Book Title: Don’t Even Think About It
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Number of Pages: 296
Goodreads Average Rating: 3.72/5
My Rating: 5/5
Synopsis from Goodreads: “SECRETS. SCANDALS. ESP.
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.”
Review: I absolutely enjoyed this book. It’s a very light read which serves as a nice break from the heavy/dark books I read recently.
This book is about a group of students who suddenly obtain psychic abilities after getting a contaminated flu shot. The next morning, they wake up to find that they are able to read the minds of everyone around them.
Now that would be very cool, wouldn’t it?
“Normal is boring. Who wants that?” – Sarah Mlynowski – Don’t Even Think About It
They start learning more about how to use their abilities to give them an advantage, and to learn the secrets of everyone they meet. Some of them are able to take advantage of this ability to make themselves better; While others have their worlds fall apart because of the secrets they never knew about before getting this ability.
“Nobody knows what another person is thinking. They may imagine they do, but they are nearly always wrong.” Agatha Christie – The Mysterious Mr. Quinn
Now this quote was from another book I read this month. It relates to the plot of this book by showing how you can really not know what other people are really thinking unless you read their minds. And once you start to read their minds, you will find out a lot of things which you may not like or agree with.
As a kid, I always wanted to read other people’s minds (yes, I watched way too much Charmed and X-Men), but I also wanted to be able to block my mind from being read by others (yes, I read Harry Potter too). I always thought that it would be great to be able to know if someone is lying to you. But as you grow up, you start to notice when other people lie without having any abilities. Especially if you are very close to them.