Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Review: Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Publisher: Orchard Books
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: May 1st, 2014
Rating: 7/10

Amazon summary:

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. 


I really enjoyed Sarah Mlynowski's last book, Ten Things We Shouldn't Have Done, so I was looking forward to Don't Even Think About It. It's another fun teen read with a memorable plot, a host of different characters - some likeable and some not - and writing that flows off the page. I enjoyed it and read it all in one sitting - that seems to be the way to read a Mlynowski book!

Narrated by the students themselves, Don't Even Think About It tells the story of class 10B and how they end up hearing people's thoughts. After a routine flu vaccination, they all start to display signs of ESP - extrasensory perception - their eyes change colour and suddenly nothing can be a secret anymore. The Espies find themselves in a position of great power and the only question is, how will they use it?

I love the premise of this book! The telepathy creates so much drama and upset that it's like watching a car crash unfold. Relationships have no secrets, friendships are seen for what they really are and non-Espies are manipulated against their knowledge. It raises a lot of questions about morals and right and wrong, and Mlynowski addresses them all well. I'm still thinking about it now, wondering what would happen if I suddenly had these abilities or knew someone that did. Life would certainly never be the same again.

I had a love/hate relationship with these characters, which I think is the point. Hearing their thoughts really showed their personalities and their true feelings, and not all of them were favourable. I couldn't warm to Queen Bee Mackenzie at all, and, if I had to choose, Cooper would be top of my Espie list. He's the only person who seems to want to do the right thing, and it stands out. I hope we see a lot more of him in the next book.

I didn't like Don't Even Think About It quite as much as Ten Things We Shouldn't Have Done, but it's a thought-provoking, fast-paced read and I'll definitely be picking up the sequel. I have a feeling life is about to get VERY interesting for the Espies, especially because their secret isn't as secret as they thought. Bring it on!


Bookaholic 007 said...

I'm glad that you enjoyed this! I didn't love it as much as I was hoping to :(

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I really loved the strange group consciousness narration of this. I think that without such an unusual approach it may have fell a little short, but it didn't and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Jesse Owen said...

Ooh! This sounds fabulous - great review :)