Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Title: Don't Even Think About It
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Published by: Orchard
Publication date: 1st May 2014
Pages: 299
Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary/Paranormal/Science Fiction
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the Guardian newspaper.

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. 

Up until this book I had never read anything featuring telepathy. Luckily, Don't Even Think About It was definitely a good place to start. Just like Mlynowski's previous book Gimme a Call, this book was funny, well executed, and original. After months of being in a terrible reading slump, I raced through this in just a couple of hours, so don't even think about asking me if I loved it...of course I did!

There are so many things I enjoyed about the writing. Firstly, the story is told by a group of people. I don't mean each chapter is in first-person and from a different POV, I mean it was told in third person and each character would chip in to being one collective voice. I'm not sure if that makes sense but it's the only way I can really explain it. Anyway, that was what I loved most about the writing, because it was like having a bunch of friends telling me about something which had happened to them. I'm glad Mlynowski went down this route - had she written in first person and dedicated different chapters to different POVs, I don't think it would have flowed so well.

Secondly, there are so many references to the YA bookish community. I didn't expect that! For example, near the beginning of the book there is a nail polish named 'We Were Liars', which Mlynowski has confirmed on Twitter that it was indeed a reference to We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. One of the characters liked writing, and one of her thoughts about her new telepathic powers was, "This is going to make a great book one day. Not that anyone would believe it. I'll have to call it fiction." And then my jaw dropped. Just a little bit. I'm sure this didn't happen to the author, but...well...

And lastly, I just loved the voice. Mlynowski has this unique and incredibly awesome way of storytelling, which I love. She puts her own twist on things. Like telepathy. Not the most original thing in the world to write about, but she made it original, and she made it her own. Becoming telepathic through flu jabs? You have to admit that's pretty cool, and I had a lot of fun reading it.

If you already have this book, you should bump it to the top of your TBR pile, and if you don't have it already then why not order it by clicking here? You can't not read this book. Don't even think about it. ;)
I made the 'don't even think about it' joke twice in one review. I feel ashamed of myself.


  1. WOW. I absolutely had no idea that there was such a book like this out there! Like I'm definitely going to see if my library has it, or request it, or something! I'm really glad I discovered this book through your review Amber!

  2. I like the premise of Don't Even Think About It but I've seen mixed reviews, which have made me a bit wary... I think I'll keep an eye out for it, however; great review!

  3. Yay so glad you liked it! I agree it was a lot of fun. And now I totally have to read Gimme a Call...... #biggestTBRever