Don’t Even Think About It
By Sarah Mlynowski
Publication date: March 11, 2014
Delacorte Press, 336 pages
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.
— Goodreads.com description
Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski was super enjoyable: fun, quick and lighthearted but surprisingly thought-provoking.
I can’t think of any other book told in first-person plural, and I loved how different it made the storytelling. The book follows a group of teenagers with ESP, and because they know ALL of each others’ thoughts, they tell the story together. How smart! I usually hate multiple points of view, but this twist was so clever I couldn’t help but like it.
Fair warning: This one definitely skews a little young/predictable (perfect for middle schoolers reading up or early high school, for sure). But Sarah Mlynowski is sooooo funny that it still worked for grownup me. For something quick and easy but still unique, check this one out — especially if you fit into the REALLY A TEEN age group.