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Call Me Maybe by Cara Bastone

Call Me Maybe by Cara BastoneCall Me Maybe by Cara Bastone
Series: Love Lines #1
Published by Audible Originals on October 20, 2020
Format: Audiobook
Length: 5 hours and 55 minutes
Source: Purchased



True love is on the line in this charming, laugh-out-loud rom-com—created specifically for the audio format!

Paint your toes. Pick up the wrong coffee and bagel order. Drive from Brooklyn to Jersey in traffic so slow you want to tear your hair out. It’s amazing all the useless things I can accomplish while on hold for three hours with customer service. Three hours when I should be getting the Date-in-a-Box website ready to launch at the big business expo in a few days. Except my shiny new website is glitching, and my inner rage-monster is ready to scorch some earth… when he finally picks up. Not the robot voice I expected but a real live human named Cal. He’s surprisingly helpful and really knows his stuff, even if he’s a little awkward…. in an adorable way.

And suddenly I’m flirting with him? And I think he’s flirting back.
And suddenly it’s been hours, and we’re still on the phone talking and ordering each other takeout while he trouble shoots my website.
And suddenly we’re exchanging numbers and sending texts and DMs every day, leaving voice mails (who even does that anymore?!).
And suddenly I’m wondering if it’s possible for two people fall in love at first talk.

Because I’m falling… hard.

Spiritual Content

The use of phrases like “My version of hell,” “Jesus Christ,” and “Good Lord” are as spiritual as Call Me Maybe gets.


The only violence in Call Me Maybe is Vera worrying that she might be “axe murdered in this wasteland” and someone threatening to “assassinate” Jules (Cal’s cat).

Drug And Alcohol Content 

Aside from Cal mentioning that he drinks “an occasional beer,” Vera picturing Cal “in some sad, windowless office complex surviving on handfuls of instant coffee and chain-smoking,” and Vera telling Cal that her business “started out as me putting together date ideas and supplies for people. You know, roses, chocolates, movie tickets, bottles of wine, that sort of thing,” the only drug or alcohol reference throughout Call Me Maybe is Vera, her brother, and Cal drinking beer the night before the expo.

Sexual Content

Since nearly all of Call Me Maybe has Vera and Cal interacting entirely by phone, the only sexual references are conversational (and once even visual) rather than physical. Vera laughs at Cal’s accidental implication when he tells her, “You’re not the first customer I’ve serviced,” tells him that “the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else,” and mentions sex toys twice (once while talking about a relationship podcast and once when Cal caught her “researching sex toys for a client.” He assured her it’s not the worst thing he’s seen while mirror sharing since he once caught someone watching “so much porn.”) Cal mentions that since Curio is “a rising star,” he’s gotten “a surprising amount of nudie pics” sent to his work email.

Swearing Or Foul Language

  • 23 uses of a-
  • 23 uses of h-ll
  • 18 uses of sh-t
  • 15 uses of da-n
  • Nine uses of f-
  • One use of p-
  • One use of b-ch

The Bottom Line 

Call Me Maybe is an Audible Original, and the immersive sound effects and spectacular narrators really drive home the point that this book was made to be heard. A tip of the fedora to Cara Bastone for throwing in an enjoyable relationship, an intriguing business startup, and a fun plot to boot. That said, the “misunderstanding” between Cal and Vera was too minor to be dragged out for as long as it was, costing it a star for me.

About Cara Bastone

Cara Bastone is a full-time writer who lives and writes in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and an almost-goldendoodle. Her goal with her work is to find the swoon in ordinary love stories.

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