Thursday, May 6, 2010

Review: Gimme A Call

Title: Gimme a Call
Author:  Sarah Mlynowski

From 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?"

     I saw this book at a bookstore while I was at a technology conference and loved the cover.  There are times when I read the book jacket and decide against purchasing the book, but in this case, it is what made me want to read the book.  I liked the idea of going back in time to try to fix the mistakes that you made and change your past.  I have seen this premise in movies occasionally, but I haven't really read anything quite like this book.  I found myself thinking about what I would change in the past and how that would alter my future.  I also found that some things I wouldn't change because if I didn't have the experience, I wouldn't be where I am today.  It's a fun read, but a thought-provoking read as well.  I liked the main character, Devi, most when she was her fourteen-year-old self.  I know that sounds weird, but when she is her seventeen-year-old self bossing around her younger self, I don't like her all that much.  It seemed to me that at times, Devi's younger self was more mature than her older self.  I really thought that the story would end differently than it did, but I wasn't disappointed by the ending at all.  I especially liked the writing style of Sarah Mlynowski... so much so that I wanted to purchase some of her other books as well.  I am hoping to read more from this particular author.

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