Friday, April 25, 2014

Review: "Don't Even Think About It" by Sarah Mlynowski

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.
Thank you to Netgalley and Delacorte Press for allowing me to read and review an ARC of this book.

I kind of want to call this book cute, but that would make it sound pretty juvenile, which it wasn't.  Although the premise was rather fantastical - kids from one homeroom developing ESP as a result of a tainted flu vaccine - the characters themselves seemed authentic and realistic.  I know I am far from my teen years, but I could still relate.

Each character is unique, and we get to know some of them more than others, but given that there are 22 of them, this is probably a good thing.  We've got the power couple, the brainiac, the shy girl, and the guy whose thoughts are overly preoccupied with sex.  There's a jock, the twins, and a couple others thrown in for good measure.  But since the story is told from a collective POV, it is difficult to connect deeply to any of the characters, and this is one area I felt could have been improved.  Still, overall a good read, fun and light.

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