Don’t Even Think About it, Sarah Mylnowski
Reviewed by Amanda
Published March 11, 2014 by Delacorte Press, 336 Pages
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.
Don’t Even Think About It follows 21 students who develop mind reading abilities after being given the flu shot at their New York City high school. I thought the idea of this book was fun, I mean clearly if you’re writing about mind reading teenagers you aren’t taking yourself too seriously.
This was a book about normal, fairly average teenagers doing pretty average things with the new and exceptional ability to hear the thoughts of everyone around them. All your basic high school archetype characters were covered-the pretty girl, the best friend, the smart girl, the nice boyfriend. But now they call can hear every thought around them.
I thought the group narration was funny, something I’ve seen other reviewers had a problem with. I liked the jump around from student to student, and I did not mind that there was no one central narrator. I laughed as the narrators kept pointing out that the espies would try to keep the others from learning something, but that this was futile basically.
“Now we know everything. Even the stuff we try to forget. Especially the stuff we try to forget.”
There were too many students included I think, because it bothered me that not all of the students were really part of the book. I liked most of the central characters Mylnowski focused on, but I wanted to know all of the scoop! I felt like I was missing something because these other students were referred to, but then were not part of the book really.
I’m very curious to know whether there will be another book in the future, because I’m sure I’d read it to satisfy my curiosity. But ultimately this is a YA book that I think is best for a YA audience. I think I would have loved it when I was younger. Its a book about high schoolers and sticks to a high school theme, it was a cute and easy read.
I received an advanced read copy of this book from Netgalley and Delacorte press in exchange for an honest review.