Review: Gimme A Call – By Sarah Mlynowski

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Title: Gimme A Call

Author: Sarah Mlynowski

Summary: 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?

Genre/Pages: Fiction/301

Rating: ★★ (2 of 5)

My Review: Well, blech. First of all, I apologize for the past 3 reviews being stupid light fluffy time wasting books. The next one won’t be, I promise. I really should have listened to my best friend when she DIDN’T recommend this book to me after having read it herself. It wasn’t awful, exactly. Just a complete and utter waste of time.

So, the plot. It started out with some interesting ideas, and I figured that it had a lot of potential as a great, fun, light read. WRONG! I mean, I didn’t *hate* it. I just didn’t like it. At all. At first it was just taking a serious extension of belief to even keep myself reading it, but eventually I was just having a hard time forcing myself to read it, simply because it was boring. The writing quality wasn’t all that great (definitely aimed at younger readers), and the plot/morals? Completely, 100%, predictable. I saw it all coming from the very beginning. So the whole book just seemed to be a bit of a waste, honestly.

The characters were a) not very well written/developed and b) just sorta annoying. In fact, it got to the point that I was reminded, unwillingly, of Leaving Fishers, a book about a girl who gets sucked into this cult that pretty much ends up taking over her life, and ruining her relationship with family, friends, etc. That’s pretty much how I viewed the Freshman Devi/Senior Devi relationship.

Content Advisory: Some mentions of “hooking up” and “making out”. A time is recalled when a character was caught on the bed with a guy. A lot of mentions of boobs; shape, sizes, etc. AWKWARD, but not really inappropriate.

To Sum it Up: Overall? It was… OK. Not bad. NOT good. And definitely aimed at younger readers. The story had a lot of potential, but just sorta fell flat. I was just chugging along slowly, trying to get through it. Anticipating the end. 3 years ago, though? I’m sure I would’ve enjoyed it. I’m just not really into time-killing ‘fluff’ books any more. I’d almost recommend it to ages 10-12. No older, no younger.

Have you heard of this book before? Have you read it? Did you like it?