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

Published 1st May 2014 by Orchard Books.

21399241Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
A smart and funny story about friendship, first love and surviving high school from the bestselling author of Ten Things We Shouldn’t Have Done.

My Review: I’ve read books about telepathy before, but none have been like this. The idea behind the story is original and it’s pretty funny too. I did enjoy the book, but after thinking abut it for a while…. there are a few things that did annoy me… 😦

This book, despite being about telepathy and things, is largely just a contemporary romance. I was looking forward to some Sci-Fi details and awesomeness from the book- but really, I think the supernatural powers were just… thrown in? to enable all of the romance and drama to work, if that makes sense. It makes the story really interesting, because a form class keeping a shedload of secrets from each other can suddenly see who’s cheated on who amongst other things. But, I did want more insight into the origin of the telepathy powers. How did the flu jab cause it? It’s never fully explained!

The narration is quite clever. It’s a collective voice, of the whole form class- using We instead of I, and occasionally arguing against itself when recapping details about events. It sounds a little confusing, and it did confuse me a bit at first, but then I found it did work quite well with the story.

I did find the characters really hard to work out, though. The story starts focusing on not too many characters, but then suddenly, it’s about the entire, roughly 30 kid form class. It was so hard to keep track of all of the names, made even trickier because the love stories woven in are pretty complex (at least, to me they were :P). Don’t Even Think About It is one of those books that will make sense if you read it in a short amount of sittings, I think. I read it in-between books, and that definitely added to the confusion.

Overall, I think Don’t Think About It will be loved by fans of funny teen romances and contemporaries. I read it, despite the cover which doesn’t suggest it, hoping for a fun Sci-Fi book… but as I said, I think the telepathy is just the method the author used to add some drama! I found it hard to keep track of the characters, but after a while I did get the hang of some and liked a few of the students. Though this review’s largely pointed out things that I disliked… Don’t Even Think about It is definitely worth picking up if you’re a fan of high school dramas and funny reads!Because of that, I’ve given this 3 hearts. 🙂

My Rating:

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I received a copy of Don’t Even Think About It from the publisher, in exchange for a review. In no way at all did this affect my thoughts.

 

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