Title: Don’t Even Think About It
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: March 11, 2014
Source/Format: Netgalley / eARC
Opening Sentence: “We were not always freaks.”
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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.
I really wanted to like Don’t Even Think About It. From the moment I heard about the subject matter I knew I had to read this book. I wish I could say that I enjoyed it, but to be completely honest I was bored for much of the time I was reading. It felt like I was reading this book forever and hitting the last page was something of a relief.
At the very beginning Don’t Even Think About It kind of read like a TV show. It felt something like a montage of the character’s lives that you would get at the beginning of the series on the first episode. It was interesting at the beginning but I can see how it would get old quickly. There were so many characters in this book that real, in-depth character development was basically impossible. The book would’ve been gigantic and the story suffered for it.
The biggest problem for me, though, was that throughout the entire book there was basically no plot. I mean, yeah, things were happening, but it felt like a book full of events that really added up to nothing. There were a whole lot of dating and relationship problems and other mundane things like that, but when it came to the telepathy there wasn’t a whole lot going on. The characters occasionally got annoyed with always hearing other people’s thoughts and having their thoughts heard too, but that was basically the biggest conflict. I expected more and maybe that’s my fault, but I feel like this book had so much unharnessed potential. Womp womp.
For the most part Don’t Even Think About It is good in theory but the execution falls flat. The characters were kind of annoying and the plot half-baked. (SIDENOTE: I feel like most of the stuff that these characters were thinking and talking about was related to sex, which is a bummer because again, so much potential.) The reason this review isn’t getting one star is purely because the concept is good. I like the concept… I just wish I had liked the book too.