Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Series: None (that I know of)
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Ember; Reprint edition (June 9, 2015)
Genre: Contemporary fantasy
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
About the Book:
A contemporary teen novel with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP from the author of Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have) and Bras & Broomsticks!We weren’t always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn’t expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.
Since we’ve kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what’s coming. Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same.
So stop obsessing about your ex. We’re always listening.
This book was kind of weird. It was entertaining, but rather messy. It’s told from the point of view of twenty two individuals, speaking as one person, yet focusing on the thoughts and feelings of several main characters. It’s not confusing, exactly, just weird.
Beyond the weirdness of the narration, the nothing really happened in the story. I thought that having twenty two teenagers with mind reading abilities would provide some pretty interesting situations, but nothing moved beyond relationships and cheating on schoolwork.
Even so, it’s an entertaining book. I got sucked in and looked forward to picking it up. I grew to care about most of the characters and I was sad to see the book end.
If you’re looking for a contemporary read with mind reading capabilities tossed into the mix, this is your book. If you’re expecting it to get suspenseful or sci-fi, you will be disappointed.
Content: innuendo and language (including the f-word)