Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Published: April 27 2010, Delacorte Press
Genre: Contemporary fiction/Fantasy
Cover Score: A
Overall Grade: B
Devi's made a lot of mistakes in the past 3 1/2 years of high school: including ever falling for Bryan Sanderson. She let her grades drop, friendships fade, and now that Bryan broke up with her, she has nothing left. But after dropping her cell phone in the mall fountain, it only calls one number: her number, at age fourteen! Now Devi can manipulate her past to make for a better future--with Freshman Devi on her side, she can get into a better college, get back together with her friends, and forget all about Bryan. Freshman Devi likes Bryan--she's happy. But Senior Devi is her future: she has to be right, right?
My thoughts: I love, love, love Sarah Mlynowski's Magic in Manhattan series, so I was thrilled when I heard that she was writing a new book in the YA genre that sounded so funny and unique.
Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed with Gimme A Call. The book had a very fun, interesting plot: Freshman Devi was fabulous! She was spunky, skeptical, and strong. I loved her relationship with Senior Devi--even though they were the same person, they totally had different personalities and views on the world. But Senior Devi annoyed me, frankly. She worked 14 year old Devi to pieces and was too bossy and lazy to get up and change her own future. It was a bit irritating reading about her screw-ups after a while. As well, the whole past-present Devi aspect was really confusing. I had to reread a lot to see how what little Devi did affected big Devi.
The ending was confusing as well--I really think this book could've used one more chapter to even things out with a little more explanation. I was left hanging in a bit of a confused state.
However, I really liked the narration of this book: both Devi's were honest and humorous, and I loved seeing how freshman Devi could so radically change senior Devi's world. I couldn't put the book down--amidst the confusion, I really liked Devi and wanted to see what happened in the end! With a good underlying message, readers will be able to relate to and sympathize with Devi and her crazy world--but this isn't Sarah Mlynowski's best.
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