Title:Don't Even Think About It
Publication Date:November 16th 2010
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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.
This could have been done sooooo much better, it could have been amazing. Instead, it was...okay.
I received this book for free as an e-galley from Netgalley for an honest review and honestly, this book was a sub-par read. I didn't HATE it but it wasn't a super-amazing-fantastic-read either. The premise of the book was outstanding but not outstandingly done. The characters were flat and had no depth. And the ending...what ending?
Mind Reading. I think mind reading is extremely cool and totally badass and if done well can make for a really exciting novel, jam-packed with intrigue and suspense around every corner. The mind-reading aspect of this novel was done poorly (to put it nicely). The characters who could read minds' (and there were about 23 of them) thoughts were a jumbled mess and half the time, you could not really tell who was saying what. It was confusing and made this book lose a lot of brownie points with me. The mind-reading aspect was what had drawn me to this book in the first place and I was thoroughly disappointed. This had more of a Gossip Girl-feel to it than anything else.
There were no main characters in this book, just a bunch of background characters with "mind-reading" powers with no actual feelings, uniqueness or...anything really. None of the characters stood out to me, they were all boring, really and I think it is due to (going back to my last point) the quality of the mind-reading premise. There were just too many characters for any one to be significant or lasting. They were all forgettable.
The ending of this book...GAH! I wanted to choke out someone while reading it. What ending? There was no ending! It was an abrupt last chapter that left millions of questions unanswered and guess what?! It's not a series!!! So...how are they getting answered? I felt as if Ms. Mlynowski just got tired of writing this book and was like "You know what, let's just finish the book, it doesn't matter if the ending is shoddy." Out of all the endings of books I have read, I must say that this was the most annoying.
Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski was not great, not horrible but...not great. It could have been great but it flopped under the pressure. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a Gossip Girl fan and who is looking for a quick read but not necessarily expecting it to be flawless. My actual rating for this book is 1.5 cupcakes but in the spirit of wholeness, I'll give it two.