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An Author Joins Us: Sarah Mlynowski of Gimme A Call

July 14, 2010

We are so honored to be part of author Sarah Mlynowski’s blog tour for Gimme a Call! If you haven’t yet read this book, please pick it up now. It is a funny but thoughtful take on traveling back in time- senior Devri realizes she can call her freshman self on her cell phone and uses it to try to influence the choices she makes. But will changing the past alter her future? You’ll have to read to find out! Below, Sarah lists just a few things she would like to tell her younger self- then we join in and share our thoughts on what advice we would give our teen selves. Please feel free to add your advice in the comments section!

Yesterday, Sarah visited In addition to joining us today, she is also appearing at, and she will be at tomorrow, so check her out there! You can also “like” the book at Facebook:


  1. Instead of spending your saved-up allowance on Glamour Shots, invest in Apple.
  2. If you ever want to see Alfred, your pet turtle, again, do not let your parents take him for “some fresh air” in the park.
  3. Stop obsessively following Thin Thighs in Thirty Days. It’s never going to happen.
  4. Wear more bikinis.
  5. Try out for something. The softball team. The dance show. The play. You know you want to.
  6. Do not sneak out to a bar when you’re fifteen. You will throw up by the sandbox in Glenmore Park, you will get grounded, and your father will call all your accomplices’ parents.  
  7. Red lipstick + braces = bad idea
  8. Yup, your parents’ divorce sucks. But you’ll get over it. Promise. (Although a little therapy might help you get over it a little faster.)
  9. Do not get bangs. Or blond highlights. Or a perm. Or a flat-iron.  For the love of Felicity, just leave your poor hair alone.

10.  Thank you thank you thank you for keeping it all. The letters your parents wrote you at camp. The hilarious birthday collage from your BFFs Shobie and Judy. The photo booth pic of you and your twelfth grade boyfriend Todd. One day you’re going to write for teens, and you’ll appreciate the material. P.S. You and Todd get married and that photo’s going to look super cute framed in your living room.

So Deanna, Erin, Kate, Nic and Sarah N., I want to know what you would tell your younger self if you had magic cell phone…

Deanna: Don’t be so hard on yourself. And enjoy that beautiful skin!

Kate: Take more risks, you’ll be glad that you did!

Sarah N.: Eat lots of junk food while you can still get away with it! And don’t try to plan your life down to the minute… enjoy it as it comes!

Erin: Study abroad in college! You honestly aren’t missing a thing that won’t be there when you get back. And keep a diary- it will be priceless reading material when you get older!

Nic: Take pictures at every opportunity, and put them in an album, not a box.  And audition to be Drum Major, you’ll regret it if you don’t!


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