What advice would you give your younger self? That’s exactly the question Devi is pondering when she accidentally drops her phone in the fountain at the mall. It has been a hard few weeks. Her boyfriend of three years has just dumped her, and since she’s been so wrapped up in him, she doesn’t have friends to rely on now that he’s gone. Prom and graduation are coming up, and Devi’s poor grades have landed her an acceptance letter to a bottom-tier school. And now, when she tries to dial her recently-soaked phone, she keeps getting some younger girl who claims to be called Devi as well. After talking, the girls realize that they are the same person, only separated by three years: they remember all the same childhood memories, and have all the same habits and secrets, but Freshman Devi hasn’t yet made the mistakes Senior Devi made. More importantly, when Freshman Devi makes a different decision, it immediately changes Senior Devi’s life.
Imagine if you could have a do-over. Obviously Senior Devi leaps at the chance. But what can one girl change, and what are the consequences of seemingly small decisions? Could they stop wars? Prevent Kyle Borster from getting behind the wheel drunk the day of the accident? Keep Karin from developing an eating disorder or their dad from losing his job? Get into a better college? Make sure their boyfriend never has the chance to dump them?
Gimme a Call is a really fun book, and a great read. It’s light- perfect for summer and the beach- but there are lots of bigger questions and moral issues raised that makes it a good choice for an end-of-year book report or summer reading pick.