Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Review: Gimme A Call by Sarah Mlynowski

Title: Gimme A Call
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Release Date: April 12, 2010
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Source: Library
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?

Fans of Sarah Mlynowski's Magic in Manhattan series will love this hilarious new novel with a high-concept premise .
Review: I decided to read this book because of all the rave reviews of Sarah’s new book, Ten Things We Did (but probably shouldn’t have), and I knew that I had to read her other books. This was my first book by Sarah Mlynowski (I still have no idea on how to say that name…anyone know?) and it won’t be the last.

I loved the plot. How cool would it be that the only number you can call with your cell is to your own sell phone when you were fourteen? This is what happens to Devi after a break up with her boyfriend and after she drops her phone in the fountain at the mall. Devi is okay with this though because she, 17-year-old, Devi realizes that she can tell 14-year-old Devi what to do in order to not mess up their lives. That way, Devi won’t spend all of her time with a boyfriend who’d dump her before prom and have no friends life because abandoned them.

I think my problem with this book had to do with the characters. Devi, both at 17 and 14 years old, got on my nerves a lot. First, 17-year-old Devi wants to erase Bryan from her life forever. She’s willing to do whatever she has to in order to have a better, more perfect life. She doesn’t think about the consequences until something goes wrong. Then, when things go wrong, she doesn’t take responsibly for them. She just blames 14-year-old Devi who goes with it all. I just wished that both girls were written better.

Overall: 3.5/5
Cover Comments: 3/5 The cover is so....blah. It's too plain for me and this book. I get the whole phone and the girl think but still people!


  1. Bummer that Devi wasn't a better character (at both ages). Nice honest review, though! :)

  2. I pronounce it mill-en-ow-ski. :P
    It's a bummer Devi wasn't the most lovable protagonist...but at least the concept of the story was fun! :)