Thursday, March 27, 2014

Don't Even Think About It

Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
Publication Date: March 11, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 336
Keywords: telepathy, high school, popularity
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley (thank you!)
Get It: Book Depository
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 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.
When I started this book I was extremely confused. Narrated in the plural first person, the book comes from the point of view of the entire class, but then seems to shuffle around as the book goes on. There are roughly 20 (ish?) people in the class that are affected by this telepathy issue going on, and my main problem with the book was that it was extremely difficult to keep up with who was who, who liked who, who had family problems, and so on.

There was a significantly high level of suspension of disbelief for this book, too. I mean, telepathy from a flu shot? But okay. I'll buy it. Then, they figured it out LITERALLY on their first guess. In about a paragraph. And logically, it had to be it. Of course. So if you move past that, there was still a lot going on, and I have a ton of unanswered questions I don't want to get into here for fear of spoiling.

I was also a little irritated about the sheer number of stereotypes in this book. Every single member of the class fit into some sort of mold in some way or another. And the adults. And pretty much everyone in the book.

But I mean, it was still cute, I guess, I did finish it and the plot held my interest enough to make me want to know how it all panned out. I imagine it'd be good for a younger crowd, but there were a couple points (some random f-bombs came out of nowhere) that seemed too old, but the general feel of the book did not match up with that.

Did anyone else feel kind of strange about this book? I don't know, I was mostly disappointed it wasn't holding up to a lot of thinking or questioning.

3 comments:

  1. Yes! I was so ...eh? What? on this one. Glad I'm not alone!

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    1. That's a lot of what I've been seeing — I think it has potential, there was just too much that I was confused about and/or too many things happening at once for me to feel super invested.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. I DNF'd. I thought it was really stupid. I don't DNF often, but god, I couldn't help it. IT didn't work for me. I didn't like it, including the conceit :(

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