AH’s Review – 3 Skulls – C+
This was a fun little read.
A scene repeated at many schools throughout North America: Kids line up for the vaccinations and in 99% of the cases, everything is fine. For Bloomberg High School Homeroom 10B, their flu vaccinations came with an unintentional side effect: Telepathy!
It is kind of amusing as the students learn about their newly found powers. At first it’s overwhelming – so much noise. Then they are elated as they can now read each others’ minds. Then, not so excited, as they don’t really want to know what is on each others’ minds. Some of the situations are quite hilarious, as the kids listen in to the mind of the school nurse as she plans on buying condoms. In other cases, as students learn what is going on in their parent’s bedrooms, it is a case of way too much information. Then there’s that pesky little ethical question. Is it still cheating on a test if you can read the smartest kid’s mind for the answers. Telepathy also takes a toll on a popular couple as one learns that the other had cheated on him (and everyone else knew about it).
I loved how the kids handled their secret, organizing themselves into a small club to work on controlling their telepathy.
It was quite interesting to see how they figured out that the power works only if their eyes are open.
There is a large cast of characters in this book and keeping track of various characters was a little difficult at first.
Don’t Even Think About It should appeal to both male and female young adult readers. Older readers may also enjoy this book but may need to suspend belief just a little.
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Childrens for a review copy of this book.
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