BOOK REVIEW: Gimme A Call
Genre: Time Travel, Contemporary
Age Group: Young Adult
Publication Date: May 24, 2011 (first published January 1, 2010)
A new life is just a phone call away! 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?
Devi spent her entire high school with Bryan. Now that Bryan wants her out of his life, she looks back and regrets ever meeting him. She wishes to talk to her freshman self and warn him about Bryan. Who knows a splash in the fountain and a broken phone can make her wish come true. Devi can now talk to her freshman self and change the course of her life for the better...or worst.
This book is one of those fun, light and annoying YA contemporaries. There's nothing really special about it. Or memorable. But it did take my boredom away and reminded me of my high school love life (pukes at this).
The chapters change from Devi (Senior) to Devi (Freshman). They later gave themselves names that won't confuse them. Devi Senior became Ivy and Devi Freshman is renamed as Frosh. The plot is pretty simple. A small move from Frosh's side can change Ivy's life.
Ivy is really annoying...like OMFG YOU'RE GONNA CRACK MY HEAD. Her reasons for hating Bryan is so childish, and to think she's a senior in high school. Not to brag or anything but when I was Ivy's age, which is a year and a half ago, I wasn't as naive as she is. Maybe because of the education system here in the Philippines which forces us to mature at the age of 15. Because at 15 you're a freshman in college already, but yeah that's about to change since we've acquired K12 just 2 years ago. Anyway, I really liked Frosh. She is naive but it's because she doesn't know what's in the future. She follows everything Ivy says, because it's for the best, right?
I love the changes that Ivy manifested in the end. The change in her perspective and her decisions. It really made me almost like her. It's really like Ivy and Frosh are different. Being Frosh the mature one and Ivy the overly dramatic one. I also love that one big decision Frosh made that really change Ivy' life. It was the turning point of the story.
The romance is minimal. This is more of a SIT DOWN AND LET ME READ YOU A STORY ABOUT LIFE book. I'm glad though, because ugh romance. And because I'm reading The Fault In Our Stars along this. TFIOS got to be the most cheesiest, unrelatable, unrealistic and dreamy romance ever! Not that I want that kind of romance. No, never. I prefer the romance in this book. It's realistic. It's relatable. It's not very ideal, but at least it's an honest portrayal of high school romances.
There's no unresolved relationships. It has an open ending though. Open to more possibilities and change, but that's how life roll. So this book is pretty realistic, except for the whole talking to past self.
I really like this book and I recommend this to everyone. This won't take your time!