Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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


Release Date: March 11, 2014
Publisher: Random House Children's books
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Twitter | Website | Goodreads

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.




It was a cute story about a group of kids who get telepathic abilities from a flu shot.
It's a solid 3 star read, and I think it will do very well with the younger readers. However, I doubt that this will crossover well into the adult market, or even into the older YA audiences.
It's got a teeny bopper flavor to the story that kept me from fully caring what happened to the characters, but I'm not the target audience, so I'm not trying to be insulting. The closest I can come to describing the story is by comparing Mlynowski to Ally Carter. I thought Carter's books were cute, but too young for my taste. I think it's more for the 12-15 year old crowd?

There are some somewhat 'mature' subjects that are discussed, but I would feel comfortable letting my girls read this in a few years, especially since there isn't anything graphically portrayed.
It seems like the author tried to deal with every imaginable problem that a young teen could be facing. Body image, popularity, parental abandonment issues, adultery (among parents), social anxiety, unrequited love, cheating, self-sabotaging behavior, etc.. And since there is a large group of kids to work with, every social group is pretty much represented. It's pretty cliche, but for someone younger (who hasn't been reading for decades), this could be a very good book.

I'd recommend this one for girls who are about to enter high school, or maybe who just started high school. The book has too much female flavor for me to think that a lot of boys are going to like this one, and it's too simple for me to recommend it to adults who like YA.



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