Review: ‘Gimme A Call’ by Sarah Mlynowski

If your current self could speak to your past self, would you? It’s like a giant, cosmic do-over. What would you change, if anything?

Devi and her long-time boyfriend have been dating all through high school. They love each other so much and spend all of their time together, almost to the exclusion of everything else. Then one day, it’s all over. Bryan has broken up with her right before their senior prom, and Devi realizes she has no one. She’s lost all of her friends, her parents are different people, she’s going to a horrible college and she doesn’t talk to her older sister much anymore. At the mall, returning her now former boyfriend’s surprise graduation present, she chides herself for being so stupid for wasting her time with Bryan. If she could talk to herself before she made that mistake, her life would be so much better. But of course, that’s not how things work, right? As she listens to Bryan’s last message again, her phone slips from her grasp and into the mall’s fountain. When she finally retrieves it, she is relieved that it still works – until she realizes that the only person it can call is herself…three and a half years in the past.

This book has been sitting on my TBR pile for at least a month now. I don’t know why I picked other books to read first; I think I thought this would be frothy and shallow, maybe? It was a fast read (well, I read it quickly anyway!), but I have to say that I enjoyed it immensely. This could have been a book about revenge or finding new friends or getting a new boyfriend or finding grace, but what it really is about is finding balance. It’s great to have a boyfriend, but have friends, too. Find something you like to do. Don’t give up everything for one thing. See the forest and the trees. Every choice makes ripples that affect us later down the road; as an adult, I can say “duh.” But as a high school student, college student? I know I would have benefitted much from a little future assistance!

But what if, after you know you can change your life, you think you know how to make these things better? You make a small change here, plant a suggestion there – what if it all just makes everything worse? What if the original not-so-bad was a lot better that the new hell no? Senior Devi and Freshman Devi have to figure out together how to keep friends, get into a better college, and deal with Bryan before it’s too late. And her phone battery dies.

The answer for Devi might be a little different than what she thinks it should be, but ultimately, it’s the right one. It just takes a little while for her to get it. As with most people, what we think should happen and does happen can be two completely different things. We can be surprised and humbled by the outcome. And most times, that’s the best answer of all.

4 of 5 Stars (Based on Ink and Page’s Rating System)

Genres: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary/Fantasy
Ages: 12 and up

Gimme A Call by Sarah Mlynowski was published April 27, 2010 by Delacorte Press.

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6 thoughts on “Review: ‘Gimme A Call’ by Sarah Mlynowski”

  1. Looks like you made a lot of progress with the read-a-thon!! Books read, reviews done! Check! 🙂 Great job!! I was able to read just over 200 pages, LOL!! So far away from where I once was…booo..! Oh well, that’s the nature of the beast when it comes to working…So, what else is new? I haven’t talked to you in a bit!! (other than our brief goodreads back and forth ;)).

    1. Like I told someone else, I did not have a promising start whatsoever! It’s back to school time, so I had many duties w the PTA as well as schedule pick up. Plus the kid’s bday (actual) and party day (Sat). I was so exhausted that I finished Grave Mercy on Sunday (all I did, practically, was read on Sunday). Since it is almost 600 pgs, that helped my numbers a lot!
      How’s the job? I am trying to find something part time that I can do at home as well. Would love it if it involved writing or editing.
      Summer was crazy, though really, we did a whole lot of nothing. I think I need more structure, so am looking forward to school and routine.
      How are you?

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