Skip to main content

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

Don't Even Think About ItTitle: Don't Even Think About It
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Series:  n/a
Pages:  304
Publisher: Orchard Books
Date of Publication: 1st May, 2014
Source: For review from the publisher via netGalley
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.


My Thoughts:
I'd heard a lot of good things about this book from people who've read it on Twitter and Goodreads, so I was excited to get started and once I had I knew it wouldn't take me long. I've only read one of Sarah Mlynowski's other books, Ten Things We Shouldn't Have Done. which I really enjoyed, and so I was expecting more of the same (which I'm happy to report, I got!). With a very readable voice and an interesting concept, Don't Even Think About It was a fun read that I'd definitely recommend for a light summer read.

The story goes like this: a class in a high school in America get their flu jabs. Or what they think are flu jabs. However, instead of vaccinating them against the flu, they get telepathy. Pretty cool, right? Well, at first it kind of is, for some of the students, at least... But then secrets start coming out and there's nowhere to hide, and that's where the story gets interesting.

I really liked the concept of the book. I've read about people who can mind read before, but as far as I can remember, I've never read anything about a whole group of people can read everyone's minds. It's much more interesting than just having say, one (*ahem*Edward Cullen*ahem*) who can read your mind - that's not much fun! I liked reading about how at first everyone was like, 'Ooh this is cool' and they can find out all of the gossip (who doesn't love a bit of gossip? ;) ) and then the downward spiral as they realise they no longer have any privacy any more and find out all about each other - things that they do not want to know, or to be known about themselves.

While I did enjoy it, there was one thing that really bugged me. There are so many characters and it jumps from each character's story without warning and without indication. There are at least fifteen in the class who get the telepathy, and the novel tries to follow all of their stories individually and it gets a bit confusing. It took me about half the book to finally be able to remember everyone's names, let alone what each of their secrets were and what their story was, and occasionally I had to flip back and reread sections just to remind myself of what had happened, which was kind of a bummer. By the end of the book though I'm pretty sure I had it all ironed out so don't let that put you off.

Overall Don't Even Think About It is a really good read, and I definitely recommend it if you're in the mood for a light-hearted and fun teenage drama with a little science fiction-esque twist. While it is perhaps a little messy in execution, the narrative voice is easy to read and it has a really authentic teenage feel to the story and the characters. I'm looking forward to reading more of Sarah's books in the future!


*Huge thanks to Orchard Books and NetGalley for allowing me access to this title in exchange for an honest review! In no way has this affected my opinion of the book. 

Comments

  1. This sounds brilliant - though I'm not sure how I will get on with tracking characters if you struggled till half way through!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I really want to read this as it sounds cool but I have to admit the fact you say its confusing to follow about 15 characters concerns me as I don't have the best memory.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for commenting! :D I love comments, so comment away! :D

*I am no longer accepting blog awards :( I do not have time to go through all the things that come with it, and though I'm honoured you thought of me, I'm sure you can find someone who will love it, and be able to carry out the rules :)

Popular posts from this blog

REVIEW: A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood

Hello all! Hope you're all enjoying the summer! I'm currently on holiday in a huge castle in the South of France and enjoying relaxing, playing games, and of course reading a lot! 

Today's post is a review of a dreamy summer romance that's perfect for your holiday TBRs!
Title: A Sky Painted Gold Author: Laura Wood
Series:  n/a
Pages:  356
Publisher: Scholastic
Date of Publication: 5th July, 2018
Source: Publisher for review*
Synopsis from Goodreads:Growing up in her sleepy Cornish village dreaming of being a writer, sixteen-year-old Lou has always wondered about the grand Cardew house which has stood empty for years. And when the owners arrive for the summer - a handsome, dashing brother and sister - Lou is quite swept off her feet and into a world of moonlit cocktail parties and glamour beyond her wildest dreams.

But, as she grows closer to the Cardews, is she abandoning her own ambitions... And is there something darker lurking at the heart of the Cardew family?


My Thoughts:
A …

REVIEW: It's A Wrap by Perdita and Honor Cargill

Good morning! I have finally finished my degree (woohoo!) and so I (should) have all the time in the world for reading and blogging now! Here's a review of the final book in a series that I always love to read when I'm revising... 



Read on for why I enjoyed this so much! 
Title: It's A Wrap  Author: Perdita and Honor Cargill
Series:  Waiting For Callback, #3
Pages:  351
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Date of Publication: 31st May, 2018
Source: Author
Synopsis from Goodreads:Elektra James is back and her life is more hilariously chaotic than ever!

Elektra is hoping for BIG things this year... She's finished her first feature film (even if her character was unexpectedly killed off half-way through filming), hosted the party of the year (well, before her mum arrived and threw everyone out - how embarrassing!) and managed to become Archie Mortimer's Actual Real Life girlfriend (for now anyway...), so things are most definitely moving in the right direction. But with social media…

SERIES REVIEW: The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Hello! Welcome to my appreciation post for one of my favourite series - The Illuminae Files!


I'm going to try and keep it non-spoilery but be cautious if you've only read Illuminae and/or Gemina
THE FACTS: Series title: The Illuminae Files
Series authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Rock the Boat
Series completion date: 13th March, 2018

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results…