Review: Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Friday, September 19, 2014

Don't Even Think About It
Title: Don't Even Think About It (Don't Even Think About It #1)
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date of Publication: March 11, 2014

Contemporary teen fiction with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP from the author of Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have).

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.

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Praise for Don't Even Think About It

“Sarah Mlynowski does it again with a fresh, fun, and fabulous story filled with secrets, surprises, and a sixth sense. Don’t even THINK about passing up this hilarious read!” —Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club

“Finally, someone understands that if you develop powers as a teenager, it’s not the government you have to watch out for—it’s your best friends. Funny, realistic, heartfelt, satiric, and unpredictable.” —Ned Vizzini, New York Times bestselling author of It’s Kind of a Funny Story

“A tour-de-force comic narration that will leave you gasping in awe—if you ever catch your breath from laughing.”—E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars

"Mlynowski continues to make comedy look easy in this smart and frequently hilarious novel, which features a collective first-person narrative that fits the premise like a glove... Filled with heartbreak, hilarity, and some brutal truths, Mlynowski’s novel will leave readers thinking about the gaps between our private and public selves and the lies we tell others and ourselves." --Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

"Mlynowski hits all the right notes. There's enough levity to keep readers laughing, but this is far from fluff--the real-life commotions are engaging, and the characters are fully developed. The story is funny, sweet and true to life, as readers have come to expect from Mlynowski. Her teens are emotional without being drama queens, amusing but not twee. A perfect read."--RT Book Reviews

Review

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Random House - Delacorte Press and NetGalley for the review copy! Having received one did not affect my views of the novel.

*This review is super late. The draft has been sitting since March and I read it last March so forgive me if I can't remember details! This review will be short too because like I said, I can't remember everything and I don't take notes.*

Honestly, I wasn't planning on reading this one as early as I did if not for Nina of The Bookish Confections. (Click on the link for her review!) She said she recently read it and enjoyed it so I had to check it out and see for myself. I've been eyeing it and so I requested for it but I wasn't planning on reading it sooner but thank gods I did!

Fun fun FUN!!! I had a blast reading this. The style takes a bit of getting used to as it seems like there's an omnipresent narrator when in fact, all of them are narrating it. Sounds confusing? You see, after getting flu shots, most of this class (oh lord, I can't remember their class name!), suddenly got telepathic powers. They now know what everyone is thinking and now, all of their secrets are out in the open with them. Mackenzie cheated on Cooper (poor, poor Cooper!!!), Tess is in love with Teddy and he doesn't, and who's hooking up with who. So now, they're all telling us all the stories because really, what someone thinks about is common knowledge to all of them. Once you get the hang of the narration, all you'll have is FUN.


Going into detail, I just love how Sarah captured teenspeak and teens perfectly. Sure, their concerns might appear shallow but it's nice to look into these teens because everyone's been in their shoes. And while some people might think this is a shallow read, for me, it didn't appear shallow. I think it subtly tackles privacy and the knowing how other people think can be a metaphor/analogy for today's social media, where we know what everyone thinks or everyone wants you to think about.

As for the characters, I loved them all. We get all the stereotypes in high school: the shy girl, the couple, the mind-in-the-gutter guy, the nerds, the short guy, the scary girl, everyone! It's like a heightened version of high school because this class knows everything and they also know what each other are thinking. How do they keep secrets? As expected, everyone is irritated with someone and it was so campy and addicting to read about these teenagers get at it or be passive-aggressive about it. I especially enjoyed being able to win over a guy because you know what he wants. That's a smart way of using your power! But ultimately, not fulfilling because kids, you should be who you are. No pretending. :)

Before I end up writing yet another long review, just know that I really enjoyed reading this and that's all it matters at times. So looking forward to the sequel!

About Sarah Mlynowski

Sarah is the author of the Magic in Manhattan and Whatever After series, as well as Gimme a Call, Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have), Milkrun, and more.

Her books have been translated into twenty-nine languages and optioned to Hollywood. Sarah was born in Montreal but now lives and writes in New York City.

2 comments:

  1. While this one was most definitely not what I was expecting, I did end up enjoying. Once I started reading it as a fun, YA story I had a much better time. I am honestly looking forward to the sequel. Now, I can say that I hope the sequel has a little more depth to it than this one did, but still keeps its fun, not so serious side too!

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    1. YES to everything you said! I sure hope the sequel will have more depth but if it doesn't, it's still okay. I'm sure I'll still have fun!

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