Gimme A Call- Sarah Mlynowski

Written By: Kellie - Jun• 08•11

Synopsis: 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? -Goodreads

Review: This book has such a fun concept! A broken cellphone gives a recently heartbroken senior the chance to talk to herself, over three years ago. She has the chance to make better decisions and change the things about her life that she’s currently unhappy with. Great concept, lack luster execution. Not bad, just not great.

The story tends to jump around too quickly to keep track of and not all of the changes that happen are fully explained. As young Devi makes new decisions, older Devi instantly see’s the consequences, but sometimes this is taken too far. Not every decision you make (in terms of who to date, for example) is going to affect anything in your future. It got a little silly. A lot of the action and character motivations in the book seemed to just be there to move the story along. Plus, Devi never got the corresponding memories that came with her new life, so she was always left in a bit of a daze, so I was usually just as confused as she was.

Devi (cool name) tries to make a lot of the same changes that I would. Do better in school, do more extra curricular stuff etc. But the main thing she attempts to change is the three year relationship between her and her high school sweetheart, Bryan. You can see pretty early that she’s doing this for the wrong reasons, but it’s still interesting to watch. Older Devi also goes a little crazy on her younger self, trying to push herself as hard as she can. This is another thing I could totally see myself doing.

Kind of random, but I love the cover on this one. It’s simple but really grabs your eye. Just glancing at it my mom knew it was something she’d want to read after I was done.

All that being said, it’s still a fun, light read. I seriously finished this book in less than 2.5 hours, that’s a new record for me. Plus, I got to do it while lounging around outside in the summer, so I’ll definitely call this book a great summer read.

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One Comment

  1. Becky says:

    Good review!! Ive heard SO much about this book on twitter. Thank to you ill give it a try =D

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