Thursday, March 13, 2014

Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Title: Don't Even Think About It
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Classification: Young Adult, Contemporary 
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Source: e-galley (I was pre-approved for this title on NetGalley)
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. 

***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

This book just wasn’t for me.
I finished reading the book, but it is not a book that I plan to buy or read again.
I thought that the idea for the book was interesting. Students developing telepathy after a getting a flu vaccination. And the events that happened were interesting.
But the fact that it went from following a collective “we” of about three or four girls to almost an entire class was a bit confusing for me. It was a bit difficult to remember all their names and what all was happening. Even though it focused on a handful of students’ lives and the rest of the class interjected here and there, I still didn’t remember everything that was going on.
It took me a while to get into the book, and if I wasn’t reviewing it, there is a good chance I might not have finished it. I didn’t feel the curiosity or need to find out how the book ended.
The good:
 I did like the fact that it didn’t concentrate on one or two point of views. I thought that the fact that we didn’t really know which character was the main narrator to be unique and interesting. I can’t recall ever reading a book with such an interesting point(s) of view.

I also liked some of the characters. And found that thinking of myself as a teenager, I could relate to some of them. But more specifically I really liked the character Olivia. I felt that she was the most developed and had the most character growth from the beginning of the story to the end. We get to watch her start to believe more in herself and exert more confidence. 

My Rating:


  1. Sometimes books with many characters make me confused too, it's so difficult to remember who's who and who did what when the characters aren't distinctive enough or when there arejust too many. Sorry to hear this wasn't the book for you. Hope your next read is better :)

    1. Thanks. I started Unravel Me. I've heard mixed things about the book, so hopefully I will like it.


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