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.
Don’t Even Think About It appealed to me right away from the premise – an entire group of high schoolers that suddenly have the ability to hear each others thoughts – and the thoughts of people around them. Fascinating, right? Especially for that age group.
Don’t Even Think About It was a mixed bag for me. While I did enjoy reading it and I found myself smiling once in awhile at various points – it was never laugh out loud funny for me. Definitely a light-hearted read, which is what I expected, but these young adult books that are supposed to be funny…well they just never are very funny to me. I don’t hold it against the author that I didn’t laugh out loud because humor is so subjective though.
Don’t Even Think About It is one of those “fluffy” light-hearted reads that’s probably best read after you get done reading a serious tome or perhaps a serious contemporary “issues” read in which you need a break from all that seriousness.
This is all about the teenage drama. Someone cheated on her boyfriend over the summer and now all those “in the know” with these special mind reading powers – know. There’s other dramas as well, big and small. I mean imagine if suddenly you could hear everyone’s inner thoughts? I think the author did a good job portraying the good and bad aspects of this.
I have to be honest that I was surprised I wasn’t more confused – as we are often put into more than one characters thoughts in a single page. Sometimes we do not know who exactly is saying what because the thoughts are coming so fast and furiously, but we get what the conversation is about. I think sticklers for details might find this a tad annoying but I just went with it.
Don’t Even Think About It
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