Review: Don’t Even Think About It by Sara Mlynowski

Review: Don’t Even Think About It by Sara Mlynowski

Don't Even Think About It

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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  1. I received this and think I will pass it on to my nineteen year old. I am glad you enjoyed it and sometimes you are right this is perfect for in-between those books that leave you spent!
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  2. The jumping about POV worries me. I like to stay firmly in ONE head. πŸ˜‰ Otherwise…it gets kind of dizzying, eh? I’ve heard this is reeeally fluffy so I think I’ll probably skip it. I do like a bit of fluff now and again…buuuut, the teenage drama is starting to get to me. XD
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    • Yeah, this was pretty much all teenage drama except for the mind-reading aspect. The jumping POV’s wasn’t as bad as I figured it would be.. but since a lot of time they speak to each other in a group all at the same time (as you would if you were just thinking) it can get a big overwhelming at times, but the author did a good job on this I thought. It could’ve been way worse! πŸ˜€

  3. Hmm, I think this might be a little too fluffy. When I saw the cover I was already ‘nope’ so I didn’t know it was about reading minds. That’s a funny concept, but I’m sorry to hear it didn’t really work for you on the humor part!
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    • Yeah, this was a bit too fluffy for my taste as well. I wish the mind-reading aspect had been delved into a little bit further.. or that we actually figured out more about it.. I felt like that was just underused except to create more drama. Yeah the humor aspect is always a toss up for me in YA (and really other genres too, esp genres that are specifically humor) so I never go in thinking that is going to be a strong point – that way if it does hit my funny bone it’s a pleasant surprise πŸ˜€

  4. I wasn’t able to finish the book , and the many POV’s were a turn off. Great review
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    • Glad I’m not the only one who felt disappointed by this one! I felt like the mind reading aspect was so underused! It could’ve been so much better!

  5. Ehh.. this doesn’t really appeal to me. I am not into teen drama, the premise does sound fun and I appreciate that it is light hearted, but I don’t think it is for me!
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  6. I put this down after the first chapter. Once I found out they were all narrators, I was kind of like, “blah.” I liked the author’s last novel, but I’m not a fan of jumping narrative. I can suffer through dual-POV, but not 5 or 6.
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