Title: Don’t Even Think About It.
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Published: To Be Published: March 11, 2014. (I received this book as an ARC through Netgalley for my honest review)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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 really enjoyed this book, it was a cute quick read that made me laugh out loud at times. I do feel that there were a lot of characters to cover, and so it felt a little rushed at times. I liked the slow build from individual story lines to the one strong thread–the ‘we’ narrative. One character that really stood out to me was Olivia. I liked her development and her growth. She really came into her own and began to stand on her own feet, rather than hiding in the shadows from her peers.
I found the romance aspects a little silly, but it is about high school students, and the relationships are accurately portrayed. The big reveal was handled well and I liked the end. To me it felt complete. It’s a cute, quick read that’s laugh out loud silly at times, and emotional at others.