Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski

2010
06.05


gimme a call
What if you could go back in time and impart to your younger self all the wisdom you’ve acquired since those carefree, innocent days of yore? “In fifth grade, do not put marshmallows in the toaster oven, even though it seems like a good idea…Sophomore year: don’t leave your retainer in a napkin in the cafeteria–unless you want to wade through three spaghetti-and-meatball-filled garbage bins to find it.” Seventeen-year-old Devi gets her wish to reconfigure the past when she accidentally fumbles her cell phone into the mall fountain. Now it will ONLY call her fourteen-year-old self, who she nicknames “Frosh.” Devi has six kinds of big plans to right the wrongs of her high school life in this seemingly free cosmic do-over. But changing the past has all sorts of side effects on her present that she never expected. Like losing the TV in her room that was given to her by her ex-boyfriend, who she now never dated because she warned Frosh to stay away. And finding that her college acceptance letter keeps changing, sometimes for the better, but sometimes not, as Frosh struggles to stay on the militaristic study plan Devi has outlined for her. Soon neither Devi nor Frosh know whether they’re coming or going, and what’s worse, the defective cell phone battery is winding down and wearing out. What’s going to happen when Devi can no longer rearrange her boy-obsessed past to accommodate her college-obsessed present? Devi should probably stop messing with her past before it changes her future for the worse–PERMANENTLY! The brilliance of Sarah Mlynowski’s writing is her bright banter and breezy humor. Her  fresh, dizzyingly fast dialogue always sounds exactly like teenspeak, and she never fails to bring me to giggles if not outright guffaws.  This charming little story is no exception. A perfect beach book to squeeze in between all of those classics you were assigned for summer reading.

9 Responses to “Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski”

  1. Bianca says:

    I really, really love the sound it! I’m so glad you like it. Thank you for a lovely review.

  2. Jen Hubert says:

    Thanks, Bianca! I hope you end up liking the book as much as the review:) If you remember to, please come back and share.

  3. DuVeth says:

    I like it.
    Probably later im gonna search for it to read it…
    thanks!

  4. Erin :) says:

    hey! im reading this book right now. i started it yesterday and im almost done. i love the way the author writes. it reminds me of lauren myracle’s way of writing, and shes on of my favorite authors. the story is reallly good too :) i cant wait to see what happens at the end!
    xxxo erin

  5. Arianna says:

    Heyy!!! Okay i just LOVE this author and her books (especiallyy this one)!!! Please can somebody tell me how i can get sarah’s email or something? It’s just that her books are soo.. i donnt know there’s not a word to describe it I finish reading them in one day I’m like so addicted!!! If someone could help me it would be soooosososo greeeattt!!!!
    Ps: I kind of suck in those website things so i’m not sure if i should be asking that s here but if u know a way to comunicate with her , Thanks anyways :D xx

  6. heidi says:

    OmG i read it it was sooo good i loved it!!! :D

  7. Nicole Nelson says:

    i have an advanced Reader’s Copy and I found some typeos. should i write to the publisher or do you think they might’ve been fixed in the published version?

  8. Jen Hubert says:

    Hi Nicole,

    The typos will definitely be fixed in the published version. Hope you liked the book nevertheless!

  9. ashley says:

    love this book
    i wish i could go back to the future :p

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