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Don’t Even Think About It – Sarah Mlynowski

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Don't Even Think About It Book Cover Don't Even Think About It

Young Adult
Delacorte Press
March 11th 2014
Kiindle
336
Netgalley

Secrets. Scandals. ESP. A terrific and sexy new novel about a group of Tribeca teens from Sarah Mlynowski that will immediately appeal to fans of realistic fiction as well as readers who enjoy a little magic.

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.

We’re Always Listening. Not in a Good Way Either.

I received an email from Netgalley that I’ve been pre-approved to read an ARC of a book. Woo. I’m making my way to the top! Honestly, I don’t really read YA anymore (I barely made it through The Heirs alive) since most of these are set in high school. Don’t Even Think About It is set in high school and obviously I’m not in high school anymore or anywhere near that age range. So any high school drama will seem just petty and annoying because who gives a bleep about HS once you’re out of it? (I had a great time in HS but you know, when you’re 16, every tiny thing seems like the end of the world. And it doesn’t help I hate annoying teenagers that end up on my bus because they’re annoying as shit.) I even skip 22 on Taylor Swift‘s album because 22 is like baby age to me.

Nonetheless, the synopsis intrigued me. It reminds me of Louis Sachar’s Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger with one of the teachers having 3 ears (the extra one at the top of her head) and being able to hear people’s thoughts.

Instead, high school students of class 10B had their flu shot done. It was a contaminated batch because with these flu shots brought the ability for all of them to hear other people’s thoughts. X-Men ability plus high school students? You usually get a pretty good book out of it.

I read it all in one go and I want to say that the voices sound genuine but then I haven’t been a teenager for awhile (oh look another reference to my oldness). I’m glad that someone sent me an email to read this book. I wish someone would rec me books along this line. There’s romance in it but not central to the plot.

Sidenote

  • Does iPhones always symbolize wealth and elites? I’m always amused when people put iPhones rather than cellphones. I guess ‘droids (as Americans call them) aren’t as sexy.
  • Awkwardly photoshopped cover is awkward.

Author: Ivy

Ivy develops in Ruby on Rails. You can find her at @aibiwashere.

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