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.
When you write realistic fiction, you really need to keep it, well, realistic. Which is why I had problems with the latter part of My Life Next Door. "Chloe" did not have this issue- I thought the ending was really well done. However, as much as I liked the main character Chloe, I just don't think that this book has characters that live off the page. That you take with you after you finish reading it. I don't wonder about Chloe's life after this book ends.
So, should you read this book? Yes, when you're looking for a light, fluffy type of read. "Welcome Caller" would be one of those books good for an in between read. Something to read after reading a sad, long, depressing, etc. book. Kind of a clearing the mental cobwebs type of book.
Overall rating: 3 stars
Genre Rating: 3 1/2 lockers
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