Tuesday, March 11, 2014

ARC Review: Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski


Summary: 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.


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**I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Initial Thoughts: Good premise but I didn't start to really enjoy the book until about halfway through. The  beginning felt like it spent a lot of time setting up all the characters and their background that the actual funny and enjoyable parts didn't come until later. Though in the end I did enjoy the book!


The Characters: The story is told through all the characters (see explanation in "The Story"part) in parts like "we all thought they were acting stupid too" (not actually from the book!). It also focuses on some people and switches between them. The main POV are told from Tess, who is my favorite, Mackenzie, Pi, and Olivia. There were others but mostly it was through these four. And these four and everyone else all have tons of stuff going on. Tess thinks she's fat and not good enough because her mom is always saying she needs to lose weight. Mackenzie cheated on her boyfriend over the summer, Pi always thinks she has to be the top and best in everything, and Olivia is a bit OCD and always scared that she is sick or will get sick. So obviously lots of drama.


The Story: One day twenty-two out of twenty-four students from homeroom 10b get flu shots. These flu shots apparently give them all the ability to hear each others thoughts and everyone else's as well. Now I thought that was pretty cool because seriously who wouldn't want to have some superpower? Well I would, but back to the point...They all get telepathy and it just goes from awesome to bad quickly. Hearing everything means knowing everyone's secrets and this is a bunch of sophomores we're talking about. They all have secrets and as I've said tons of personal drama. But these students find out everything and don't really know what to do. They don't know why and how they got telepathy, they don't know if they should tell anyone, or should they continue on? They agree to keep it a secret and just continue on. So their lives are kind of normal but not really. Now as I said the story really kicked up about halfway through, for me at least, and I enjoyed it more. I thought it was funnier and more entertaining with what everyone was doing and going through and just figuring out what to do with life and school and relationships. 

End Thoughts: Good story and idea but I think it would appeal more to the YA audience especially if you're looking for quirky and quick read. I'm going to give it 4 stars cause I really liked the second half!


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