Thursday, June 10, 2010

Gimme a Call by Sarah Mylnowski

Book review #45
Gimme a Call by Sarah Mylnowski
Rating: Four stars (refer to the rating system on the right)

Summary: (taken from Goodreads) 

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? 

Oh my goodness! That was one of the coolest, funnest, most ridiculous books I've ever read. The concept was really unique and it was executed beautifully.  I had a really really good time. Overall it was fabo as Frosh (freshman Devi) would say.

As Devi walks through the mall, alone on senior skip day, she drops her phone in the fountain. She thinks it's broken, but when she presses the send button she hears someone very familiar on the line. It turns out it's her freshman self, back when she had wonderful friends and an actual life. She ditched everything for Byron, but now that he broke up with her she has nothing. She finally gets a second chance to change things for the better...or so she thinks.

The chapters alternated between freshman Devi (Frosh) and senior Devi (Ivy). You got to see two versions of the same character and what a treat that was! It was crazy how similar they were, yet so different. Some things never change. I really loved Frosh. She was so relatable, definitely one of the most accurate freshman I've read about. I remember having the same exact concerns as her as a freshman...aside from her future self telling her what to do all the time haha. Senior Devi was a bit more dramatic and wacky, but I understood where she was coming from.

It was so fun seeing how one little decision can change everything. You learned so many life lessons from this one little book. You were taught to learn from your mistakes and to not cheat your way out of life. Sometimes you have to let life take it's own course. Oh and I almost forgot- this book was hilarious! I laughed and smiled so much. Yes, it's one of those. Books that can make you laugh that hard are priceless.

Gimme a Call is such an awesome read, it's as simple as that.  It was extremely clever and enjoyable. It certainly brightened my day. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone. Even if the beginning is a little bumpy, stick with it you'll be devouring it in no time. Pick this one up... soon (:


Kelley Vitollo said...

Oh. I really want to read that now.

Jami said...

Great review! I have been curious about this one, and this is the first review I have read for it. I will for sure be picking it up!

Robby said...

This book really was so cute. :D

Girl on a Mission said...

Great review! Now I'm sad I just sent this one away without reading it :(

Michelle said...

This book sounds so great, I really want it. Glad to hear you liked it so much! :D

Rowena said...

Ooh, this review made me even more excited to read this book. Now I just need to run out and buy it and then I'll be able to satisfy my craving for this book.

I'm most curious to see how this book pans out. It sounds like all kinds of fun.

Thanks for the review!

Mystee said...

Awesome review. Great blog..stopping by from the blog hop links :)

Kritter said...

Found you on the hop!! Can't wait to see more!

Kah Woei said...

Hi! Came in from the Hop. Calling yourself and changing the past. These kind of stories where you change the past always twists my mind.

Alison said...

Just found your blog from the Hop. I've always dreamed about going back to my past self. I'd love to go back to me in 7th grade and assure me that everyone's life sucks at this age and that I didn't need to feel like such a loser. Because I grew up and found that all my friends were miserable in 7th grade :-)

Krista/Tower of Books said...

I wasn't sure if I would like this one, but after seeing your review, I think I'll enjoy it. :)

Stephanie said...

This sounds unique and interesting. I like the idea of two parallel versions of the same character.

Erika said...

i've seen this book around but i never really paid it much attention, but now i see that i should have. it sounds amazing! it's definitely going on my TBR :)

Allison said...

I'm a little hesitant about reading this book, but I'll admit I'm pretty curious. I think I'll see if my library has it.