Published: April 27, 2010I don't regret any of my life choices, because hey, they're the reason I am who I am today. But if I dropped my cell phone into a mall fountain and could talk to 14-year-old Jen? It'd be pretty damn tempting to give her all of life's answers from a wiser and more experienced point of view.
Delacorte Books, 301 pages, paperback
GoodReads Summary: Devi's life isn't turning out at all like she wanted. She wasted the past three years going out with Bryan—cute, adorable, break-your-heart Bryan. Devi let her friendships fade, blew off studying, didn't join any clubs . . . and now that Bryan has broken up with her, she has nothing left.
Not even her stupid cell phone—she dropped it in the mall fountain. Now it only calls one number . . . hers. At age fourteen, three years ago!
Once Devi gets over the shock—and convinces her younger self that she isn't some wacko—she realizes that she's been given an awesome gift. She can tell herself all the right things to do . . . because she's already done all the wrong ones! Who better to take advice from than your future self?
Except . . .what if getting what you think you want changes everything?
Which is exactly what happened to Devorah "Devi" Banks.
She lost her friends and her chance at an amazing college, all because she became totally enraptured by one stupid high school love. Haven't we all made stupid mistakes along this line? But lo and behold, she gets a chance to fix it! AND BOY, DOES SHE. It was really entertaining (and I got a little jealous) seeing how Senior Devi gave Freshman Devi ALL THE INSIGHT. You want to shoot for a Harvard scholarship? CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Wait, you want to date THAT boy? No, he turns out to be a total drug addict. DENIED.
But honestly? Senior Devi is a bit of a control freak. And nit picky. And never satisfied with anything. I wanted to smack her around just a little. Beggars cannot be choosers, Senior Devi, and you are on my last nerve. There weren't enough days in the week for Freshman Devi to do all her bidding. And man, she took it like a champ.
This is an extremely fast, entertaining read. I didn't expect anything less from Sarah Mlynowski. I think this would definitely qualify as a younger YA book, but it was fresh and unique, so I am satisfied. It was like The Butterfly Effect but with more kissing and friends and less mailbox explosions and Ashton Kutcher being scary.
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