March 9, 2014

Title: Don’t Even Think About It

Author: Sarah Mylnowski

Expected Publication: 
March 11, 2014

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books/Delacorte Press

Pages: 336

Genre(s): Young Adult ♥ Contemporary ♥ Paranormal

Source: NetGalley

Summary from Goodreads: 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

Average Goodreads Rating (as of 03/08/2014): 3.57

  • Christina thought this title was okay. It goes on her 3rd shelf.

**SPECIAL NOTE:** An eARC of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

Initial Thoughts and Rating:
3 stars! 
Don’t Even Think About It is a definitely a young adult contemporary, but it had a funky paranormal twist to set it apart from others. Because of the blurbs I had read in the summary, I went into this thinking that I was going to get a hilarious book, but that wasn’t necessarily the book I got. Admittedly, I’m a little disappointed because it was seriously lacking in the funny department. While I saw the potential for this novel to be fun, imaginative tale I was pitched, it came off as more of a dramatic soap-opera for teens.

The Lowdown: Homeroom 10-B is filled with your average run-of-the-mill teenagers. There’s the popular, the socially awkward, the perfect couple, the pervert, the athletes, the rich, the poor, the girl with the too-big personality, and all the others that fall somewhere in the middle. The day their lives changed started out as any other until they received a flu vaccine that had a terribly awesome side effect. In theory, telepathy is all good, until you have to share your brain-space with a group of twenty-two other people. You secret thoughts, crushes, betrayals, and test answers are no longer your own. So, slowly this builds new friendships/relationships and destroys others.

This is the story of how a group of individuals became a “we” and their journey of learning to cope as ESPies.

My Thoughts: This book was good, but I guess I was expecting something… different, so it was a bit of a letdown in that regard. The idea behind the book was original and fun, but the execution of it dragged a bit throughout. With the ability to read minds, I was expecting a bit of drama because we are dealing with a bunch of fifteen-year-old teens at the height of emo-dom, but mostly I was expecting a lot of hilarity. In reality, this book was all drama city and I don’t recall laughing at all.

It didn’t help matters that this book is narrated by the collective group, but also seen through the eyes of individuals along the way. While I can understand the necessity of doing it this way because they all essentially share one mind, it made things a little muddled, in my opinion. Then, at some point, all the  individuals started to all sound alike in my head. I’m not sure how this could have been changed and had the same effect of a collective unit, so I can’t really offer any ideas on how this could have been better.

Lastly, I didn’t get a sense of conclusion with where the book left off. Nor did I see a good deal of character growth throughout the book, aside from a few characters. Even then, it wasn’t a whole lot and I guess I just expected more from them. Wanted to see more about what they learned about themselves and others because of this journey they were all forced to take together.

Rec It? Yes and no. Yes for teens– though there is quite a bit of sex mentioned– and probably no for *cough*older*cough* young adults like myself. It wasn’t a terrible book by any stretch of the imagination– it was even really good in parts– but the teen voices did seem really immature and young. I’m still really sad about the lack of comedy, too.

 A very special thanks to Random House Children’s Books and NetGalley for providing me with an early copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

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