Gimme a Call

Gimme a Call
Age Range
12+
Release Date
April 27, 2010
ISBN
038573588X
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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?

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Penny for your thoughts; a cell phone for a chance to do it all over again...
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Have you ever wished you could go back and do things differently? Maybe tell a younger "you" who to be friends with, who not to date or what fashion trends to skip altogether? I know I HAVE! I've said many times that I if I could have the chance to talk to my teenage self again I would in a heartbeat!

Devi Banks is almost through her Senior Year of High School and is having quite possibly the worst day of her life when the she accidentally drops her cell phone in a fountain at the mall. After retrieving it she discovers that it still works (thank goodness!) but there's a problem...no matter what button she pushes, she keeps getting the same girl who claims to be her, Devi Banks. What. Is. Happening?!

Devi (the first one) quickly realizes that right before her cell phone fell into the fountain, she "wished" there was way she could talk to her Freshman self - tell her how not to screw up her life to the point that it is now in her Senior year. She figures out that when she uses her phone, she's actually calling herself, her younger, 14 year old self! Her wish has come true! She now has the chance to go back and change her life, that is, if she can convince herself, her Freshman self, that she's, they're not crazy and that she (Freshman Devi) is actually talking to herself from the future. Confused yet?

Once they figure out that they are the same "Devi" they get to work on "their" life. The first problem to fix? Bryan. (world peace can wait) Bryan is Devi's boyfriend who by Senior year has broken her heart. We don't know exactly what's happened but we do know that they meet at a party Freshman year, one that Freshman Devi, or "Frosh" as she decides to go by (to make it easier to keep track of whose who) is on her way to the day of the cell phone disaster. We also know that by Senior Year, Devi has no girlfriends, her family life is struggling and her plans for college look grim. Basically, she's staked her whole High School life around Bryan and now she's all alone.

The story progresses and is filled with hilarious conversations between Devi and Frosh as they continue to make changes in the past that have immediate effects in the future. Some of these changes are positive and don't just affect Devi and some of the changes aren't exactly what she was hoping for. (One decision Frosh makes takes Devi from a normal teenager one minute, to a spiky, pink haired, delinquent in a heartbeat!) The one thing that remains a constant throughout are her memories, especially the ones of she and Bryan. No matter how hard she tries to change her past, to rearrange it so he's not a part of her life, he still manages to play a key role. There are some pleasant surprises and Frosh makes better choices than Devi does the first time around even if it's not what she wants her to do.

One of the things that makes this story so enjoyable is that the characters are one in the same so when they are arguing, they are doing so with themselves. I found myself wondering what my conversations with my 14 year old self would sound like and I couldn't help laughing. There is a part of me that really would like the chance to talk to a younger version of myself and make some changes but only if I could have an "out", a way to keep things as the are now if I didn't like how they turned out. If I ever get the urge, maybe I'll just go looking for a fountain, make a wish and instead of dropping a nickel, I'll drop my cell phone instead. :)
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Great book!
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Excellent, adorable book. I loved both Devi and Ivy and their separate, but similar personalities. The way that the story was written was extremely engaging and I couldn't put it down. Definitely a must-read!
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Gimme A call!(;
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Reader reviewed by Kayleah.

Gimme a call. Its a wild crazy book!! it was very funny. Devi (the main Character,) accidentaly drops hers phone into the fountain at the mall. And instead of her phone completely breaking it calls her in the past. 3 years into the past. She first has to convince her 14 year old self that it isnt some joke and that it truly is her. Well she thinks whats better then giving your past self advice for the future. And it ends up going all wrong!!!! What will she ever do??????? You will find out if you read Gimme A Call.
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Excellent, adorable book.
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Excellent, adorable book. I
loved both Devi and Ivy and their separate, but similar personalities.
The way that the story was written was extremely engaging and I couldn't
put it down. Definitely a must-read!
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Gimme a Call - A refreshing glass of lemonade!
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After wasting four years of high school slacking off with her boyfriend, Devi Banks wishes for a second chance. She never took academics seriously, let old friendships drift away, and didn't get involved with any of the school's extracurriculars. Her boyfriend, Bryan, dumped her before college, so now Devi has nothing meaningful left, except a life at Stulen State College, a.k.a. "Stupid State". Devi desperately wishes to redo the past four years. Her wish is miraculously granted when she accidentally drops her cell phone in the fountain, and now, the only number it can call is her own, three and a half years ago on the first day of freshman year. 

Once she gets over her initial incredulity and convinces her younger self what's happening, Devi realizes that she can use this situation to her advantage - the chance of redoing her life that she's been dreaming for is literally sitting in her hands. She now has the ability to tell the younger Devi what to do - after all, what better advisor is there than your future self? 

I won an ARC copy of Gimme a Call from a Random Buzzer's giveaway and was anticipating its arrival. Sarah Mlynowski's Magic in Manhattan series was superb, so this book was bound to be good! The sypnosis looked quite original, and when it came, I immediately buried my nose between the pages. This fun novel has a great barrel-ahead momentum, which is refreshing, and like most Sarah Mlynoski books, I finished it in one sitting. It was funny, crazy, sad, and downright entertaining - everything any chicklit novel should be. Yet even with the interesting premise, I felt that this novel had unfulfilled its potential and my expectations. 

The author should have elaborated on some of the themes hidden beneath the cheery surface of this book. The more serious theme of making good decisions is partially smothered beneath the book's fluff, and at the end, I wasn't sure whether the older Devi learns her lesson properly. The two main characters, older Devi and younger Devi, seem like completely different people, even though they are technically the same. Younger Devi is likable, witty, and intelligent, and it seems as if she doesn't need older Devi to help her. Older Devi has a personality that is selfish and boring, and she keeps bossing her younger self around. Throughout the novel, I found myself rooting for the younger Devi, which is quite strange, since older Devi is the same person. 

If this novel was a drink, it would be sweet and refreshing lemonade, but a little too watery to make an impression on my taste buds. Any girl who is over the age of eleven will enjoy this quick read.

Reprinted here with permission of reviewer @ thesmartyowl.blogspot.com
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