Saturday, 3 May 2014

Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and Netgalley.
Don't Even Think About It
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Don't Even Think About It(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and Netgalley.)
A group of teens discover that after a flu jab, they can suddenly hear everybody’s thoughts.
Who has secrets that they need to hide from their friends though? How long will these abilities last? And is this new-found side effect a good thing or a bad thing?

Oh dear, yet another pretty cover, with a not-so-entertaining story behind it.

I felt like I couldn’t really connect with the characters in this book, they came across as very immature and spent most of their time arguing with one another. I didn’t feel like they really approached their problems in the best way, and the constant arguing (even if it was in their heads) got annoying quite quickly.

The storyline in this should have been good, but instead became petty. Every tiny little thing was nit-picked, and the most anybody ever found out by listening to someone else’s thoughts was that they were cheating on their significant other. I did appreciate how awkward it would be to overhear your parent’s thoughts while they were having sex, and some other embarrassing situations, but most of the time the story just dissolved into petty name-calling, and making fun of people.

I think what this story needed was a good old mystery. If there had been a murderer running round, and they could hear his/her thoughts, then that would have much improved the story, and given the characters something to actually think about other than who picks their nose, and who thinks they’re fat. But unfortunately, nobody died.

There was some romance, but not a lot, and it mainly consisted of people thinking about kissing other people. For pity’s sake, if you know the boy is trying to psych himself up to kiss you, put him out of his misery and do it for him already! Especially if you want to kiss him as much as you seem to!
The ending was okay, but I was glad that I had gotten to the end to be honest. I really didn’t want to listen to their petty arguments any more.
Overall; a little immature, and with too many petty arguments,
5 out of 10.

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