Saturday, July 31, 2010

Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski

Devi Banks has no idea what she should do now. Her boyfriend of four years just broke up with her - right before they graduate high school. She has no other friends. She has no other goals. She has no idea how to be her when she's spent so much time being an 'us'. Through a fortuitous accident, she finds herself able to call her Freshman self on her cell phone, and she hatches a plan to save herself from heartbreak. If she never dates her boyfriend, she could have a completely different life! She could still have other friends! She could have no idea about what she's about to do...

The story started out kind of slowly for me, but before I knew it I was completely wrapped up in the story. (I even woke up early to finish it before work, and I almost never do that) The plot kind of reminded me of The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with the idea that you can just erase parts of you to avoid being sad or however you feel. In this story, though, when Devi changed the past, she also changed the present. So that it's not just that she wouldn't be sad about being dumped - she'd never be dumped! Or would she? There are lots of interesting ideas on free will and inevitability, as well as chaos theory and time travel.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
The Karma Club by Jessica Brody
Hell Phone by William Sleator
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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