don't even think about it

Don’t even think about it by Sarah Mlynowski.

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.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

General Overview (No Spoilers).

I have seen a few bad reviews for this book, but I loved it. If you take it for what it is, light, fun, teenagers with telepathic powers, and of course cheesy, it is then a very good book. But try and take it too seriously it will probably fall flat. I needed a nice light read full of drama and secrets, that’s exactly what I got. It was funny, I could not put it down. For the first time in a long time, I read a book from cover to cover in one sitting. I even changed my plans so I could sit and finish this.

It does exactly what it says on the tin, what more could you want? It made me smile and gave me a warm feeling inside. The only downside was that I could not read the second book in the series straight away.

5 out of 5 stars

Step by Step Overview (Spoilers)

0% – Looks like a lot of fun, teenagers with telepathic powers, what could go wrong?

10% – The writing style/narration is different, it’s like all the characters are telling the story at the same time. I wonder how it will work when they can read each others’ thoughts. Olivia is an interesting character. She is shy and a hypochondriac, not usual for a main character, none of them seem like usual lead characters, which I really like, even the popular girls have their insecurities.

20% – I like it when there’s just one line that make you think, it’s like what you are reading actually happened, there was a line like that in Harry Potter and it smile every time I read it. There was such a line in this book, I smiled from ear to ear.

30% – It’s fun hearing all the characters secrets, knowing who fancies who, etc.

40% – Why can’t Cooper hear their thoughts? So they are not going to tell, probably a good plan. Hopefully we find out soon, why Cooper cannot hear them. I wanna know!!

50% – Poor Cooper, how is he going to handle it? Why Sadie’s apartment for the meeting, seems a strange place.

60% – I would really hate people knowing my business, even if you are not hiding anything, you still have parts of your life that you don’t want anyone else to know.

70% – Purple eyes, I would love to have purple eyes. I really want Tess and Teddy to end up together. For some reason, Cooper and Olivia are a couple who I want to be together.

80% – Who is this new nurse and what does she know? Have other students from different schools had strange side affects too? And how was it incompetence from the original nurse?

90% – Okay, I admit it, Teddy is a jerk. It’s only the first book in the series, so I assume that either they are not going to get the antidote or it’s not going to work.

100% – Yay, they did not get the antidote. Looking forward to the next one. Totally cheesy but totally different.

Who would I recommend it to?

Anyone who likes YA.