Friday, April 15, 2016

M: Marilyn Sachs & HELLO...WRONG NUMBER

"When I grew up, I found that I had become a great expert on bullies, and my books are full of them." -Marilyn Sachs 

I read Marilyn Sachs's HELLO...WRONG NUMBER (Scholastic, YA) when I was in grade school. The story, told strictly in dialogue, starts with Angie calling for a hot boy she likes named Jim. The boy she calls is named Jim, but she dialed a wrong number. This Jim and Angie attend the same high school, but haven't met. Angie keeps calling Jim to talk. Two weeks into these phone calls, Jim sings a song to Angie and confesses his love. Around this time, Angie jokes about a boy with a big nose at her school who has been following her around. She's unaware of how uncomfortable her shallowness makes Jim. 

Angie finds out that the boy with the big nose is Jim, her phone buddy. She also learns from talking to Jim's ex-girlfriend that Jim lied to her about some stuff. The ex-girlfriend said she broke up with Jim, but Jim told Angie he broke up with his ex-girlfriend. Jim also told Angie he is a professional musician, but in reality, he is too shy to even try out for chorus. That sort of stuff.  Angie angrily confronts Jim. Jim says he wanted her to think he was someone special. At the end of the story, the two meet and talk for nine hours. After their talk, they talk on the phone again and Angie tells Jim she loves him too. 

This book is one of many light teen romances I read back in the day. For both their sakes, I'm relieved that Jim isn't a sex offender and Angie isn't a Fatal Attraction-type stalker. 

Have you read HELLO...WRONG NUMBER? Could you be in a relationship with someone who once shallowly judged you by your appearance or lied to you to make themselves look cooler?  

17 comments:

Nicola said...

Sounds like a good read. I haven't read it. Lovely post. Thank you.

Random Musings said...

I don't agree with lying in a relationship, but at that age, I understand it. And they weren't really hurtful lies, just something to boost Jim's self confidence a bit. Angie doesn't sound like she would have given him the time of day without the little white lies to keep her interested
Debbie

Jeffrey Scott said...

That seems to be the norm with kids. Always thinking they have to impress someone else. Only later in life do they realize that making friends with people who won't like you for who you are, are not good friends to have. Sounds like a fun read. As I've been working on my YA series, this might be something I should read.

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

Ah, teenage love and it's perils. I have never read this one. If I was Jim I probably would have hung up and never spoken to her again.
Tasha
Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

This does sound like a smile-inducing read :)

Lynn Proctor said...

When my husband and I were dating- he accidentally left his "little black book" in my car- of course I read it only to find out I was 3 stars our of 5!

Lynn Proctor said...

When my husband and I were dating- he accidentally left his "little black book" in my car- of course I read it only to find out I was 3 stars our of 5!

Pat Hatt said...

Sometimes you get judged a bit, as we all do to others at times, so I wouldn't take it to personally.

Sarah Allan said...

No, I haven't read that one. I think everyone is more comfortable behind the wall of anonymity (the Internet now, but a phone call back then), so I'm not surprised that some judgey things were said. Plus, they're teens--that's probably enough reason.

The Silver Fox said...

I could probably forgive some lies from someone who had low self-esteem, as long as they came clean eventually.

Hart Johnson said...

New one to me. I'm not sure it was around when I was the age I would have enjoyed it. By 11 I had moved on to horror and never really came back to romance. Good lesson plot though.

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

Marilyn Sachs was one of my all-time favorite authors growing up, yet I've never heard of this book.
Just looked it up and I see it was published a little later than the bulk of the Sachs books I read. Marilyn Sachs has a great website! And I'm glad to see she's written a sequel to A Pocket Full of Seeds.

Stephanie Faris said...

I love that it was told strictly in dialogue. I read a book not too long ago told completely in text messages and instant messages.

Liz A. said...

The cover looks familiar, but the plot doesn't sound like I've read it. You're right, that could have gone a whole different way.

Elizabeth said...

I haven't read it, but it sounds like a good story. I like to keep it light sometimes, so it's nice that the story didn't go the stalker route. I'm sure I've been misjudged many times because I am very quiet when I first meet people.

Yvonne Ventresca said...

I haven't read this one, but it sounds like a sweet story.

Yvonne V

Sarah Zama said...

Hey, this sounds a lot like internet chat... before the internet chat ;-)

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