Expected Publication: March 11th 2014 by Random House Children’s Books
Genre: Young Adult | Science Fiction
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Since the first of the year I’ve read everything from children’s books to literary fiction. I think 2014 will be a year of fantasy and literary escapes for me, but I still love young adult. So, when I was given the chance to read and review Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski it was perfect timing for a YA fix.
Blurb taken from NetGalley:
Secrets. Scandals. ESP. A terrific and sexy new novel about a group of Tribeca teens from Sarah Mlynowski that will immediately appeal to fans of realistic fiction as well as readers who enjoy a little magic.
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 loved the premise of a group of teenagers being able to hear the thoughts of people around them and each other. Can you imagine what that would be like? I believe it would overwhelm me. Mlynowski did a fantastic job of portraying the effects this power has on the individuals. No two react the same. It overwhelms, it empowers, it pushes them all in directions they don’t expect.
The characters are diverse in their personalities and yet remain typical teenagers. Some of their conversational thoughts had me singing, “I’m so glad, that I’m not young, anymore.” Maurice Chevalier would be proud. It was interesting to witness their journeys. It’s told from a collective point of view as if all the ESPies (that’s what they call themselves) sat down and told their tale together. Without opening their mouths.
The story itself is really good, one of cause and effect. I think the plot played out with well paced dramatic scenes that pulled it all together. The initial setup of character and setting was interesting, but not engrossing. Once the plot kicked in it was hard to stop reading.
I liked this book and it was a fun read. If YA and science-fiction are your thing, you’ll like it too.