Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski is a delightful look at how the choices you make define you.
I should probably preface this review by saying that I love time travel novels and movies. If you play with the concept of time, I'm on board. My friend, Kayla, on the other hand, hates anything that deals with time travel. She doesn't think it makes sense...ever. So depending on where you fall on the love of time travel spectrum, your appreciate of this book will vary with it.
Devi has had a terrible time. She just broke up with her boyfriend of three years, she has no friends, and now she's dropped her phone in the water fountain at the mall. When she tries to dial out after rescuing her phone, she reaches herself. Herself from Freshman year of high school. Devi has the brilliant idea that if she tells Freshman Devi the choices to make, she will never have her heartbroken by Bryan.
I really like how every simple choice had a fairly large consequence. I don't necessarily believe it's that clear cut in real life, but it definitely reinforced the concept that choices have consequences. Sometimes it's easy to forget that when the consequence isn't immediate. So you mess up on one economics quiz, it's not like you're going to fail out of school. It might mean, however, that it affects your GPA enough to change what university will accept you down the line.
The only problem I had with this novel is that Devi is so focused on the guy. I just wanted to shake her and be like "Can't you see there's more to life?!?"
I would definitely recommend this book to fans of contemporary novels with a twist. It's fun and heartfelt.
Favorite Quote: Just because a relationship ends, it doesn't mean it's not worth having.