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.
Photos – Ali Smith Rating – 2/5
‘Uh, ok, the book needs a cover so let’s slap something on it. There are some girls in it, let’s put some girls on it. Throw the title on. Done!’ It’s not that this cover is ugly or anything. It’s that this could be a cover for any contemporary YA out there. It’s so generic. Redeeming qualities would be the striped pattern and the bold title – both are really eye-catching. I do appreciate the sunglasses because that is the one thing about the cover that ties into the actual story.
This was a pretty ‘meh’ read for me. I really enjoyed the last book I read by Sarah Mlynowski, Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have), because it was fun and light. Don’t Even Think About It is definitely a light, fast read, but I didn’t like it much. It was a bit confusing and there were SO many characters, many of which I just didn’t care for or about.
- Cooper – Oh, Cooper, you’re one of the only characters that didn’t annoy me. Cooper is honest, positive, and kind. I felt genuinely bad for him when his parents’ issues became clear. I wish I hadn’t had to read so much crap about how Mackenzie cheated on him, and how she felt bad but was desperate to keep it a secret from him even after all of her classmates found out.
- Olivia – Olivia is shy and struggles with social anxiety. When she gets ESP, Olivia is relieved to discover that no one thinks about her nearly as much as she feared they did. Her insecurities are easy to relate to, and she’s someone who rarely has mean thoughts about the others.
- characters – There are way too many characters in Don’t Even Think About It. Nearly everyone in a homeroom class gets the flu shot that gives them mind reading powers. There are 24 of them with ESP, plus a handful of characters who don’t have it. At first it only affects a few people, but the number keeps growing and growing until we’re bouncing back and forth between so many people it’s a struggle to keep up. It’s difficult to keep everyone with ESP straight, let alone the people who don’t have it, and at one point I saw a name I wasn’t entirely sure I’d seen before. Was this someone I completely forgot about, or an editing error, or my imagination? The story mainly focuses on 11 kids with ESP, which is a lot of main characters. Then, there are 1-3 people who only one of them knows ( like family), but that’s 1-3 people multiplied by those 11 characters.
- mean/shallow – Because there are so many characters, this is a very shallow look at what would happen in this situation. The summary is what you get, there’s nothing deeper going on here and nothing’s surprising. Maybe you had a friend in high school who just didn’t approve of your relationship, or someone thought you should lose 10 pounds, or that one perv thought your body was rocking – imagine hearing all of these negative, mean, upsetting things daily and constantly. Mainly what happens is everyone starts arguing over the pettiest things – things that no one usually says out loud. This person’s offended because another person thinks they’re nosy, someone else is mad that her mind reading friends chose someone else to cheat off of on tests, and OMG, someone else heard their parents’ sexy thoughts. Ugh. Everything’s just so shallow and irritating.
- jerks – And besides all of that, there are the people who are just jerks. But no one actually needed ESP to discover that. Olivia does everything she can to please her new boyfriend instead of expressing her own interests and desires, but he refuses to do anything she wants. Olivia’s ESP just means she wasted more time than she would have with him. Tess’s ESP tells her that she’s her crush’s 2nd choice, but that should’ve been clear to her anyway.
- cause – I really, really wanted there to be a surprise somewhere in this predictable book. I desperately wanted the real cause of the ESP to be the after-flu-shot lollipops instead of the flu shot itself, because how is it any fun when the 1st theory is correct? When everyone automatically knows the true cause? No fun at all.
She was pale. She had straight dark brown hair and pale skin. You’d think while she was growing up, her favorite fairy-tale character would have been the similarly tone Snow White, but Olivia had never been able to relate to anyone who took food from strangers. – Loc. 292/3472
“Cooper, don’t take her back, man,” Cooper heard, the thought immediately pulling him back to the present. He jumped in his chair and looked around the classroom. Dave was looking at him and shaking his head. “Don’t be pathetic.”
Not only did we all have sympathy, but we listened to everything. And we all had opinions. – Loc. 2268
Acquired: NetGalley (ebook)