I will miss them, not being in my literary world.
I'm so hopeful that Shelley will write more books with amazing characters like I found in this!!!
Rating 4 Out Of 5
Due For Release May 2012
Published In The UK By Amulet (Abrams And Chronicle)
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