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Friday, March 7, 2014

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

By: Sarah Mlynowski
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: March 11th 2014

by Delacorte Press

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.

Don't Even Think About It is a fun teen fiction read and though I am well past my teenage years, it was a very enjoyable read. To sum up the storyline; think flu shots gone wrong, puberty, and sudden onset of telepathy with ability to hear what every classmate, boyfriend / girlfriend, best friend, teacher, and parent is thinking, as well as your fellow classmates who now have the same ability access to your thoughts - nothing is private and all secret thoughts are revealed - here we have the making of a true HORROR story.

Was this a believable tale, probably only to conspiracy theorists. Was this a realistic and deep philosophical read, no, but what it did do was show how fragile one can be from a careless thought and how secrets affect others when the truth comes to light. There is some sexual innuendo and behaviors that really are not for the younger reader, but nothing overt. The major issue I had was the unlikely way this turn of events was handled by the adults and for me this was a bit of a letdown; then again maybe I am a closet conspiracy theorist and never realized it. 

The writing was clean and told from multiple points of view with the primary characters likeable, relatable, and their reactions to the turn of events believable. I would recommend Don't Even Think About It to young adults and those young at heart who want to chuckle with the thoughts of what if or shiver with the horror of it. I received this book via NetGalley.

4 Sheep


About the Author:
Sarah is the author of BRAS & BROOMSTICKS, FROGS & FRENCH KISSES, SPELLS & SLEEPING BAGS and PARTIES & POTIONS—all in the YA ‘Magic in Manhattan’ series, as well as GIMME A CALL and the upcoming TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE). Along with Lauren Myracle and E. Lockhart, she also wrote HOW TO BE BAD.

Sarah’s five novels for adults, MILKRUN, FISHBOWL, AS SEEN ON TV, MONKEY BUSINESS and ME VS. ME, were published by Red Dress Ink. She also co-wrote a guide to writing chick lit (SEE JANE WRITE), co-edited two bestselling charity collections (GIRLS' NIGHT IN and GIRLS' NIGHT OUT), and contributed to various anthologies (AMERICAN GIRLS ABOUT TOWN, SIXTEEN: STORIES ABOUT THAT SWEET AND BITTER BIRTHDAY, 21 PROMS, FIRST KISS (THEN TELL), FIREWORKS and VACATIONS FROM HELL).

1 comment:

  1. Nice review Denise. I would find it hard to believe, as thoughts are a jumble of layers in my head. Anyone listening in would grow mad, adding all that to their own thoughts. Still, it could be funny if you only pick up the thoughts about yourself.