Usually, when I get a call from a stranger who asks for someone else and I say, "Sorry, you have the wrong number," the person on the other end of the line just hangs up on me, showing off their excellent social skills and phone manners. I'd rather have the experience shared in Kristen Tracy's new novel Hung Up, where a wrong number leads to a really cool friendship.
calls what she thinks is a trophy place and leaves a brief message. She
doesn't get a response. A few days later, she calls and leaves another
message. No response. Another call. No response. Naturally, she grows
increasingly frustrated with each call. Two weeks later, someone finally
picks up when she calls - only it's not the engraver. It's James, a guy
Lucy's age who got a recycled number from a phone company. He
apologizes for the confusion and wishes her luck tracking down her
A week later, James calls Lucy and leaves her a message.
Over the course of the next two months, the teenagers keep in touch. At
first, they communicate solely over the phone, without meeting
face-to-face. They become friends and share funny things that happened
to them during the day as well as more personal anecdotes.
Sometimes, you just need to hear the voice of someone that cares about you - and sometimes, you just need to be heard.
of using your typical narrative form, this story is told in a series of
voicemails and phone conversations, making for a quick read. With only
two characters speaking, you really see (and hear) the world through
their words, because all you have to go on is what they say. The dialogue is great, very snappy and fun. There's serious stuff there, too. The
book ends at the perfect moment. I'd compare that moment to a similar
moment in another book I read recently, but that would give too much
I enjoy Kristen Tracy's books because they are always full of dramedy, and I love dramedies1 because that's what life is, a mix of comedy and drama - and that's what Hung Up is. And it's great. So you should read it, and we should talk about it, okay? Give me a call later when you're done.
1. Ask me about the TV show Leverage sometime. I really love that show.
Review originally published at Little Willow's blog, Bildungsroman.