Thursday, February 23, 2012

Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski

Title: Gimme a Call
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Publisher: Ember
Publication Date: April 27, 2012
Source: Borrowed from a friend
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Summary: A new life is just a phone call away! 

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? 

Review: Gimme a Call is a fun, and sometimes quite silly read, that really examines the question: If you could would you go back and change your life?

When Devi drops her phone in the water fountain at the mall she picks up the phone and calls her freshman self. (The Devi that drops the phone into the fountain will be referred to as IVY and the Devi that picks up the phone that is a freshman will by DEVI--this is how it is in the book.)

I was instantly enamored by the idea of telling your younger self what to do better. Though, if I got the chance I'm not sure I would because some major stuff goes down because of Ivy's meddling. Mlynowski handles the concept brilliantly. I really was never confused about what was going on in the lives of the two girls, mostly because Mlynowski is such a great writer. I was so surprised by the writing style. It was just so much fun!

Devi was definitely my favorite of the "two girls" despite them being the same. She was just a lot more fun and younger and definitely not as emotionally traumatized as Ivy. Ivy was still a good character, but she used Devi so much and it just mean! Devi and Ivy are two totally different characters with very different narrations. I was so happy that the switching narrations didn't sounds the same.

Gimme a Call is very fast-paced and there is almost never a dull moment. It was just a very enjoyable read that had a great pace. I especially liked the end. It gave hints of what happened but it's quite opened ended.

Gimme a Call is a great read, especially if you're looking for a book that has a unique concept that's handled really well. It was just a pretty fantastic read. I can't wait to read more from Mlynowski!



Mary @ BookSwarm said...

Wow--that's a really creative idea! I dimly recall hearing a little about this but not enough to get excited. Your review, however, makes me want to pick it up!

Lauren M said...

I loved Sarah's Ten Things We Did, so I really should go and read her other books. The concept behind this one sounds really great--there's a ton of potential for drama. Thanks for the review, Katie! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

Lisa said...

This is an interesting concept that I think we all think about now and then. The situation would be hard because anything you told your former self could change who you are today, your past and your future. That is too scary for me to deal with. I like who I am now and even though it would be nice to change some things in the past I wouldn't want to change who I an now.

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