Monday, August 17, 2009

Exclusively Chloe Review

Exclusively Chloe by Jonathan Yang
Released on April 2, 2009
Summary from Goodreads:
Chloe-Grace can't help it—she's spectacular. How could she not be with celebrity parents who have been the queen and king of Hollywood for years? And Chloe is a celebrity all unto herself as well— she's the first celebrity-adopted kid in Hollywood. But now Chloe's sixteen, and she is tired of every undesired moment of the world's attention. She wonders what it would be like to be a "normal" kid in a regular school. To really understand it, though, she would need to go undercover. So after getting a "make-under" at the hands of her mother's fabulous stylist, she enters the "real" world. But she soon finds out that there is just as much drama there as there is in Hollywood....

My review:
Definitely not a really difficult book but rather, Exclusively Chloe is a book that's just meant to pass the time away. It really was quite an adorable book.

Besides how adorable it is, there were some stuff that bothered me just a tiny bit.

First of all, there were some parts of Exclusively Chloe that just didn't seem to be realistic whatsoever. The transformation that Chloe-Grace had to go through to transfer school? All she did was cut her hair short and wearing "normal" clothes. I personally don't think that'll help at all. They might not recognize you at first but, honestly, in an hour or two, I'm sure the whole gig would be over. And the fact that Chloe held on for two weeks just didn't make sense to me. Oh, and when one of the guy at Hollis High School was questioned on whether or not "Lilly" - Chloe's pseudonym at the "normal" school - looked like Chloe, he didn't even think she did at all. It just blows my mind sometimes.

And second of all, some of the characters weren't very well-developed. For example, Rachelle, Chloe's "best-friend" just didn't seem like a very good friend. In fact, there were times when I was pretty sure Rachelle was just using Chloe to get to all the "in" clubs. And she also didn't seem to be concerned about Chloe's parent's divorce. Well, she was concerned...for a few minutes and then it's all about clubs, shopping and other irrelevant things. And Vickie, Chloe's other close friend from Newton, just had this whole bad vibe going on. I mean, she seemed nice and stuff but I kept thinking that something bad would happen. However, despite these two not-so-great characters, the one character that was amazing was Luther, Chloe's mom's stylist. He's just so cool and he's also extremely funny. Like, he's trying really hard to play the dad role and he even goes the extra mile and creates curfews and stuff. Oh, and he's willing to give things - like, major things - for Chloe which just does it for me.

The ending was also too neat and too clean for any endings actually. It felt like everything just happened to settle down too perfectly and there was no "big fight" at the end.

Overall though, I thought the plot itself was quite fascinating especially with Chloe trying to disguise herself just to get a taste of what normal people lived like. The writing style itself was really quick and it was quite enjoyable.

My rating:
Plot: 9/10
Theme: 8/10
Characters: 6/10
Cover: 8/10
Recommendation: 7/10
Total: 40/50 = 80%

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