Friday, April 1, 2011

Review: Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski

Title: Gimme a Call

Author: Sarah Mlynowski

Release Date: 04/27/2010

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Pages: 320

Finished Reading: 08/14/2010

Source: I won a copy of this book in a contest.

Synopsis (via Goodreads): 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?

Fans of Sarah Mlynowski's Magic in Manhattan series will love this hilarious new novel with a high-concept premise

In a Sentence: When Devi’s phone made a call to her younger self, she never realized how much her new choices would change the life she had come to know.

Overall Rating: 5

Plot Rating: 5

Character Rating: 5

Writing Rating: 5

Review: Excellent, adorable book. I loved both Devi and Ivy and their separate, but similar personalities. The way that the story was written was extremely engaging and I couldn't put it down. Definitely a must-read!

When Devi's phone falls into a mall fountain, the only number that she can call is a younger version of herself. She decides that she was provided with this opportunity so that she could "fix" all of the things that have gone "wrong" in her life. Unfortunately for her, she doesn't understand the complications that arise out of making one single choice differently. What makes it worse is that each time she has Ivy (her younger self) make a decision that is contrary to Devi's decision at that same age, Devi's world changes, but Devi's memories do not change along with it. Therefore, after each new change, she is left confused and frantically trying to keep with the new reality without letting her friends know why she's really acting so oddly.

In the end, the ability to talk to her younger self and the decisions that they both make, make both Devi and Ivy into better people and change both of their lives for better.

Cover: While the cover is simple, it fits well with the story.

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