Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Don't Even Think About It 
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

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Do you know what I really loved about this book? It was just so lighthearted and fun! This was my first read after City of Heavenly Fire so the odds were already stacked against it when I started because I mean, how do you follow that?! But it was literally perfect for that situation. It picked me up out of my reading slump before I even realized I was in one which I loved because I thought I was going to have to force myself to read again but I was immediately sucked into the lives of these students. 
From the get go it was wonderful, the idea, the delivery, the characters all superb. it was a really great spin on the whole “kids getting superpowers” thing because instead of fighting against the government (for the most part) the students were more worried about each other and all of their secrets, hopes and dreams being made public. To make it even more unique the story was told in first person plural. it wasn’t the story of one student and her friends it was a united voice telling the reader a story which I loved because it ruled out the possibility of annoying narrator syndrome (which would have probably been impossible anyways seeing as the characters were all great!)
Okay so that’s it for non-spoilers! If you haven’t read the book, please don’t read below and spoil yourself. I strongly urge you if you’re reading this to buy and read this book because it’s just so much fun that you don’t want to miss out on!

So remember that thing I do with book character names and people on tv shows?? Well here’s how I pictured BJ. This guy played a guy on a tv show called BB and my brain was like “meh, close enough”  and rolled with it.

I bought the book from Teen Book Con which was attended by Tess Sharpe, I think you know where I’m going with this.

Pi, I kind of pictured as Julia Cho, from the Lizzie Bennet Diaries

I pictured Olivia as a girl from my school who is called Olivia whose photo I’m not posting for obvious reasons.

Right then let’s get down to business then shall we??

The group narrative was wonderful! It was just so different from how stories are normally told and I loved that so much. I went into this believing this was going to be like Mackenzie’s story and then I was introduced to all of these other awesome people and it was so cool. I mean, okay to begin with I felt  like the characters just had ONE personality trait, it was like:
Mackenzie: bitch
Olivia: Hypochondriac
Pi: Clever
BJ: Perv
Tess: Insecure
Cooper: Nice
but then as the book went on we got to see all of these characters develop and round out to have quirks and they all ended up being really full of life and I was just mesmerized by the way in which Sarah Mlynowski was able to do this because it is so rare to discover a book with such a large cast of characters who all have personalities and not one of them is just there to fill in space. The only other examples I can think of right now are Percy Jackson and Harry Potter. Furthermore at the end of book we have a mixed set of conclusions with some characters getting over their flaws, some accidentally making them worse and some not even trying to fix things (Olivia, Mackenzie, Pi).

Okay, Pi is an absolute lunatic! She started off quite relate able and then as the book progressed she just got darker and darker. In the meanwhile, Olivia was developing beautifully as a character and really coming out of her shell which I really loved and when she basically told Lazar to shove it up his arse, I totally fist pumped because she had come full circle and beaten away all of her past anxiety and insecurity. It’s sort of like Mackenzie is what would probably happen, Olivia is what you would hope to happen and Pi is what you really shouldn’t do if this situation should occur.

Even though they completely fell apart in this book I was so shipping Mackenzie and Cooper and am kinda pissed about the whole Olivia/Cooper thing though I’m glad it seems Olivia has found someone she deserves and will apreciate her for who she really is. I shipped BJ and Tess like FedEx the whole way through the book, it was great to watch their relationship blossom. BJ grew whe hell up into a great, kind person which was really nice and I hope he and Tess will make it through book 2.

  • Mackenzie/Cooper/Olivia love triangle (which was kind of obvious). I think that Mack/Cooper will win out in the end and that Olivia will find someone she is truly meant to be with. 
  • Or, Cooper and Olivia will become a thing but he’ll have a passionate make out sesh with Mackenzie, ending that relationship and Olivia will never forgive him
  • The group will exile Pi for what she tried to do to them
  • The parents/government/school will go batshitcrazy at the kids for not taking the antidote and one of them will proably get kidnapped to get tests done on them or something which will lead to an awesome rescue mission in which Pi will do something big to redeem herself (i might have been reading a bit too much fantasy/dystopian lately….)
  • Someone in the school is going to find out about one of them and try to blackmail them with it or something.
  • Cooper will move out of his parent’s house to avoid them

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