Erika's review of Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski
Gimme a Call is a cute "dimples" tale of something I'm sure we've all have at one point in our life wanted to experience. It is about Devorah, or Devi, who is currently a senior and who's boyfriend just dumped her. After dropping her phone in a fountain at the mall there is only one number she can dial... Her own... At the beginning of freshman year. Throughout the novel, the 17 year old Devi (Ivy) gives 14 year old Devi (Frosh) advice on what to do or not do. With each page, you don't know what life Ivy is going to stumble upon because of Frosh's changes.
Mlynowski pulls the reader in and connects to both the high school senior who'd want to go back in time to change things and the freshman who desparately wants to see what the future has in store for them. She also perfectly distinguishes the voices of both of the same person and emphasizes how much someone can change over the course of high school whether they know what's going to happen or not.
Gimme a Call brings into question the reader's own life: What would you change if you could go back? Are the risks worth it? Do you want to know what your future holds? And even how are one person's dreams really right for everyone?
Personally as a senior I can connect with how Ivy feels and have seen all around me those students who know if they had just tried a litle harder in that freshman history class, that sophmore math, or that if they had just had a few more extracurriculars then maybe they would be in a better position now. As Gimme a Call shows though, it's best to be well rounded and try a little of everything (but not too much at once!) and also to save some time to enjoy the experience.
I could go on, but the point has been proven that Mlynowski addressed many relevant issues for teenagers in a fun read that everyone can and wil enjoy. At least one of the many interests of Devi or of her "sometimes" friends will appeal to everyone. It's filled with humor and emotion and at the end you still don't know which Devi you feel closer to and agree with, probably because the real one is a mixture of both. I highly recommend Gimme a Call to seniors, freshman, those in between, and to fans of Sarah and to those who are about to become a fan of Sarah.