Title: Don’t Even Think About It
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Imagine if EVERYONE could hear your thoughts: your best friend, your worst enemy, your secret crush…
This is the story of how we became freaks. It’s how a group of I’s became a we.
When Class 10B got their flu shots, they expected some side effects. Maybe a sore arm. Maybe a headache. They definitely didn’t expect to get telepathy. But suddenly they could hear what everyone was thinking. Their friends. Their teachers. Their parents. Now they all know that Tess has a crush on her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper. Some of them will thrive. Some of them will break. None of them will ever be the same.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.
I expected a lot more from this book. A bunch of teenagers get telepathic powers – something exciting is bound to happen, right? Apparently not. The book did have some good parts and a couple of interesting characters, but for the most part it was very lazily written.
I liked the beginning of the book. It was quite dramatic and seemed to be introducing a really epic story. I was so wrong about that. The teenagers get used to their powers very quickly, which doesn’t make sense to me. They should have been freaking out a lot more than they did. The secrets that they ‘overhear’ are nothing extraordinary (someone cheated, someone thinks you’re fat, and so on). I absolutely hated that Olivia used her telepathy to get a boyfriend. She listens to his thoughts and repeats them back to him, so it seems like they have the exact same taste in everything. It’s annoying and incredibly dumb. Other characters are also involved in romance stories. I didn’t care about who ends up together because the book is quite short and there are many characters, so there’s not much time to really get to know them. I wasn’t emotionally invested at all.
The ending didn’t make sense. SPOILERS: If there really were teenagers with telepathic powers and the government knew about that, there’s absolutely no way that they would simply give them a cure and some money and just forget about the whole thing. And when the kids decide to keep their telepathy, they simply let them go? Right, that’s very convincing.
This book is the first in a series. So maybe the story will get better, but I highly doubt I’ll read it.