Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Book Review: Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Released Date: March 11th 2014
Rating: 3.75/5 stars- hilariously weird
Synopsis (as found on 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.
*I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley due to the graciousness of the publishers
After the disaster that was Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have), I was quite hesitant on reading this.
But then I got pre-approved for it on NetGalley so... yay?
I did enjoy this a LOT more than Ten Things We Did though. It was more humourous, and it had that fun touch of paranormal abilities. There was a mixture of characters with different character traits that kept the story fresh and gave interesting interactions. I particularly enjoyed Olivia and Tess' POV's.
The one wacky thing about this book is that it's told in a very interesting POV. It's through the views of "we", the group as a whole. Although it takes a while to get a grasp on it, it proves entertaining and sets itself apart from other YA books.
I love how this really showed that if teenagers got telepathic powers, we weren't going to just turn ourselves in- first of all, no one would believe us, second, IMAGINE THE FUN.
On second thought, let's not think about how we can destroy the world.
There were a couple aspects I didn't particularly clicked with in the book, just because I'm not the type of person to be sympathetic to a person like Mackenzie, but it's good that there such variety of characters in the story to represent the different voices of teenagers.
I thought that the plot was a little random at first, as it takes the time to give background and follow about 5 characters or more, but as it wraps up in the end, it makes for a satisfying finish, feeling like it was a hilarious story you read in the newspaper today.
In the end, Don't Think About It was a light read for those wacky out there ideas that makes for something to read for slight giggles and something on the side, nothing too crazy and just a good old teenage high school story.
Posted by Carmen Yu at 12:00 PM