Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Publisher: Hatchette Children's
Date of Publication: May 1st 2014
Source: For review via NetGalley
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Don't Even Think About It made me, slightly ironically, think. Quite a lot, in fact, for the situation the teenagers in this book are put in made me wonder what it would be like if it really happened.
The book follows a class, Homeroom 10B, from Manhattan, but when they get a flu jab, it comes with telepathy, or ESP (Extra Special Powers). Naturally, many twists and turns happen due to this... Boy trouble, arguments, even learning horrible things about your parents!
I love the idea of mind-reading, ESP and telepathy, so I knew immediately that this would probably be my type of book. I was right; and the idea was played out perfectly, and Mlynowski set the scene and formed vivid characters. This all came together to form this amazing read.
Each character had their own story, something they wanted no-one to ever know; which, of course, didn't stay that way for long. These stories make each character a little closer to heart. My favourite ultimately, was Tess - someone who wanted to be a writer some day and was self-conscious of her weight, body and looks. (Sound familiar, Charli?)
"She was well aware because her mother told
her daily, and not so subtly."
Mlynowski also built up this plot of the telepathy by detailing when each character got it and their circumstances; how they felt and how they began to go about dealing with it. This really worked for me because I could connect to the characters even further. I also really liked how all of the class came together in a group and helped each other out. It had that sense of belonging and showing that they could still get along through the twists and turns.
I loved this book. With an awesome, unique plotline and idea; developed characters, this is just a generally amazing, light, fluffy read.