04 March 2014

{Book Review} DOn’t Even Think About It

By: Me My Shelf And I | 04 March 2014 at 12:32 AM | | | | | | | |

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Don’t Even Think About It
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Release Date: March 11th 2014
Format: NetGalley eARC
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Rating: 4 Birds

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.

Man, you thought your high school experience was bad – try having a handful of your closest (and not so close) friends being able to hear your thoughts! I would have stayed home and hid in my closet, no way I would have showed up like the students in DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!

Told to you from a “we” instead of “I” perspective, I found this smart little contemporary with sci-fi tendencies to be a  total gem! Why is it told from a “we” perspective – you’ve not really seen that before…have you? I thought not, I know I hadn’t. Well, they all hear the same thoughts, always in each others heads (with a few small exceptions…you’ll have to read to find out) and they felt that the best way to tell you their story was, as one. It’s not as confusing as I make it sound, in fact it’s not confusing at all. I would have confused myself just drafting something like this, heck I’m confusing myself trying NOT to confuse you! Just trust in Sarah Mlynowski, she knows her stuff!

As you might have gathered, I very much enjoyed this read. After an over abundance (but necessary chunk) of character introductions in the first few pages, the books takes off and all you can do is hang on. Filled with all the typical happiness and horrors of high school: Sweet 16 parties, dating, cheating (on who your dating and on tests!) and home life – you will easily be able to fall into at least one of the characters shoes and connect with the story. That’s one of my necessary requirements for a good review – could I connect with the characters? I found I connected with several of them in DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT.

Get ready for a totally new spin on the High School story!  And I know what you’re thinking…you’re going to go add this to your TBR pile and order a copy right now…right…right?? I must have ESP too!! *wink*

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