Gimme a Call: Sarah Mlynowski

I heart time travel.  I think in part because there are so many directions you can go with the topic.  It’s also a recent trend in YA books.   Well, sort of. I’ve read one, now two books about time travel.  It’s an automatic buy me for me and when the books by Sarah Mlynowski how can I not pick up the book.  Obviously, I did or else why would I be writing this review of her book Gimme A Call.

Summary: Devi is depressed.  Not only has her boyfriend, Bryan, dumped her, but she is going to the cruddy state school.  In the words of Joseph Conrad, “Oh, the horror, the horror.”  To combat this depression she does what most people do, a.k.a. get some retail therapy.  However, as Devi’s luck with would have it her phone somehow manages to fall into one of those wishing fountains at the mall- you know, the ones that are full of coins, mall food, and more than the occasional piece of gum.  Something happened to her phone  when it was in the fountain, and Devi finds that she can only call her past self.  Yes, Devi’s future self can talk to her past self.  I wonder if Mlynowski was inspired by this.

Review: Mlynowski always  comes up with such cute complexes that are flawlessly executed.  However, as cute as the book was I did have some problems with Devi.  Both Devis.  Frosh Devi seems a wee bit naive for a fourteen-year-old, while older Devi is a tad bit callous.  While it’s a nice contrast, it makes Devi a  bit unlikeable.  The other problem I had with the book was Devi’s boyfriend, Bryan,  he came off a little bland.  Though overall, these two things didn’t really take away from the book.  This is a fun book.  The concept allowed Mlynowski to explore how minute changes could affect a character’s life.  In  a weird way it almost reminded me of those choose your own adventure books, save for the fact that the reader is not choosing their own adventure it’s older Devi telling Frosh how to change her/their lives.

Best Feature: Time travel.  Obviously, I am a fan of time travel.  I watch lots of Dr. Who.  I’ve seen those Back to the Future movies countless times.  And I actually read what Albert Einstein has said about time travel.  And for someone who doesn’t usually  like anything that deals with physics, this should further show my devotion to the subject matter.  I really liked how Mlynowski  handled the whole time travel aspect without having Devi physically travel back to the past.  Kudos to her on that.

Worst Feature: Bland and confusing characters.  I was actually shocked that this was the aspect that bothered me the most about the book.  In Mlynowski other work, most notably the Magic in Manhattan series,  the characters appear very unique and quirky.  For example, I just adored Rafe, the hero in Magic in Manhattan, while with Bryan I felt like I never got to known him.

Blockbuster Worthy: Yes, this book is very cute.  I could easily see it being made into a movie.  After all, Hollywood does love time travel.  Here’s my cast:

Devi: India Eisley.  Personally, I hate the show she’s on, The Secret Life of  the American Teenager.  There are way too many shows on teenage pregnancy shows already  and, well, in order to watch the show I needed an incentive.  The last time I watched it was because my roommate promised me chocolate chip cookies if I’d agree to watch it.  However, I think I might need something a little stronger  next time like rum cake.  But one of the few good things about the show was India and I think she’d play Devi beautifully.

Bryan: Corey Monteith.  He seems to be a perennial pick of mine.  But he really suits this role.  He’s the guy everyone is after, looks like a jock.  And, oh yeah, he’s Canadian.  Just like Bryan.

Overall Rating: Six out of ten cell phones.

As always comments make a blogger happy.

M 🙂


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