Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Don't Even Think About It: A Book Review

I received this book from NetGalley shortly after signing up.  This is the first book I have received from them (and side note: it was really easy to download the book to my iPhone and read on the go!), and as soon as I read the summary, I thought it sounded so cute and fun! 

Title: Don’t Even Think About It
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: March 11, 2014
Pages: 336
Out in Paperback?: No
My Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Summary:

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.

"Smart and frequently hilarious." --Publishers Weekly, starred

“Hilarious, moving, and utterly ingenious.” —Robin Wasserman, author of The Book of Blood and Shadow and The Waking Dark

“Sarah Mlynowski does it again with a fresh, fun, and fabulous story filled with secrets, surprises, and a sixth sense. Don’t even THINK about passing up this hilarious read!” —Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club

“Finally, someone understands that if you develop powers as a teenager, it’s not the government you have to watch out for—it’s your best friends. Funny, realistic, heartfelt, satiric, and unpredictable.” —Ned Vizzini, New York Times bestselling author of It’s Kind of a Funny Story


Although you are quickly introduced to several characters (almost the entire homeroom class of high school sophomores), it was easy to follow and distinguish each of the characters.  Of course, some are more prevalent than others, such as Mackenzie, Tess, and Olivia.  All three of these characters were interesting to read about, and although this story does take place in high school, it didn’t feel that the characters were too immature.  They were realistic and felt like they developed into real people (does that make any sense?).  I enjoyed how each of these characters, including the side characters, grew and developed while dealing with telepathy.


I definitely loved the plot of this novel!  I thought it sounded so unique and so cute, just from the second I read the summary.  And it definitely was!  I don’t think I have read anything like this before, but the story follow a homeroom class as they head to the school nurse to receive their flu shots.  They begin to develop a strange symptom where they can hear other peoples’ thoughts.  The group of students head down to the school nurse pretty early into the novel, so you get to read most of the book through the perspective of those with telepathy.  As the telepathy develops, it was fun to see how each character, with their unique personalities, deals with this new skill.

Writing Style:

I really enjoyed the writing style of this novel!  I thought is was very fast-paced and kept me wanting to continue reading to find out what would happen next.  The author had a unique way of writing the conversations that occurred between those with the telepathy, which I enjoyed and didn’t think it was hard to follow.  I also loved the bits of humor in this book; several times throughout the novel, I found myself laughing out loud because of something the characters said!

I would definitely recommend checking this book out!  It comes out in just a few days, and I think it is such a cute stand-alone novel to read!  Are you planning on checking it out?

FTC Disclaimer:
This book was sent to me for review via e-book from NetGalley.  This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.  No affiliate links were used.

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