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

by - April 10, 2014

The US Cover is much nicer.
Format: eCopy (received for review)
High School, Romance, Paranormal
Pages: 338
Publisher: Orchard Books
Release Date:
May 1st 2014
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This is the story of how we became freaks. It's how a group of I's became a we.

When Class 10B got their flu shots, they expected some side effects. Maybe a sore arm. Maybe a headache. They definitely didn't expect to get telepathy. But suddenly they could hear what everyone was thinking. Their friends. Their teachers. Their parents. Now they all know that Tess has a crush on her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper. Some of them will thrive. Some of them will break. None of them will ever be the same. 

Don't Even Think About It is a cute, funny story about growing up and all that entails in high school, only with a twist - when the class of 10B go to get their flu shots, they become telepathic, hearing everyone else's thoughts. At first this seems terrifying until they understand what's going on, then fun. However they get a lot more than they bargained for and have to deal with the consequences of past lies from both themselves and their parents.

This feels very much like a High School movie to me and has all the elements of one - romance, crushes, exam stress, life stress, weight issues. I found the story quite enjoyable and it was easy to lose myself in it. There are quite a lot of characters in this, which are all easy to distinguish which is which - which is unusual for me (so much which). The romance between nearly every character did seem to be the secondary focus after the ESP itself. The story itself is best described as 'cute'. It's a fluffy read and I didn't worry about any of the characters during it because I knew it just wasn't that sort of book.

I didn't like a few things in the book. In places it was a bit too cute at times and a bit too simply written. At the beginning there was a bit too much telling instead of showing and in other places I did feel like the idea of having the point of a view as a collective was forgotten about and then wedged in. I really didn't like Tess's mom constantly thinking the normal sized Tess was 'too fat' and should 'lose a few pounds' constantly. It wasn't seen as a horrible thing, just a parent thing and I found it shocking.

I did enjoy this book very much, it just had a few problems that I can't overlook which is why I gave it three stars. That isn't a negative review. I didn't know until the end of the story that this is the start of a series and I am definitely interested in reading the sequel at the moment, although I'm hoping the cover is a bit less... pink. If you're a fan of high school dramas or just want a fun fluffy read, I recommend this!

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  1. I accidentally requested this book! Gah, stupid me, and of COURSE I got approved when usually I get declined for everything. -_- My luck is so warped. But *ahem* I'm not really sure I'm going to enjoy it. Most reviews I've seen so far are like 2 stars or lower, sooo, I'm a bit worried!

    1. It's one of those books for me. You'll probably understand - it's vaguely enjoyable if a bit bland and I didn't mind reading it but I've already forgotten half of the plot.

  2. Anonymous12:13 pm BST

    Not sure if I'm mixing this up with another book, but it seems familiar. It's an interesting concept, although from memory the review I read was negative, so not sure if I should get this one or not.


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