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Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski
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May 07, 10

bookshelves: ya-contemporary, read-2010, time-travel, autographed, young-adult
Recommended to Arlene by: Goodreads Give-away winner!!! Woo hoo!!!!!
Read from May 03 to 06, 2010

Gimme a Call by Mlynowski was a GREAT read that was a ton of fun! I enjoyed the book from cover to cover and could not have asked for a better plot and ending. The storyline is unique, the characters are very well developed, and as you read the book, you wonder… How is this going to resolve itself? Well, Sarah was clever and spot on with her perfect conclusion. I highly recommend this book if you're looking for a break from paranorm, but still want to have some fun with a bit of suspended reality.

About the book… Devi's day is going bad, bad, bad. Her boyfriend of three years just broke up with her via voice mail and now she has no date for the Senior prom. As she listens to the message for the umpteenth time and tears slip down her cheeks, she loses grasp of her cell phone and it falls into a fountain. Well that's just dandy, the topper of her day… but wait! As she dries off her phone and starts pressing the buttons hoping it still works, she finds she can call only one number… her own. So when the phone rings, Devi from three years prior answers and the adventure begins. And boy what an adventure that turns out to be as Devi tries to recreate her past for hopefully a better future through ever changing advice.

This book gets five stars from me for many reasons. The storyline is different from the cookie cutter themes currently out there… no vamps… no weres! Yayay! The book is perfectly paced with fun adventure and constant laughs. The narrative from Devi's perspective was engaging and refreshing. And the content made me think about what I would do if I had a chance to counsel my previous self… What would I do differently? What would that advice sound like? Have more fun? Work harder to reap the benefits later? Give myself the winning lotto numbers to change my fate in life? How much am I willing to sacrifice to have a better life?

What a great book that will keep me pondering about the possibilities and what is versus what could have been. I loved it! Highly recommend this book to my fellow avid readers that are ready for a light, fun, engaging book that pushes the boundaries on reality, but delivers some valuable lessons. If I had a "phone a friend lifeline," Devi would definitely get a call from me.
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Reading Progress

05/05/2010 page 75
23.44% "I love it so far. Almost called into work "busy reading" today because I couldn't put it down." 5 comments
05/06/2010 page 186
58.13% "Love it so far. How is this storyline going to resolve itself? I can't figure it out. So good!"

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~Tina~ As I recall didn't you win a copy of The Pace as well?? You lucky little stinker LOL Congrats and Happy Reading hun!

Arlene *jumps up and down*

I did! I did with a copy of The Pace! :)

LOL Thanks!

~Tina~ ~repeats lucky little stinker~ LOL

The Pace will always be one of my fav's! I can't wait for book two already!!
This book looks cute! Can't wait to hear what you think:D

message 4: by Arlene (last edited Apr 20, 2010 12:27PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Arlene Oh I loved The Pace too. I fell for the characters, I loved the setting, and I really liked how the backstory was revealed... in its own time. The cliff hanger was angsty, but she did it right.

I'm okay with cliff hangers as long as the author tells a complete story and does a great job of developing the characters. The Pace did that very well. Others I've read recently... not so much.

I am looking forward to the Broken Lake. I can't wait to see how the story continues.

Is excited about this book. Thanks!

Squeeeee!!!! :)

~Tina~ I miss Sophie and Wes!! I grin at the idea of that kind of love!
The Broken Lake can not come fast enough!!!

K, I'm off to work ~grumbles~
Have a great day baby!

Arlene Oh I'm ready for The Broken Lake too. It's been too long IMO. Want it now. LOL

Have a good day at work. :)

message 7: by Hannah (new)

Hannah You go girl!!!
Congrats :)

Arlene Woo hoo!! Thanks Hannahr! :)

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Crystal Congrats! This one looks interesting I will be waiting for our review =)

Arlene Thanks Crystal. :)

message 11: by Arlene (new)

Arlene Stokes Awesome! Way to Go.

Arlene Thanks Arlene#1. And guess what?! The author signed the book with our names on it!! Woo hoo!! :)

I'll bring the book to our bookclub in case any of you want to read it.

message 13: by Kim (new)

Kim I really need to move to a country that has a more positive view on freebies for readers. Whenever you can win a book it's always US, UK and Canada residents only. What do they have that Belgium doesn't have? Yes, there are people who can read and understand English around here, thank you very much, we are not as underdeveloped as they seem to think.

I'd get it if it had something to do with warranty. But that's not the case. Neither are release dates: I can order a book on on the release day and have it delivered to my doorstep two days later. WHY CAN'T I GET ANY FREE BOOKS THEN???

I'm sorry about my rant, I'm still happy for you! *giggles*

Arlene Oh Kim I hear ya. Not fair at all. You guys should be able to join these giveaways. Hopefully they'll change that soon.

Guess it's not a good time to tell you I won another book last night.

*runs and hides from Kim* :/

~Tina~ You won ANOTHER book?!?! Women your killing me! Okay babe, what'cha win?

Oh and Kim I kinda know the feeling, these give-a-ways are mostly directed to the US and Canad gets very few chances plus we can't swap:(

Arlene *sheepishly replies* I did... I won Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick.Sorta Like a Rock Star

I don't understand why they exclude other countries? Tina, I've tried the swap. It's not all it's cracked up to be. I've paid for shipping on books and never got them. I think the paperbackswap site is better, but you still never know the condiction of the books you'll get.

message 17: by Kim (new)

Kim @ Arlene: Oh no no no no, don't run away! I bark a lot but I don't bite! Seriously, I'm really happy for you, congrats!

@ Tina: Aw, I'm sorry. We should make our own Belgian/Canadian site. how does sound?

Swapping is not an option for me, shipping costs an arm and a leg around here, it's ridiculous.

~Tina~ Arlene that's THREE you lucky little stinker!! Congrats! Really! I look forward to your reviews for both:D

Haha Kim, muchbetterreads sounds good:D It's no biggy I guess, I mean they are A LOT of books out and still not enough time to read them all.

Arlene *raises hand and jumps up and down*

I wanna join! I wanna join...!!! I love it.

message 20: by Kim (new)

Kim Of course both of you and Tina get premium memberships, Arlene ;)

(time for some food and then some *shivers* ironing)

message 21: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Arlene, sounds like a fun read, and the questions you posed about what advice someone would give their younger self are good to ponder!

Arlene Hannahr, Gimme a Call was definitely a fun book. I truly enjoyed it. Books that make me think about stuff I normally wouldn't ponder are worth it IMO.

~Tina~ This sound super cute! Great, great review! I'm sold:D

message 24: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Arlene wrote: "Books that make me think about stuff I normally wouldn't ponder are worth it IMO."


Arlene Thank you Tina! I really enjoyed it. I hope you do too.

message 26: by Nic (last edited May 07, 2010 07:33PM) (new) - added it

Nic Another great review. Never heard of this before. Sounds good though :)

Arlene Thanks Nic. It really was good IMO. I just saw it at Barnes & Noble today too!

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Eva Leger I just happened to find these comments and I just wanted to make sure everyone knows that there are some giveaways that include other countries too. As far as I know it's not GR but the authors or publishing houses that pick what countries to send to and if I'm correct I'd assume it's because of shipping costs. But I am under the impression that while most are only available for the countries you listed above there are sometimes giveaways for other countries as well. You can check each giveaway for which countries it includes although that would be time consuming. :(

Sonia I'm glad we both enjoy reading this. I share the same feeling with you. I keep wondering how can this resolve itself(view spoiler) And it ends perfectly. Awesome review, Arlene! :-)

Arlene Thank you Sonia! I really enjoyed this book. Glad you did too. :)

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