Thursday, August 9, 2012

My Thoughts: Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski

Published: April 27, 2010
Delacorte Books, 301 pages, paperback
Source: purchased
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?
I 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.

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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  1. I felt the same exact way about this book! I did want Senior Devi to chill out but it was understandable! Sometimes things make us crazy and Senior Devi was having a pretty bad life! Great review!

  2. I read this a couple of months ago and had so much fun with it! I wanted to smack senior Devi on several occasions as well.

  3. I've never heard of this book but it sounds fun. If I could go back to my 14 year old self, there would be a bazillion things different about my life! I need one of those phones. Ha!

  4. I've never heard of this book but I'm going to add it to my list in a few. I totally agree with wanting to slap some sense into the younger me, but where's the fun in that right? (Ugh. haha) I have to say ... I love the skirt in that cover. :) Thanks for sharing the review!

  5. It sounds like a really fun book! I would definitely have some words of wisdom from my younger self... but then, like you, I realize that I wouldn't be where I am or who I am without going through what I went through. I like that this book tackles the what-if of that situation though!

  6. "It was like The Butterfly Effect but with more kissing and friends and less mailbox explosions and Ashton Kutcher being scary. " This last line hooked me. I've heard about Sarah's books before, but it never occurred to me start reading now! Which, OBVS, I must do!

  7. I'm so glad to see you review this. I pulled it off my bookshelf recently and fully intend to speed read through it soon. I wonder what I'd tell myself if I could. Definitely to stay away from some boys for sure. :-/

  8. Hahaha! Loved the last sentence. LOL! Sounds like a cute, fun read and I love the cover! I hadn't heard of this one--thanks for the review!

  9. OMG I NEED TO READ THIS! I have a signed copy chilling on my shelves and holy moly I am pumped even though Senior Devi sounds like a B.

  10. Lol... your review made me chuckle.

    Btw, didn't you just LOVE the art cover in this book?? I want to look it up now.. sigh :)

    Thanks for the review!