Gimme a Call

Gimme a Call

by Sarah Mlynowski


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385735896
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/24/2011
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 15 Years

About the Author

SARAH MLYNOWSKI is the author of the Magic in Manhattan and Whatever After series, as well as Don't Even Think About It, Gimme a Call, Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have), Milkrun, and more. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Sarah was born in Montreal but lives and writes in New York City.

You can visit her online at and follow @sarahmlynowski on Twitter and Instagram.

Read an Excerpt

I should just return Bryan’s watch to Nordstrom and go home. Instead, I’m sitting by the circular fountain in the Stonybrook Mall, staring at the window of the Sunrise Skin Spa. It features a poster of a wrinkle- free woman and the slogan Go Back in Time.
Sounds good to me. If I could go back in time, there’s lots I’d tell my younger self.

In third grade, do not let Karin Ferris cut your bangs. Your best friend is no stylist. She’s going to accidentally cut them too short. And too crooked. And she won’t always be your best friend either.

In fifth grade, do not put marshmallows in the toaster oven, even though it seems like a good idea. Toasty! Gooey! Yummy! No. When they expand, the tip of one of the marshmallows kisses the burner, and the toaster catches fire, and your entire family will forever bring up the story about how you almost burnt the house down.

Sophomore year: don’t leave your retainer in a napkin in the cafeteria—unless you want to wade through three spaghetti- and- meatball- filled garbage bins to find it.
This December: do not buy the Dolly jeans you like in a size 4 because you believe they’ll stretch. They will not.

May twenty- first: do not buy Him a silver watch for a surprise graduation present, because then you will spend senior skip day at the mall returning it. Which brings me to the most important tip.

About Him. Bryan.

If I could go back in time, the most important thing I would tell myself would be this: never ever fall for Bryan. I would warn  fourteen- year- old me never even to go out with Him in the first place. Or even better—the party where we officially met when I was a freshman never would have happened. Okay, the party could have happened, but when he called me later and asked me out, I would have said no. Nice of you to ask but I am just not interested. Thanks but no thanks. Have a nice life. Maybe I’d tell my­self to stay home instead and organize my closet.

Imagine that. Talking to my  fourteen-year-old self. I wish.

I spot Veronica at Bella Boutique, right beside the Sun­rise Skin Spa. She waves. I wave back. “Devi! Come see my new stock!” she calls. “It’s stunning!” As if I’d listen to her. She’s the one who swore up and down that my jeans would stretch. “I’ll give you the employee discount!” she of­fers, even though I haven’t worked a shift since the winter holidays.

“I’ll come look in a minute,” I call back to her. I rum­mage through my purse, find my phone, and dial for my messages. I want to hear the one he left this morning. Again. I’ve only listened to it once. Fine, seven times. I know: pathetic. But I keep hoping each time that it’ll be different.

“Hi, Devi. It’s me.” Bryan’s voice is low and raspy, like a smoker’s. We tried cigarettes once, together, at the Morgan Lookout on Mount Woodrove when we were sophomores. But when we kissed, he tasted like a dirty sock, so that was the end of our smoking.
Until our relationship went up in smoke.

“I wish you’d answer,” his voice continues. “You always answer.” A pause as though he’s waiting for me to answer. “I’m sorry. I mean, I’m really, really sorry. I never meant to hurt you.”

The message is still playing in my ear, but I can barely hear, because now I’m crying, and my cheeks are all wet and my hand is all wet and how could he have told me he loves me when he obviously doesn’t and—


Like a bar of soap in the shower, my cell phone has slipped through my fingers and landed in the fountain.

Superb. One more thing to tell my younger (by two sec­onds) self: don’t drop your cell phone into a  house-size saucer of green chlorine. I peer into the water. A flash of sil­ver twinkles up at me. Is that it? Nope. It’s a nickel. The pond is filled with coins in addition to my phone. Are there really people out there who believe that throwing a nickel into the water can make a wish come true?

Aha! I see it, I see it! I stretch out to reach it, but it’s a bit too far away. I lie down on my stomach and reach again. A little more... almost there...

The cell phone gets pulled further out of my reach by the swirling water jets within the fountain. Ah, crapola— I’m going to need to get in there.

Luckily, I’m wearing  flip- flops. I look around to make sure no security people are watching, then stand on the bench, roll up the bottoms of my oxygen- depriving Dolly jeans, and step in.

Cold. Slimy. When I look down, my toes are bloated and tinted green. Maybe the water is radioactive and I’m turning into the Hulk.

Out of the corner of my eye, I spot Harry Travis and Kellerman marching through the mall like they own the place. Harry—definitely one of the best-looking guys in our class—has dark hair, a muscular build, intense blue eyes, and the rosiest skin. He also has this sexy stubble going on— very rugged and hot. And Kellerman—everyone just calls him Kellerman—looks like he’s already part of a frat. He’s always wearing his older brother’s Pi Lambda Phi hat, and sweatpants.

I duck down so that the coolio senior duo won’t see me. That would just make today perfect, wouldn’t it? The water soaks through the knees of my jeans. Crap, crap, crap! When the guys turn in to the food court, I find my footing and try to relocate my phone. And there it is again! Yahoo! Balanced on top of a pyramid of nickels. Got it.

Now all I have to do is safely make it back to the side...

The swirls of water push me over, and the next thing I know, I’m flat on my butt. Great. Just great. My eyes start to prickle.

I heave myself up and back to the safety of the fountain’s edge, leaving a trail of shiny green droplets. I ignore my sop­ping wet jeans—maybe the chemicals will help them stretch?—and wipe my phone against my shirt, as if that’s gonna help. Please don’t be broken, please, please, please. I press the power button.

No sound. No connection. No nothing.

I spot Veronica staring at me. “You okay?” she hollers.

Um, no? “I’m fine!” I wave, then turn back to the phone. I press power again. Still nothing. I press the one but­ton. Nothing. The two. Nothing. Three, four, five, all noth­ing. Six, seven, eight, nine, the pound button, the volume button. Nothing, nothing, nothing. I kick the floor. My  flip-flop makes a squishy sound.

I hit the power button. Again. Nothing.

I hit the nine, the eight, the seven, the six, the five, four, three, two, one, the pound button, the volume button. All nothing.

I press the send button. The phone comes alive.

There we go. I have no idea who I called, but it’s  ringing.

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Gimme a Call 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I could call my future self that would be amazing. This book is hilarious. I laughed on every page. I connected with all the characters. This is a must read! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG!!!!!! I love this book soooooo much. I looked it up and it was only published in 2010 so i hope there will be a sequel!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really really love this book!!!! Its so suspenceful and u really want to know what happens next!!! I would recomend this to teenage girls.
MizLaurenMyracle More than 1 year ago
omigosh, seriously? if you could CALL YOUR YOUNGER SELF and boss her around and make her change past mistakes?!! imagine the insanity! Sarah Mlynowski is queen of putting her poor, adorable characters in the most ker-azy situations, and doing it with charm and love. Gimme a Call is the PERFECT laugh-aloud book for tweens, teens, and anyone who has ever been or is still alive!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So amazing! Witty, poignant, laugh-out-loud hilarious! Highly recommend!
MichelleCupcake More than 1 year ago
this is the best book ever i cant describe how good it is like omg wouldn't it be cool to call your younger self!?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for teens! You dont even have to like to read u will still luv it! You will find urself reading it everywhere!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope there is a sequal :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book !! I am so going to drop my cell fone in a wishing fountain and wish to speak to my younger self
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed this book,i couldnt put it down. But who would ditch their grades and their friends for a boy? And why wouldnt her parents say anything? It was a good book and I would read it again. On the same note I would check it out at the library before buying it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book sooooooooooooo much. Also sarah mlynowskis series magic in manhattan. Strongly recommended!!!!!!!
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honeydew69862004 on LibraryThing 4 hours ago
Gimme a Call is about a senior who just broke up with her boyfriend and drops her phone in a fountain. Her phone will only call her freshman self. The book is slow but its an ok book. Really makes you think about time travel and every decision you make.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing 4 hours ago
When her perfect boyfriend Bryan breaks up with her just weeks before their high school graduation, Devi is crushed. If only she could speak to her freshman-year self, she'd tell herself not to date him and spare herself the heartbreak! Well, when Devi accidentally drops her cell phone into the wishing fountain at the mall, she finds that she's able to call her 14-year-old self. This is going to change everything! Devi tells her younger self not to go out with Bryan... but little changes make big differences for senior-year Devi. Has she made things better or has she ruined everything? This is a fun and fluffy chick lit novel and would make a great beach read for tweens. You don't have to think too hard about it and it's no more or less than a pleasant diversion. I had fun reading it and I think it would make a great Disney Channel movie.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing 4 hours ago
I loved the idea of this book, and of course, it made me start thinking about what advice I'd give to MY younger self. 17 year old Devorah Banks has just broken up with her boyfriend Bryan (his idea), and she is heartbroken. She is at the mall returning a watch she purchased for him, and is standing beside a wishing fountain. She sees a poster on a spa which says, Go Back in Time, and features a wrinkle free older woman. Devorah thinks that it would be wonderful to go back in time and give advice to her younger self, and wishes that it were possible to do that. As she makes that wish, she accidentally drops her cell phone into the fountain. She goes diving for it, and after a few tries, retrieves it, only to discover that it no longer works. She pushes tons of keys, but gets nothing. Finally, in frustration, she pushes send, and actually gets some action. She has no idea who she is calling, but allows the call to go through anyway. Much to her surprise, she reaches her fourteen year old self. After convincing her freshman self that it really is happening, she starts to see some of the benefits. The book alternates chapters - her grade nine self and her grade 12 self. Funny and clever; thoroughly enjoyable, but definitely a book better suited to girls.
GreatBooks1WowEC More than 1 year ago
So fun and funny. Reminds me of "Freaky Friday." Love this book!
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This book wasamazinggg! Hope there is a sequal coming out soon.
InkandPage More than 1 year ago
If your current self could speak to your past self, would you? It's like a giant, cosmic do-over. What would you change, if anything? I sure know what I would do in a few cases... Devi and her long-time boyfriend have been dating all through high school. They love each other so much and spend all of their time together, almost to the exclusion of everything else. Then one day, it’s all over. Bryan has broken up with her right before their senior prom, and Devi realizes she has no one. She’s lost all of her friends, her parents are different people, she’s going to a horrible college and she doesn’t talk to her older sister much anymore. At the mall, returning her now former boyfriend’s surprise graduation present, she chides herself for being so stupid for wasting her time with Bryan. If she could talk to herself before she made that mistake, her life would be so much better. But of course, that’s not how things work, right? As she listens to Bryan’s last message again, her phone slips from her grasp and into the mall’s fountain. When she finally retrieves it, she is relieved that it still works - until she realizes that the only person it can call is herself...three and a half years in the past. This book has been sitting on my TBR pile for at least a month now. I don’t know why I picked other books to read first; I think I thought this would be frothy and shallow, maybe? It was a fast read (well, I read it quickly anyway!), but I have to say that I enjoyed it immensely. This could have been a book about revenge or finding new friends or getting a new boyfriend or finding grace, but what it really is about is finding balance. It’s great to have a boyfriend, but have friends, too. Find something you like to do. Don’t give up everything for one thing. See the forest and the trees. Every choice makes ripples that affect us later down the road; as an adult, I can say “duh.” But as a high school student, college student? I know I would have benefitted much from a little future assistance! But what if, after you know you can change your life, you think you know how to make these things better? You make a small change here, plant a suggestion there - what if it all just makes everything worse? What if the original not-so-bad was a lot better that the new hell no? Senior Devi and Freshman Devi have to figure out together how to keep friends, get into a better college, and deal with Bryan before it’s too late. And her phone battery dies. The answer for Devi might be a little different than what she thinks it should be, but ultimately, it’s the right one. It just takes a little while for her to get it. As with most people, what we think should happen and does happen can be two completely different things. We can be surprised and humbled by the outcome. And most times, that’s the best answer of all. 4 of 5 Stars (Based on Ink and Page’s Rating System) Genres: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary/Fantasy Ages: 12 and up Gimme A Call by Sarah Mlynowski was published April 27, 2010 by Delacorte Press.
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