Review: Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
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.
"Smart and frequently hilarious." --Publishers Weekly, starred
“Hilarious, moving, and utterly ingenious.” —Robin Wasserman, author of The Book of Blood and Shadow and The Waking Dark
“Sarah Mlynowski does it again with a fresh, fun, and fabulous story filled with secrets, surprises, and a sixth sense. Don’t even THINK about passing up this hilarious read!” —Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club
“Finally, someone understands that if you develop powers as a teenager, it’s not the government you have to watch out for—it’s your best friends. Funny, realistic, heartfelt, satiric, and unpredictable.” —Ned Vizzini, New York Times bestselling author of It’s Kind of a Funny Story
I received this ARC copy via Netgalley to give an honest review.
I really enjoyed the story line, you have teenagers who develop telepathic powers after getting a shot. We learn how they get it, but we don't understand fully why the government made this batch of flu shots. I can only hope that there is a book two in the works so it can give us some answers as to what is going to happen to the teens, will the government become fully involved?
The characters were your normal teenagers you know they are worried about test, cheating, does so and so like me and so forth. It was quite funny to read how they were trying to keep each other from reading their own thoughts.
I thought it was interesting how they figured out how to stop listening to other people thoughts.
Now there were some "mature" things going on but nothing too bad. Overall a great, funny read. Even though at times the characters would drive you crazy. Especially the miss smarty pants. The point of view seemed to be from everybody which was easy to get into and not get lost. Makes you kind of wonder about the next flu shot you get. Could you receive super powers?
Sarah is the author of BRAS & BROOMSTICKS, FROGS & FRENCH KISSES, SPELLS & SLEEPING BAGS and PARTIES & POTIONS—all in the YA ‘Magic in Manhattan’ series, as well as GIMME A CALL and the upcoming TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE). Along with Lauren Myracle and E. Lockhart, she also wrote HOW TO BE BAD.
Sarah’s five novels for adults, MILKRUN, FISHBOWL, AS SEEN ON TV, MONKEY BUSINESS and ME VS. ME, were published by Red Dress Ink. She also co-wrote a guide to writing chick lit (SEE JANE WRITE), co-edited two bestselling charity collections (GIRLS' NIGHT IN and GIRLS' NIGHT OUT), and contributed to various anthologies (AMERICAN GIRLS ABOUT TOWN, SIXTEEN: STORIES ABOUT THAT SWEET AND BITTER BIRTHDAY, 21 PROMS, FIRST KISS (THEN TELL), FIREWORKS and VACATIONS FROM HELL).
Sarah's books have been translated into twenty-one languages. Originally from Montreal, she now lives and writes in New York City.