Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Review: Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
Publisher: Orchard Books
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: May 1st, 2014
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!