REVIEW: Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

I received this book for free from Orchard Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

REVIEW: Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah MlynowskiDon't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
Series: Don't Even Think About It #1
Published by Orchard Books on 1st May 2014
Genres: contemporary, paranormal, young adult
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source: Orchard Books
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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.

What would you do if you could read the minds of the people around you? It sure would be handy when you’ve fallen out with someone and don’t know what you’ve done wrong, or need to tell if someone is lying. Don’t Even Think About It explores this in a fun and gripping way.

When Class 10B have their flu injections, things seem normal at first. Then they start to hear the voices. With all of their secrets laid bare, how will this group of students cope as they’re forced to cooperate by something completely out of their hands?

Although I’m sure there are many novels about telepathy out there, Mlynowski has taken on a very contemporary attitude in Don’t Even Think About It so, even if we take the telepathy out, it still stands on its own with other things going on that are equally as interesting to read about.

Don’t Even Think About It is unusual in the style it is written. Instead of your conventional first or third person, it is written in a collective third person, from the perspective of the group of students as a whole.

My favourite characters by far were Mackenzie and Cooper, who I wholeheartedly ship, no matter what happened during the novel.

Even though there are a lot of characters to get to know and get used to, you learn to love each one individually, despite the manner of the narrative. There’s betrayal and drama, but there’s also a sense of the cute and sweet side to contemporary fiction. It’s a perfect mix!

Whilst reading, I was constantly thinking: How would I act if I were in the same situation as the ESPies? I know I’d freak out big time!

I really, really, really can’t wait to read the next instalment from Mlynowski because I can already tell how much I’ll love it! If it’s half as good as Don’t Even Think About It, it will be amazing.


Lucy Powrie

Lucy Powrie is a blogger, YouTuber and author from the UK. When she's not reading, she enjoys cuddling guinea pigs and eating Oreo chocolate, but let's be real: she's mostly always reading.


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    22 August, 2014

    “There’s betrayal and drama, but there’s also a sense of the cute and sweet side to contemporary fiction.”

    Okay, I kinda maybe need this book in my life. I am in the mood for a book exactly like this & the concept sounds amazing. AH I WANT.

    Thank you for the lovely review!
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    22 August, 2014

    I keep seeing this in bookshops but I think was put off by the girly cover – this is completely different to what I was expecting! Great, well written review, will be giving this a try!
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    24 August, 2014

    I didn’t expect to love this anywhere near as much as I did! I really enjoyed the unusual narrative style – gave it flair and a hint of something different. Glad you loved it!

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    Jesse Owen

    26 August, 2014

    This sounds brilliant – I’m really intrigued about this ‘collective third person’ way of telling the story – sounds rather unique 🙂
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