Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
- ISBN-13: 9780385737388
- Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
- Publication date: 3/11/2014
- Pages: 336
- Source: Netgalley for honest review
Contemporary teen fiction with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP from the author of Ten Things We Did And Probably Shouldn’t Have.
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.
I really enjoy Sarah Mlynowski’s style and the humor that she brings to her writing. Don’t Even Think About It was a fun story about a group of student who get flu shots and suddenly have a crazy power – they can read people’s minds. As they discover they are not alone, the story gets a little crazy since they can hear everything that people are thing but they can also hear what each other think which causes all kinds of issues. While early on the think that it will help them stay a step ahead of everyone what they discover is that it frustrating and sometimes even lonely to be able to read what every person is thinking. All the secrets are out and they don’t know what to do because someone is always listening.
This was a fun take and having a superpower and the challenges that it would bring to a person. I really liked that it was not just one person but a whole classroom (well most of one) of students. Sarah Mylnowski did a great job of balancing out the male and female perspectives in the story as well as the adult/child interaction. Overall, it was a quick fun read.