Thursday, May 17, 2012

Gimme A Call by Sarah Mlynowski

Gimme A Call by Sarah Mlynowski
Release Date: April 27, 2010
Publisher: Delacorte Books

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? -
I am an absolute die-hard fan of all Sarah Mlynowski books.  I fell in love with her books, and her as an author, with Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have.)  I went trolling around to find some of her other books and I am so glad that I stumbled upon this little gem.

Devi is being faced with something all teenage girls, and adult women too, have had to contend with... a cheating boyfriend.  By a strange twist of fate, Devi discovers that she can contact her fourteen year old self through her cell phone.  What ensues is an often hilarious relationship between Devi who is about to graduate high school, and the Devi that just started high school.  What would you tell your younger self if you had the ability to reach him/her?  What would you counsel yourself to avoid?  How would you correct all the mistakes you've made and redo things that could allow you to make your life better?  This is Devi's situation.  She has an opportunity to change everything.  But will these changes really make her happy?

There are some really excellent moral dilemmas in here that Devi has to learn from and work through.  The boy who cheated on her becomes kind of secondary to Devi's relationship with her younger self.

This was such a cute, funny, yet serious book.  I absolutely loved it and definitely recommend it to anyone.  It makes you think.


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