Don't Even Think About It book #1 by Sarah Mlynowski
What they say: Contemporary teen fiction with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP from the author of Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have).
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.
A smart and funny story about friendship, first love and surviving high school from the bestselling author of Ten Things We Shouldn't Have Done.
- Expected UK publication: May 1st 2014 by Orchard Books
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!
What I say: Class 10B suddenly find themselves with with a superpower, well sort of. Nearly all of the class develop telepathy and can hear not only each others secret thoughts, but those of everybody around them. When a lot of teenage peers can suddenly hear and know peoples thoughts, nothing remains secret for long.
I both enjoyed and was terrified by the concept. Imagine being a teenager with telepathic powers *shudders*!? The book isn't just one person's story, it's the entire classes story so we 'hear' a bit from everybody. The insight Sarah Mlynowski gives into the mind of teenagers was kinda scary!
Some are happy with their new found 'powers', whilst others hate it. What I found interesting was the idea of inner and outer voices and the role reversal going on between Mackenzie and Olivia.
The students quickly learn there is more to worry about than who is cheating on whom or who fancies whom, because these new powers have to have come from somewhere!
The only problem I had with the book was the large amount of characters and voices. It led to some confusing dialogue and it was often difficult to grasp who was speaking/thinking. I enjoyed getting inside these jumbled teenage minds but found myself getting distracted trying to keep track of them all. The constant chatter, made them seem younger and more immature than the 15/16 year olds they were supposed to be, but then again I suppose most people would be daunted suddenly faced with many opinions and secrets!
3 Stars in my Sky!