March 6, 2014
Review: Don't Even Think About It
Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
Release date: March 11, 2014
This ARC was provided by Netgalley and Random House Children's Books in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: 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.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The concept is excellent. Don't we all wish we knew what others were thinking? I thought the narration was good. I was a bit confused at first as to who was telling the story, but I got into it pretty quickly. But most of the characters ended up feeling flat and one-dimensional, all personalities I've seen too many times before. The resolution felt awkward. Swearing and sexual content grew to be a bit too excessive. I did like how some things ended-certain couples, friendships, and so forth. Also, can I just say that the cover doesn't fit this book at all?
The Verdict: Overall, Don't Even Think About It was just very meh for me. I was preapproved for it on Netgalley, so I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, I was left less than thrilled.