Early Review: Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

dont even think about itEarly Review: Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
Release date: March 11, 2014
Genre: Young Adult
Book provided by NetGalley and Random House Childrens

Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.

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.

Rating:  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Childrens for a review copy of this book.

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