Gimme a Call Book Trailer

>> Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Check out the book trailer for my friend Sarah Mlynowski's Gimme a Call, about a woman who drops her phone into a fountain and fishes it out to find that it can only call her fourteen year old self. What would you say to your fourteen year old self if you could call him/her right now?


Christin July 28, 2010 at 12:18 PM  

That looks like fun! I love the premise, and the trailer was adorable.

This is timely for me--just last week, I found an old Zip Disk (remember those? from the mid-90s, the super-thick floppy-shaped disks?) with a bunch of stuff from high school, ten years ago for me: stories, school assignments, letters (sent and unsent), even a bunch of copy-and-pasted AOL Instant Messenger conversations with friends.

I was hoping that, at the age of 26, I'd be far enough away from my 16-year-old self that I wouldn't be mortified anymore. Turns out, ten years isn't long enough. I resisted the urge to format the disk, but I couldn't even bring myself to read most of what was there. Too mortifying, to have been that person in earnest once.

So, right now, I would say to my 16-year-old self: "Don't write things like that. You're too honest and too naive, and it's embarrassing." However, I imagine that twenty years from now, my 46-year-old self will tell the current me: "Cut that 16-year-old some slack. All teenagers produce painfully honest, embarrassing writing. It's why they're wonderful."

Joyce Moyer Hostetter July 29, 2010 at 6:56 AM  

Fun concept! I think I'd tell my 14 year old self. "Cheer up. It gets better. Someday you're actually going to embrace your life. It's that good."

Alan Gratz August 1, 2010 at 11:41 PM  

Christin, I have journals from when I was a freshman in college. OUCH. I've been tempted to throw them away, or perhaps burn them, but there's something so lame about me then that I kind of want to keep them, just to remind myself that I've actually matured and grown. If only a little!

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