Thursday, April 12, 2012
Review: Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski
Publishing Date: April 27th, 2010
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 320 pgs
Source: my local library
Rating: 2.5 stars
Summary from Goodreads :
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.
I read 10 Things We Did last summer and I loved it. It was quirky and fun and made me laugh out loud. When I saw this book at the library I was hoping for something just as fun and quirky from Mlynowski. I have to admit that while I enjoyed this book, it was a bit disappointing and lackluster for me.
The book is about a girl named Devi who has just been heartbroken. She drops her phone in a fountain and as a result something magical happens. Now the phone can only be used to call one person: herself in freshman year. Devi decides to use this to her advantage and tells her younger self to work harder (to get into a better university) and to stay away from her ex (so she won't have her heart broken). In the end shenanigans are had by all.
To me, this book was light and fluffy but I think it was too light and fluffy for my taste. While I enjoy YA, I am almost 30 and I think that this book would be perfect for it's target audience of teenagers. I think that most YA is geared at teens but can also be enjoyed by those that are older but some is best enjoyed while still young.
I still like Mlynowski's writing style and her characters and I still found the book entertaining but I did find that it was a bit too predictable for me. It is also a theme that I have read a lot of.
While this book may not be entirely for me, that is not to say that it wouldn't be enjoyed by others. I give the book 2.5 stars out of 5 but again, it was more than likely just my frame of mind and my age bracket. I would suggest that you read for yourself and decide what you think.