Attention, Attention: Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe

Hello again! Remember this feature? Well, it’s making its 2013 debut! And today I must talk to you about:

welcome, caller, this is chloe.

To this day, I still remember reading Magan’s review of this debut novel from last April. (That’s saying something because I’ve read quite a few.) She was so unbelievably upbeat about the book, and I couldn’t wait to run out and read it myself. Months and months later, I am kicking myself for not making it a priority sooner.

Because my partner was so right. Chloe is “quirky and funny” even though she has a ton to deal with.

Her best friends have ditched her, and her senior project (which was supposed to be about soap operas) has been changed by the new counselor at her school, and now she is going to be working at the school radio station that is about to be closed down. (Doesn’t it remind you of that Saved by the Bell episode?) Chloe’s grandma, her closest relative, is dealing with with symptoms of Parkinson’s and she’s constantly in the middle of disagreements between her mom and grandma.

Author Shelly Coriell does an exceptional job of showing just how relationships can grow and change with time — from the perspective of family and friends. (Especially when it’s really no one’s fault.) But despite everything, Chloe is a girl you want on your side. She’s loyal and sweet and hilarious. She’s also so optimistic; I found myself wishing I tapped into my Chloe side a little bit each day.

There’s some oh-la-la romance (but not too much of it) and a lot of fun moments when Chloe is diving into her work for the radio station and embarking on some new opportunities. The book is incredibly well-paced, had me smiling from ear to ear, and I was really sad when it was all over. We all know that’s a sign of a great read! (Plus Chloe loves vintage shoes and Mexican food — love it!)

favorite quotes:

[Big thanks to Racquel from The Book Barbies for compiling these for me.]

the first sentence:

“I LOVED BEING A BURRITO.

Not the actual costume, a stinky ankle-length tube of compressed foam with scratchy shoulder straps. No, I loved the physical act of being a burrito—more precisely, of getting people to notice me—and I was good at it.”

her love for shoes:

“So where did my passions lie? Easy. My friends. Family. Dos Hermanas. Soap operas. Shoes. Definitely shoes. Preferably of the vintage variety.”

“Unique. I liked that. Unique things stood out, they made a statement, like vintage shoes.”

Big heart:

“You’re a warped soul, Chloe.” He didn’t laugh, but that half smile curved his mouth. Mission accomplished.

Some swoon (and more shoe love!)

“But that’s okay. Tonight I have eggs and cheese on toast and”—he tipped the sandwich toward me—“a pretty girl with a big heart on her sleeve.

That big heart did a big jump. With a laugh I lifted my right foot and waggled it to the side. “And great shoes. You can’t forget the great shoes.”

Her wacky friendship with Clem:

“You’re right.”

“What?” Clem thwacked her ear, vaudeville style. “What did you say?”

I let out a sound that was part groan, part laugh. “Clementine Radmore is one hundred percent, unequivocally right. Do you want me to get on the air and issue a royal proclamation?”

“Can you?”

I ignored the grin on her face.

If you are more of a visual person, you might enjoy Magan’s themed gift back inspired by Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe.

Now really, what are you waiting for?! Go check this one out!

Goodreads | Amazon

Estelle: Shelve It (7/22/2012)

weekly feature focusing on the books we bought, borrowed, and received from publishers

And it’s Sunday again! Funny how that happens! How has your weekend gone? Hopefully relaxing and productive! We’ve been hosting a garage sale for the past few days… and you know… some interesting people go to garage sales. Some good, some bad. Has anyone written a book about this? It could be a best seller! Anyway, here’s my vlog for this week, featuring me blabbing in my backyard!

Books borrowed from the library:

Miracle by Elizabeth Scott (Goodreads)

“Though it’s a fictional story, the truth about post-traumatic stress disorder is very real.  Seeing this issue brought forth in a young adult novel in such a quiet, yet alarming way earns so much respect from me.” – Ginger, GReadsBooks

“ I was yet again so emotionally invested in an E. Scott story that I felt physically spent after reading it – and that, my friends, is the mark of an amazing story.” Tara, Fiction Folio

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (Goodreads)
Losing Faith by Denise Jaden (Goodreads)

“A beautifully written book with a twist of mystery.” Tara, Fiction Folio

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers (Goodreads)

“Summers’ characterization and ability to make me connect with the stories she writes is unbelievable. The story was about zombies, yes, but ultimately, it was about fighting for your life.” Magan, RBR

Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy (Goodreads)

“This may sound weird or harsh, but I love reading a story where the MC is just utterly confused, frustrated, and spinning in circles. I remember what it was like to feel like every single thing was a major catastrophe, and I love reliving that pure emotion in YA.” Tara, Fiction Folio

“ I thought Terra Elan McVoy made Charlotte’s struggles feel real and authentic, because for some people their lives have more than one complication or twist.” April, Good Books & Good Wine

Other books mentioned:

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (Goodreads)
Bloom by Elizabeth Scott (Goodreads)
Never Enough by Denise Jaden (Goodreads)

Around the blog:

+ Time for some adult fiction! A bonus vlog! Get excited!
+ Pizza, Love & Other Stuff by Kathryn Williams, a review.
+ The Summer of Firsts & Lasts by Terra Elan McVoy, a review.
+ Counting Backwards by Laura Lascarso, a Magan-tastic review!
+ I share another story of teen angst set to music.
+ Kissing Shakespeare by Pam Mingle, a review.

Elsewhere:

 I dreamed up a wardrobe for Sam in Huntley Fitzpatrick’s My Life Next Door over at Sash & Em’s!
 So fabulous to meet Sasha in person & she is doing the ultimate Melina Marchetta giveaway over at S&E to celebrate meeting the author! 

Thanks for listening & reading! See ya around the blog!

Magan: Shelve It (6/17/2012)

weekly feature focusing on the books we bought, borrowed, and received from publishersHappy Sunday, friends! You may have noticed my absence this week on twitter and commenting on your blogs. We’ve been sailing the sea to Alaska to celebrate a big anniversary for my parents! It’s been an amazing week, but I’ve really missed you guys (as you’ll notice in my vlog because I mention it, like, three times).

I’ve gotten a lot (LOT) of reading done this week. I mention a few books in the video below that I finished before Thursday. Since I am writing on my phone, I’m having trouble adding links. I’ll update with links when I’m back at home.

This was taken on Thursday in Ketchikan, Alaska. A little view from our ship is included for ya.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdO-fKNNVE0

Books Mentioned:

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (Goodreads)
One Moment by Kristina McBride (Goodreads)
Call the Shots by Don Calame (Goodreads)

Around the blog this week:

– After hearing such high marks, I checked out The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen myself.
– Did you have mandatory summer reading in school? Estelle reminisces about hers.
– Estelle couldn’t wait to rave about From What I Remember…
– Coney Island, a new school, and romance found in Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando.
– Estelle + I found 10 more beach reads to share with you.
– I review Myra McEntire’s Hourglass, sequel to Timepiece.

Shelve It: 6/10/2012

weekly feature focusing on the books we bought, borrowed, and received from publishers

Hi! I’ve returned from the great depths of the ocean. Kind of. My brain is still in another galaxy so I hope some of this makes sense.

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols (Goodreads | Amazon) – Thanks to Small Girls, Big Business!

A Long Way from You by Gwendolyn Heasley (Goodreads | Amazon) – Thanks to Katie from Little Bird Publicity!
Daughters for a Time by Jennifer Handford (Goodreads | Amazon)

A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan (Goodreads | Amazon) – Thanks to the folks at Harcourt!
Middle Ground by Katie Kacvinsky (Goodreads | Amazon)

Around the blog

SSR: Drinks, Snacks, Books OH MY: books + food = a winning combination
The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty – an adult fiction review!
SSR: Big Kids’ Table: June & July adult fiction releases!
A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger: Magan reviews Kody’s latest.
SSR: Tune in Tuesday: Our summer listening picks!
SSR: Retro Throwback: BSC anyone?
Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker – perfect book for the season!

Giveaways

Our halfway report giveaway.
Ginger at GReads is hosting a Jennifer Echols giveaway!
…plus a copy of From What I Remember thanks to the authors!
Tara from Fiction Folio is hosting a Jessi Kirby giveaway!

See you soon friends!