Reviewer Amy Lignor: Amy is the author of a historical fiction novel entitled The Heart of a Legend, and Mind Made, a work of science fiction. Presently, she is writing an adventure series set in the New York Public Library, as well as a teen fiction series, The Angel Chronicles. She is an avid traveler and has been fortunate to have journeyed across the USA, where she has met the most amazing people, who truly bring life and soul to her books. She lives in the Land of Enchantment (for now) with her gorgeous daughter, Shelby, her wonderful Mom, Mary, and the greatest friend and critic in the entire world - her dog, Reuben
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Devorah (Devi) is in her senior year. She's lost her boyfriend of four years, Bryan, who has decided that, after all the time they spent together, that he is going to leave for Canada and see how his life turns out without Devi. For the past four years, Devi has spent almost all of her waking hours with Bryan, giving up studying and barely getting the grades that will get her into a community college. One day, she's out and about in town and drops her cell phone into a large fountain. When she wades in to dig it out, she shakes the phone, punches the buttons, and does everything within her power to bring it back online. When she finally gets the sopping wet phone to "send" a call, a young girl picks up on the other end and introduces herself. Devi (senior) seems to be talking to...Devi; the girl she was when she'd first started high school as a freshman with the world in front of her.
The Senior Devi has to convince the young woman on the phone that she is her. After the convincing, (which is written extremely funny), Freshman Devi is told that whatever she does she will meet a young, wonderful boy named Bryan at a party that night. And whatever she does - the Senior Devi says - do NOT go out with this guy. This is the guy that will pull your focus away from your future. You will lose your best friends and end up heading to a state school because you let your grades drop. The Senior Devi tells her younger self as much as possible so that the Freshman Devi can put her nose to the books and study hard in order to get where she's going in the future.
Of course, in life, the good comes with the bad. If we could go back and change the "bad" things, we have to understand that in the process we would lose some of the good. Devi senior tries to only give out certain information to her younger self and works on convincing her that you could change all the bad stuff that happens, as long as your willing to sacrifice some of the good that comes along with those choices. As she goes to her senior classes, she notices the changes in her friends. One has come out of her shell and has entered theatre class - simply because her younger self said something in freshman year that stuck. All her friends in Senior year are suddenly back, because her freshman self decides not to date Bryan and have him consume the next three years of her life. So Devi senior is back with her girlfriends, watching them date people they'd never dated before, and finding them completely different as they enter into the adult world. By changing the past, she's altered her future.
The author takes us from the Freshman, trying to make her way in the world and study hard so that her Senior self can be accepted at one of the finest schools in the country; the Senior self watches the letters of acceptance arrive; what was once a letter from the community college on her bulletin board soon becomes an acceptance letter from Harvard, because her Freshman self had chosen to study instead of following after a boy like a puppy for four years. Could this be the right way to go? If we had the chance, would our more adult selves call our younger self and tell them all the mistakes we've made along the way, and try to correct them before they even happen? There is even a part where Senior Devi offers younger Devi the lottery numbers in order to score money for college. Unfortunately, the Senior Devi sees a whole new future where her parents are no longer together inside the marble mansion that appears around her.
This book is filled with fun characters and a storyline which teaches us all a great deal. Unfortunately, if we went back in time to change what was, than the future would change dramatically as well, and we would miss out on all the "good" stuff that happened along the way. Teens and adults will both relate to this fun, light-hearted book that shows the struggle to balance your high school years in order to attain a wonderful future. Enjoy!