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Don't Even Think About It

Don't Even Think About It

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by Sarah Mlynowski

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A contemporary teen novel with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP from the author of Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) and Bras & Broomsticks!

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.


A contemporary teen novel with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP from the author of Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) and Bras & Broomsticks!

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.

"Smart and frequently hilarious."—Publishers Weekly, starred

“A tour-de-force comic narration that will leave you gasping in awe—if you ever catch your breath from laughing.”—E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars

“Hilarious, moving, and utterly ingenious.”—Robin Wasserman, author of The Book of Blood and Shadow and The Waking Dark
“Sarah Mlynowski does it again with a fresh, fun, and fabulous story filled with secrets, surprises, and a sixth sense. Don’t even THINK about passing up this hilarious read!” —Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club
“Finally, someone understands that if you develop powers as a teenager, it’s not the government you have to watch out for—it’s your best friends. Funny, realistic, heartfelt, satiric, and unpredictable.” —Ned Vizzini, New York Times bestselling author of It’s Kind of a Funny Story

A 2015 Tayshas High School Reading List title

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 01/06/2014
Mlynowski (Ten Things We Did ) continues to make comedy look easy in this smart and frequently hilarious novel, which features a collective first-person narrative that fits the premise like a glove. When a group of Manhattan 10th graders inadvertently receives telepathic abilities from tainted flu shots, things rapidly get chaotic (and noisy). Finding out too much information dramatically upends family relationships, friendships, and romances. Discovering the intimate details of their parents’ sex lives nearly undoes two teens, but others, like ultra-ambitious Pi, embrace their new superpower. Then there’s Mackenzie, who can no longer hide that she cheated on her boyfriend, and Olivia, whose quiet façade starts to crumble, whether she likes it or not (“Olivia sank even further. They can hear me worrying about my dumbness! And now they can hear me worrying about worrying about my dumbness. It’s a friggin’ house of mirrors”). Filled with heartbreak, hilarity, and some brutal truths, Mlynowski’s novel will leave readers thinking about the gaps between our private and public selves and the lies we tell others and ourselves. Ages 12–up. Agent: Laura Dail, Laura Dail Literary Agency. (Mar.)
VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Jen McIntosh
When Homeroom 10B is scheduled to get flu shots, some of the students are nervous, some are nonchalant, but none of them expect to wind up with telepathy. That is what happens to all but two (who did not receive shots) of the New York City high school sophomores in 10B. They quickly discover that telepathy has both good and bad aspects and decide to keep their new talent a secret from the rest of the school and their parents. The “Espies” are so wrapped up in their own thoughts that they have become a “we” instead of twenty-two individual “I”s. Only a handful of the Espies are main characters—cheater MacKenzie and her loyal boyfriend Cooper, weight-obsessed Tess, overachiever Pi, and painfully shy Olivia. Readers will not mind not having a clear narrator in this fun and funny quick read. Despite the occasional fluff, Mlynowski’s characters learn something about themselves and each other throughout the novel. Olivia’s transformation is the most striking and fun to watch. Her telepathy gives her a chance to relate to her classmates in a way the extremely shy girl could never do before. Teens will enjoy the inner hypocritical, snarky judgments that the teen girls make of each other while at the same time vocalizing supportive comments. The inner thoughts of most of the boys are exactly as one would expect—crude and centered on one topic. Dialog and language are realistic and best suited for mature readers and not for the tween audience. Reviewer: Jen McIntosh; Ages 12 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
Welcome to the worst fear of the anti-vaccination movement: A group of teens develop telepathy from flu shots. Homeroom 10B at New York's Bloomberg High School is a pretty typical collection of sophomores. Olivia is extremely shy, outgoing Cooper and pretty Mackenzie are the golden couple, Tess has a crush on her friend Teddy, and Pi would do anything to be top of the class. But a contaminated flu shot lets the 22 students hear everyone's thoughts, leading to a wealth of welcome and unwelcome discoveries. Mackenzie has cheated on Cooper, Tess learns that Teddy likes someone else, and Pi can steal answers from her competition during tests. This newfound ability and the need to keep it secret knit together the members of 10B in unexpected ways. But when the truth comes out, and the Centers for Disease Control announces they have an antidote that will remove the telepathy, what will the self-nicknamed Espies do? The multiple characters are remarkably distinctive, and the plot moves along briskly, combining family drama, complicated romance and friendship turmoil into a compelling view of teen dynamics. When the group comments like a Greek chorus on one character's thoughts or actions, it's somewhat jarring, but that's a minor quibble. Overall, a solid, comical sci-fi romp. (Science fiction. 12-16)
From the Publisher
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, January 6, 2014:
"Mlynowski continues to make comedy look easy in this smart and frequently hilarious novel, which features a collective first-person narrative that fits the premise like a glove... Filled with heartbreak, hilarity, and some brutal truths, Mlynowski’s novel will leave readers thinking about the gaps between our private and public selves and the lies we tell others and ourselves."

RT Book Reviews, March 2014:
"Mlynowski hits all the right notes. There's enough levity to keep readers laughing, but this is far from fluff—the real-life commotions are engaging, and the characters are fully developed. The story is funny, sweet and true to life, as readers have come to expect from Mlynowski. Her teens are emotional without being drama queens, amusing but not twee. A perfect read."

, January 1, 2014:
"Readers will hope for a sequel with amped-up Espie secrets and scandals. Hand to fans of Cecily von Ziegesar’s all-seeing Gossip Girl and Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian’s Burn for Burn revenge books. Now, flu shot, anyone?"

Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2014:
"The multiple characters are remarkably distinctive, and the plot moves along briskly, combining family drama, complicated romance and friendship turmoil into a compelling view of teen dynamics."

School Library Journal, April 2014:
"Mlynowski writes teen protagonists with heart and depth—authentically illustrating the trials and tribulations of the high school experience, rather than making a mockery out of adolescent egocentrism. This is a fun read, recommended for fans of contemporary fiction."

Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
Imagine that a flu shot gave you telepathic power! You would be able to know what everyone was thinking. Follow the journey of high school sophomores Olivia Byrne, Cooper Miller, and Mackenzie Feldman after they experience this side effect from their flu shots. The title is a perfect for a story that reveals all of one’s thoughts to others. Before the flu shots the trio led fairly normal lives—as normal as the life of a high school sophomore could be. The multiple viewpoints allow the reader to see the personal reactions of the characters affected by this new power. Through these personal reactions, the author makes telepathy seem real for this fun and compelling story. Follow their experiences, and learn if the trio will take the antidote that will stop this power when it becomes available. This book is part of the “Magic in Manhattan Series” which include: Bras & Broomsticks; Frogs & French Kisses; Spells & Sleeping Bags; and Parties & Portions. Think Twice will be released in 2015. All of these novels will take readers into the realm of other powers. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith; Ages 12 up.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Imagine if you had the ability to read other people's minds. What if you could finally know whether your best friend wants to be more than friends, too? What if you could ace every test simply by sitting next to the smartest kid in class? Would you want to know all of your parents' secrets and your teachers' as well? For a group of Bloomberg High School sophomores in Tribeca, every one of these things is possible. After being exposed to a contaminated batch of flu shots, the students of homeroom 10B realize that they can hear the thoughts of everyone else around them. In some ways, their newfound telepathy is a gift. They no longer have to constantly question what people think about them. Studying is a burden of the past. But the downside to hearing everything is that they hear things they never wanted to know. Told in the words of an omniscient narrator who is known only as one of the "espies" (kids with ESP), the story follows several weeks in the life of the 10B sophomores. Readers may struggle to keep up with a large cast of characters, but each sophomore has a helpful distinguishing characteristic. The beginning feels like an info dump. However, the pacing sorts itself out quickly. Mlynowski writes teen protagonists with heart and depth—authentically illustrating the trials and tribulations of the high school experience, rather than making a mockery out of adolescent egocentrism. This is a fun read, recommended for fans of contemporary fiction.—Liz Overberg, Darlington School, Rome, GA

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We were not always freaks.

Sure, most of us occasionally exhibited freakish behavior. But that’s not the same thing.

Olivia Byrne, when she worried about something, picked the skin around her thumbnails until it bled.

Cooper Miller sang badly. When he walked down the hall, when he studied, when he ate. He wasn’t singing the top twenty either—he made up tunes and lyrics about his everyday life. Walking to school. Being late to math.

Mackenzie Feldman, Cooper’s girlfriend, hated needles. Not that any of us liked needles, but Mackenzie truly hated them. She hated them so much she never even got her ears pierced. She wore clip-ons to her own sweet sixteen. Or her Sweet, as we called it in Tribeca, our little downtown corner of Manhattan.

So yeah, we had certain quirks, but before October 2, which was eleven days before the Bloomberg High School carnival and eighteen days before Mackenzie’s Sweet, Olivia, Cooper, Mackenzie, and the rest of us were pretty much just regular sophomores.

Even October 2, the day that changed everything, started normally enough.

We got ready for school. Most of us lived in Tribeca, within a few blocks from BHS, Bloomberg High School.

Tribeca is one of the wealthiest areas in Manhattan. Not that we were all wealthy—definitely not. Half of our parents owned our apartments; the other half rented. A bunch of us shared rooms with our siblings. If you lived in Tribeca and your parents were really rich or famous—like if your mom was Beyonce or your dad ran an investment bank—you didn’t go to BHS like us. You went to private school.


On October 2, we arrived at school, most of us on time. We locked our stuff in our lockers and headed to room 203, where 10B met for homeroom. Well, Cooper didn’t arrive on time—he was always late. He also didn’t lock his locker, because he didn’t bother having a lock. He could never remember the combination. And he trusted us. Back then, he trusted everyone.

We claimed our usual seats and chatted with our friends.

“Darren Lazar asked me if you were single,” Renee Higger said as she sat down beside Olivia in the middle of the room. Renee’s black leopard scarf fluttered behind her. She was also wearing a black hair band, earrings, and a silver bracelet overflowing with charms. She was an accessories kind of girl. She was a busybody kind of girl. We’re relieved she’s not one of us. We have enough busybodies without her.

Olivia’s heart skipped a beat. “What did you tell him?”

Renee laughed. “What do you think I told him? I told him you were. Unless you’re involved with someone and keeping it a secret?”

Olivia had never been involved with anyone. Fifteen and never been kissed. She was afraid that when the time came to be kissed she would barf all over the kisser.

Olivia did not have much confidence around boys or girls. One of the main reasons she hung around Renee was that Renee did 99.9 percent of the talking.

Of course, we didn’t know the degree of her lack of confidence back then. We didn’t know about her lack of kissing experience either. We didn’t know any of each other’s hidden thoughts or secret histories. Not like we do now.

“Do you think he’s going to ask me out?” Olivia asked.

Renee twirled her scarf around her wrist. “Do you want him to ask you out?”

“I don’t know.” Olivia tried to picture him. He had light brown hair and red cheeks. Green eyes, maybe. Dressed well. Button-downs and the right jeans. He seemed nice. No one called him by his first name—he just went by Lazar. They had public speaking together. Her stomach clenched at the thought of the class. The next day she had to make a speech on Lyme disease, which was worth 40 percent of her grade. There was nothing that terrified her more than speaking in front of others.

“I think you guys would be perfect together,” Renee continued.

“Why?” Olivia asked. “Because we’re both short?”

“No, because you’re both nice. And smart. And cute.”

Olivia didn’t say no, but didn’t say yes either. It wasn’t that she didn’t like Lazar. It was just that the idea of being on an actual date—where she would have to worry about what she wore, what she ate, and what she said—was incredibly stressful to her. She picked at her thumb.

Cooper came in at last, singing to himself. As usual, he looked slightly disheveled, like he’d woken up, picked up the green hoodie and jeans that were lying in a heap on his floor, and put them on.

Which is exactly what he had done. Cooper was wearing his Yankees hat. He wore it all baseball season until they were out of the running. Also, it brought out the blue in his eyes. Not that he’d be aware of something like that. Well, not without reading our minds.

Cooper cupped his ear with his open hand. “What’s up, 10B, can I get a boo-ya?”

“Boo-ya,” called out Nick Gaw from the side of the room. Nick was one of Cooper’s good friends.

Cooper sighed with exaggerated disappointment. “That was lame, people. Lame. Lame-o. The Yankees won last night! I said give me a boo-ya!”

Mackenzie responded with a “boo-ya.” She had to. That was her job as girlfriend, even if she occasionally found Cooper’s antics a little embarrassing, like the time he insisted on giving her a piggyback ride down the hallway.

Cooper stood in front of Olivia’s desk and wagged his finger. “Livvie, I did not hear you boo-ya. Why did I not hear you boo-ya?”

Olivia flushed. She gripped the sides of her desk. She did not like being put on the spot. Her heart sped up; her mouth felt dry. She debated. Would whatever she said sound stupid? Would she not make the right boo-ya sound? Would she sound too eager? Place too much emphasis on the boo and not enough on the ya?

But she liked Cooper. If he weren’t totally out of her league and didn’t already have a girlfriend, she might have a crush on him. He was one of those people who were always smiling. Always kind. Always inclusive. Like right then, when he was trying to get her to boo-ya.

She could do it. She could! She just had to push the words out with the tip of her tongue. “Booooo‑ya?”

Cooper petted her twice on the head like she was a rabbit. When he was a kid he’d had a rabbit for a whole two weeks before his dad made him return it to the pet store. He’d gotten a turtle instead. Gerald. “Well done, Livvie. Thank you for playing.”

Olivia turned bright red.

Cooper made a point of talking to Olivia. She was shy, but Cooper knew that she just needed some help breaking out of her shell. Like Gerald. When he’d first gotten Gerald, the turtle had barely ventured out of his bowl. These days Gerald strutted around the loft like he was the mayor of Tribeca.

Cooper got a few more of us to boo-ya as he zigzagged his way through the desks to the empty seat in the last row by the window, right next to Mackenzie and her closest friend, Tess Nichols.

“Thank you, Cooper,” Ms. Velasquez said, closing the door behind her. “Now take off your hat, please.”

Cooper gave our teacher a big smile. He had a small overbite from losing his retainer a month after he got it. “But Ms. V, I didn’t have a chance to wash my hair this morning.”

“Then you might want to consider getting up earlier in the future,” Ms. Velasquez said, taking off her blazer and slinging it over her chair.

Cooper removed his hat, revealing slept-on hair, clutched it to his chest, and finally sat down. “Let’s get this party started,” he said, and leaned his chair all the way back so it kissed the wall.

“Let’s see who’s here,” Ms. Velasquez said, and called out all our names. When she was done, she sat on the desk and swung her legs. “People, I have some good news and some bad news,” she said. “I’ll start with the bad news.”

We waited.

“Those of you who are planning to get flu shots—and I think that’s most of you—are scheduled to get them today at lunch,” she told us.

We groaned.

Ms. Velasquez cleared her throat. “So, the good news is . . .”

Cooper made a drumroll.

Ms. Velasquez smiled. “You probably won’t get the flu.”

Naturally, we booed.

“What if I like the flu?” Cooper asked.

“Why would you like the flu?” Ms. Velasquez asked.

“I’d get to stay home and watch baseball,” he answered.

“I wouldn’t mind missing a week of school,” Nick said.

We understood. His mom was a biology teacher at school. If our moms taught at our school, we’d want to stay home too.

“I’m not getting the shot,” Renee declared, playing with her headband. “I never get sick. And you know, I read an article that said that they don’t even work. That the pharmaceutical companies are only interested in making money off us.”

We all groaned and she crossed her arms and rolled her eyes. Renee was a conspiracy theorist. She thought the government was out to get everyone.

These days we’re not so sure we disagree.

“I’m skipping it too,” Mackenzie said.

Mackenzie had been born a preemie, at twenty-six weeks instead of forty. She’d required a lot of surgeries. Eye surgery. Kidney surgery. Heart surgery. She didn’t remember any of it, but she knew she hated any kind of needle, and she assumed the two facts were related.

“You’re going to make me get it alone?” Cooper asked. “We’ll do it together. I’ll hold your hand. It’ll be fuuuuuun,” he sang.

Mackenzie saw nothing potentially fun where needles were involved. But as usual, her boyfriend found the silver lining in everything. In coming to school. In the flu. In vaccinations.

Cooper lived in silver linings.

Ms. Velasquez tapped her fingers on her desk. “So remember, everyone. Nurse Carmichael’s room. Lunchtime. Bring your permission slips if your parents haven’t already sent them back.”

As Ms. Velasquez continued talking, Olivia continued to worry. Not about the vaccination. Needles didn’t scare her. She was nervous about her Lyme disease speech.

She picked her thumb. Everything will be fine, she told herself. Fine, fine, fine.

Of course, it wouldn’t be fine. Not at all. But Olivia couldn’t know that. It’s not like she had ESP.

Ha, ha, ha.

Not yet.

This is the story of how we became freaks.

It’s how a group of I’s became a we.

Maybe you think Olivia is telling the story. Or Mackenzie, or Cooper, or someone else in our homeroom you haven’t met yet.

It could be any of us.

But it’s not.

It’s all of us. We’re telling you this story together.

It’s the only way we know how.


It Happened Here

At the beginning of lunch, we waited in line by Nurse Carmichael’s office.

There were twenty-three of us. Most of homeroom 10B. 10A had gotten their shots the day before.

Adam McCall was missing—probably an ear infection. He always had ear infections.

Pi Iamaura went in and came out first. Her real name was Polly, after her grandfather Paul, but her nickname was Pi because she could tell you the first thirty-nine numbers of pi. They’re 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419, if you’re curious.

BJ Kole went in next.

Yes, he called himself BJ.

His name was actually Brian Joseph but he started going by BJ in middle school. He thought it was hilarious. He was a bit of a perv.

He hurried into the nurse’s room and closed the door behind him. He thought Nurse Carmichael was hot, and was always trying to come up with accidental ways to feel her up. He tried to feel everyone up.

Next in line was Jordana Brohman-Maizner. Jordana filed her nails while she waited. She kept a full manicure set in her locker. Base coat, top coat, clippers, and eleven different colors ranging from Bliss (shimmery yellow) to We Were Liars (fire engine red).

Behind her were Olivia and Renee. Renee was still not getting the vaccination. She was only waiting in line so she wouldn’t miss anything. She liked to know what everyone was up to at all times. She was the type of person who got email notifications every time her friends changed their Facebook statuses.

“Do you know that more people die from flu shots than the flu?” Renee asked.

“I’m not sure that’s true,” Olivia said. Actually, she was totally sure it wasn’t true, because she had the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website bookmarked on her laptop, and visited it frequently. In addition to having a lot of anxiety, Olivia was a hypochondriac.

“It’s going to hurt,” Renee said.

Her words didn’t scare Olivia, but they terrified Mackenzie, who was right behind them. She’d decided to do it. She couldn’t believe she was really going to do it.

Mackenzie was waiting with Cooper and Tess, although Tess was busy texting Teddy on her iPhone. Teddy was Tess’s best guy friend. Tess also had a massive crush on him.

“Maybe I won’t get it,” Mackenzie said, suddenly unsteady on her feet.

“Oh, come on,” Cooper said. “It’s just a pinch. You don’t want to get the flu.”

“Everyone else is getting the shot. I won’t get the flu.”

“You might. It’s going around. And your Sweet is soon. You don’t want to be sick and have to cancel.”

Mackenzie’s parents would kill her if she got the flu.

It was all booked. Her brother and sister were flying in from Stanford. Her parents had spent a small fortune in deposits. They’d gone all out. They’d booked a hotel ballroom. Hired a DJ. Hired an event planner. Mailed out gorgeous invitations. Square, black, with cursive silver print.

The few of us who’d been invited had all RSVPed yes.

Mackenzie was excited for the party. Kind of.

Nothing was expected of her. All she had to do was dance and look pretty in her new black Herve Leger cocktail dress.

Mackenzie knew she was pretty. Since she was a kid, people had always told her as much. She had curly blond hair, big green eyes, a button nose, and a gymnast’s body. She’d trained at the NYC Elite gymnastics studio for years. She’d tried competing back in middle school, but it wasn’t for her. The night before one of her big matches, she’d stayed out late with her friends, broken curfew, been exhausted the next day, and tripped off the balance beam. Her parents had been furious. She had been relieved.

Outside the nurse’s office, Cooper slung his arm around her and sang, “The needle will only hurt for a secoooond.”

Meet the Author

SARAH MLYNOWSKI is the author of the Magic in Manhattan and Whatever After series, as well as Gimme a Call, Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have), Milkrun, and more. Her books have been translated into twenty-two languages and Bras & Broomsticks was optioned to Hollywood. Sarah was born in Montreal but lives and writes in New York City.

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Don't Even Think About It 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Happy-Reader0 More than 1 year ago
So much fun! Juicy, fast and very funny read!
AshleyBodette More than 1 year ago
This was a really cute read! Definitely something teen readers will enjoy.  When I first saw the story was going to be told from the collective 'we' point-of-view, I was a little concerned.  However, once I got going, I realized it would have almost been impossible to tell it any other way.  And I LOVED it! There were moments that cracked me up (Poor Mackenzie's first night with ESP!) and moments that made me want to cry (Cooper's situation breaks my heart!).  Overall, it's a hilarious--and realistic--read.  As a high school teacher, I can definitely vouch for the reality of these teens lives!  (Well, minus the telepathic powers, of course!) Some of these teens you will love, and others you will love to hate!  And you will probably change your mind about them somewhere along the way.  I certainly did!  There was one boy in particular that I just wanted to smack upside the head from the very beginning.  But by the end, I would have dated the kid!  (If I were that young, of course!) This is definitely set up for a sequel (and according to Goodreads, it is the first in a series), but it will be intriguing to see which way they go with it!  Rest assured, I will have my eye out for the second book!
fuzzmom More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to know, really know what someone else was thinking?  Well it might not be as easy as you thought! Mackenzi, Cooper, Olivia, and the rest thought they were just getting a flu shot!  But as a bizarre side effect they all got ESP!! Imagine High School with all your friends knowing exactly what you were thinking...ACK!  Even worse, you know exactly what your parents are thinking...GROSS! What would you do?  Who would you want to hear what was going on inside their head?  Follow along with the members of Homeroom 10B as they work their way through all the ins and outs of telepathy 101.  A really fun story with some parts that will make you think...about what you are thinking.
shivapastures More than 1 year ago
Don't Even Think About It (I received an advanced copy, through NetGalley, for a review) Nothing abnormal about a sophomore homeroom class getting a flu shot. Until that flu shot went a little wild and kids were waking up with an unusual side effect. Some had it gradually happening, at home, while others were out and about. But, nothing prepared any of them for what was coming. Telepathy. Yup, all of a sudden, they could hear everyones thoughts and not everything was for each other to know. How to deal with something like this? You organize and make sure that aside for everyone involved, NO ONE else is to know. You would think it would be easy, but it is far from it. This is a story about what happens when your homeroom class can hear your most intimate thoughts and the toll it takes on each person. Not exactly a fun thing, well, some times it is. 'That's our story. How we became a we. And that's what we are these days. A we. When you're a group that can hear each other's thoughts, the line between I and we gets kind of blurry.' I will have to say that at first I thought this story may be a little too adolescent for me, but it was one of the funniest story lines and loaded with sophomoric wit. I can picture myself in a situation like this, when I was that age. Great characters, fast moving and I think I laughed out loud a few times. Thank you for a new awkward angle on that age group!
Kristen_Noel More than 1 year ago
  This book was like a blast from the past. Everything you loved (or loved to hate) about high school, Don't Even Think About It has it. Though I usually pass over books centered around high school, I'm glad I didn't do that for this one. Though the story is set in a high school, the story will suck you in and not let you go.   The group of students in this book are an excellent bunch to read about. There's enough variety that you'll find someone to identify with. The narrative is from several people's point of view, which was confusing at first. But the writer easily gives each character their own voice. It makes for an interesting read, as you get all sorts of opinions on their predicament.   This story has such a good plot that I've never seen before. The writer did an excellent job of putting out an refreshing plot and cast of characters. Plus, the writing style flowed well and fit this type of story. I would recommend this book to any fan of YA novels set in an actual high school setting. **I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
A Great book Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Manhattan New York What started out as an ordinary flu shot with expectations of the usual side effects turned into something vastly different for a group of students. Suddenly they have telepathic powers. They can hear what everyone is thinking. Their friends, parents, crushes, everyone. Now they know that Tess is in love with her best friend and that Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. They also know that the school nurse used to be a stripper which is more than any of them would like to know. Though they are finding some things that make the ability nice. They can sit next to the brainiac in class, get the answers and can pass their tests. They can also dump their significant other before they are dumped. They also know what their friends truly think about what they are wearing or their appearances. They also know what is coming. Some will take the ability and thrive and others won’t be able to handle all they learn. One thing is for sure and that is none of them will ever be the same again. They are always listening so be careful what you are thinking. This story takes a very different premise and runs with it. The story is intriguing to the point that once the reader starts it they will be unable to put it down. It is a young adult book but can be read and enjoyed by anyone. In some respects it is the typical high school life with romance and stress over school work and tests and adds a paranormal aspect that makes everything that much more difficult for these students. It also takes a what-if idea and makes it very fun to read about though there are some serious situations. Some of the outcomes make for great fun. It will also have readers hoping for more stories like this. This is a must read.
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
A vaccine gives a group of kids an unusual ability. they can read the mind of others around them. Now with all the drama of high school they have more to add to the mix. They hide their new ability from grown ups as they are afraid what will happen. Now they are using their powers to see who is cheating on who, what their friends really think of them, cheat on test and try to get info on what is going on to them. Now they have the chance to take the ability away and go back to normal. Will they take it or keep their ability. This was a charming story that made me laugh in several places and made me think about having this power myself. If I could turn it off at will I probably would have it but not when I was a teen. It is told from different points of vies but all told as one unit. We is the group of kids who get this power. They have known each other all through school and now are truly seeing each other for what they think. It changes all of them. One student tries to hide she has cheated on her boyfriend and it is impossible to do when some can read your minds. Another has always been shy and afraid to talk in front of people. She learns to be different and not be shy. While yet another thinks she should be alone in having this power and will do whatever to get her way. That and so much more goes on in this book. You will laughs and if your not a teen it will make you think back on your days as one. If you want a YA book that will have you chuckling try this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Hilarious and deceptively deep.
GHott More than 1 year ago
Hott Synopsis: There are no secrets. There is nothing that you can hide. Through a strange sequence of events we’ve come to know that’s a lie. It’s all a lie. We have been injected with a wonderful strain of drug that allows us to hear all of your thoughts you can’t keep anything from us. We know all, and it almost destroyed us. Hott Review: I really enjoyed Don’t Even Think About It. It was the most fun afternoon I’ve spent reading in quite some time! I enjoyed hearing all the different perspectives thoughts and reactions by the students when they found out they had ESP; especially as they weren’t able help hearing what other people thought about them. My only issue with the book is it there is quite a lot of cursing and quotation hooking up and quotation that doesn’t seem to be necessary. Umm no there’s no graphic nature just talk of that and drugs it was kind of disturbing that it was such a prolific part of the teams live. More… Author: Sarah Mlynowski Source: Delacorte Press via Netgalley Grade: B+ Ages: 16+ Steam: YA Setting: Manhatten, NY
GreatBooks1WowEC More than 1 year ago
So funny and insightful, so different -- one of the best books I have ever read!
Kelly_Hashway More than 1 year ago
I loved the premise of this book. First, since the characters wind up with ESP (and call themselves the Espies), they ALL narrate the story, together. I loved that. It's not each character taking designated chapters. They tell it together as "we" and name each character they are talking about. I've never read a book told in this format and it was amazing. The story begins with a homeroom of teens who are scheduled to get their flu shots that day. All but two get the shots and after that, everything changes. They begin hearing the thoughts of people around them and their eyes take on a purplish tint. At first they are freaked out about this, but some of them soon learn they can use this new ability to their advantage. The problem is, they hear things they don't want to hear, and secrets don't exist between them anymore. All their inner-most thoughts are now public knowledge for this group and that will destroy some of them. This book reads like contemporary even though it has a fantasy element to it. It's sort of the best of both worlds. There's not a lot of action, but there didn't need to be because it unraveled the characters from the inside out in a way that made me keep turning the pages. I definitely recommend this book and hope there will be a book two.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Suppose you could hear what people were thinking? Now, take it a step further and suppose a bunch of your friends and acquaintances also had this “ability”. Is this the greatest thing since sliced bread or a dreadful fate…or, perhaps, something in-between? Get ready for a roller coaster ride of ups and downs and swerves galore when the flu shot that “they” are always saying you should get every year causes a very unexpected side effect and nearly everybody in Homeroom 10B suddenly has ESP. What fun! Or maybe not so much. Sure, it’s great to hear that that boy over there thinks you’re pretty but do you really want to know what your parents are doing in the so-called privacy of their bedroom? How would you feel if kids were crowding around you during a test so they could cheat off your thoughts? Then again, how sweet is it to know who’s REALLY your friend? Don’t Even Think About It is chock-full of laughs as Mackenzie and Olivia and the rest of the gang test their new powers and then they begin to realize the advantages: “It’s not just about school. Think of the edge you’ll have in everything. In relationships. You’ll always have the upper hand. You’ll always know if someone is about to break up with you. You’ll always know what your parents are really planning. What they’re thinking.” On the other hand, there just might be some downsides to this. This book is a quick read and I thoroughly enjoyed it, careening from laughter to tears to sympathy to anger and back again. Sarah Mlynowski is a new author to me and I loved her style and the way she turned a simple, seemingly lighthearted story on its end and made me and a crowd of teens take a second look at a most unusual problem. I loved the POV, unusual as it is. Oh, and by the way, I really liked that conspiracy theories and government manipulation and those sorts of things…but, WAIT! You’ll just have to find out on your own ;-) I’m surprised more people haven’t been suspicious. What are they going to suspect? That we’re up to something. We are up to something.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want their life ssssssooooooooooooooooooooo bad
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Don't Even Think About Missing This Book! I would like to thank NetGalley and Delacorte Press for the opportunity to read this story. Although I received the ebook for free, that in no way impacts my review. <blockquote>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.</blockquote> I have to admit I was totally hooked by just the title and jacket blurb. I mean really, who wouldn't want to learn all about the ups and downs of a group of high school sophomores getting mental telepathy? And I was pretty much pulled in from the very beginning, as the main characters are all distinct individuals and are completely realistic as high school kids. Their concerns, for the most part, are totally superficial and fit right in with the stereotypical teenager. Pi is gunning to be number one in her class and can't stand that she is number two, especially since the boy who is ranked first doesn't seem to have to work for his position at all. John's involved in sports, clubs, and still gets ranked number one, while Pi is only on the chess team because she has to have at least one extracurricular activity in her file - and she struggles to keep her standing while he waltzes by without a care in the world. So when her home room class get ESP as a side effect of a tainted batch of flu serum she is thrilled. She sees no ethical problems with cheating off John during a test, because as she sees it she deserves to be number one. Too bad for her the rest of the &quot;Espies&quot; feel the same way and all cheat off her. It's not as if she can complain with any real indignity since she had just done the same thing a few classes earlier. Meanwhile MacKenzie is busy freaking out because now her boyfriend Cooper will find out that she cheated on him. In fact, her whole home room class knows. But maybe Cooper will never have to know since he still hasn't shown any signs of being able to hear everyone else's thoughts? Plus, MacKenzie is already struggling to do damage control with her friend Tess thanks to thoughts she couldn't control in time, thoughts that Tess heard. Then there's Tess. She isn't thin, she isn't fat, she's simply curvy. Though that isn't what her mother constantly tells her. Compounding her insecurities around her weight is the fact that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. And she hopes that if she loses seven pounds he'll notice her as girlfriend material instead of just best friend material. Luckily for her he isn't one of the Espies. Or is it really lucky? Maybe it is more problematic than lucky? And hearing that MacKenzie, her best girlfriend, thinks she needs to lose weight is a terrible blow. MacKenzie has always been pretty, and secretly Tess had always hoped that she considered Tess to be gorgeous too, just the way she was. Especially since MacKenzie knows just how hard her own mother rides her about her weight. Suddenly this whole ESP thing isn't as much fun as the Espies thought it would be. Now they have to try to control what they think, lest another Espie is around to overhear them and share their darkest secrets. Once it finally comes out that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) knows about them there seems to be a collective sigh of relief. Not only is there an antidote, but each family will get a check for $50,000!  Will the Espies take the antidote, or will they keep their new-found powers? And I was left with another question based on a comment made midway through the book. . . leaving me to wonder if a sequel is planned for this book? I don't get the feeling that one is in the works, but for that one comment that speaks to abilities learned in the future, yet it was never addressed again. It will be interesting to see if that was a throw-away comment, or foreshadowing of a sequel. Either way, this is one crazy ride of a read! It flies by, and opens up so many great ideas to be explored on your own. Certainly a fun book for the beach, but an equally strong candidate for high school or college book clubs. As entertaining as it is the story raises all kinds of questions, as well as moral and ethical dilemmas for the characters to face.
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
This was a cute telepathy story&ndash;just think, if your entire homeroom class could communicate with one another without words, how would that change you as a person and your outlook on life? I can tell you that as a teacher, that would be my worst nightmare come true&mdash;however, I&rsquo;d also probably never know about it, since they would never admit it&hellip; If only vaccines could grant us &ldquo;superpowers&rdquo; though&hellip; I really liked getting into the brains of all the students in homeroom 10B. They were funny, and while I felt bad for some of them as they found out truths they never wanted to know, I also feel like this is spot on in terms of what would happen to a group of friends if they could hear everything their friends were thinking, all the time. It&rsquo;s told in a sort of collective manner, with &ldquo;we&rdquo; being used constantly throughout, and while it focuses on the past: a &ldquo;this happened but we all know now&hellip;&rdquo; type of deal, it was a refreshing style and I enjoyed being in all their heads. Incredibly insightful and humorous at times, Mlynowski presents a sweet story that many will enjoy, especially those who enjoy the paranormal. Random House Children&rsquo;s and Delacorte Press have been extremely gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I received this ARC copy via Netgalley to give an honest review. I really enjoyed the story line, you have teenagers who develop telepathic powers after getting a shot. We learn how they get it, but we don't understand fully why the government made this batch of flu shots. I can only hope that there is a book two in the works so it can give us some answers as to what is going to happen to the teens, will the government become fully involved?  The characters were your normal teenagers you know they are worried about test, cheating, does so and so like me and so forth. It was quite funny to read how they were trying to keep each other from reading their own thoughts.  I thought it was interesting how they figured out how to stop listening to other people thoughts.  Now there were some &quot;mature&quot; things going on but nothing too bad. Overall a great, funny read. Even though at times the characters would drive you crazy. Especially the miss smarty pants. The point of view seemed to be from everybody which was easy to get into and not get lost. Makes you kind of wonder about the next flu shot you get. Could you receive super powers?
ABookishGirlBlog More than 1 year ago
ESP and high school kids. Wow! I would have loved to have had ESP in high school. We were all terrified of at least one thing about  high school and there were some like me that just entering the build was mentally exhausting, but to have ESP, well lets say I would  have gladly showed up everyday with a smile on!  The Espies are not the most popular kids nor the richest they are a mix of all different types of personalities that consisted in one  homeroom class. The playful and sometimes not so playful banter flying across to each other through their minds is what you would  expect most high schoolers to talk about and this helps the reader to be able to relate more to the characters given the fact that they  all have ESP at the end of day most of their problems are just like any other teenagers.  I think this book is appropriate for older middle school kid, high school kids, and other young adults. Due to the sexual content I wouldn't find it appropriate for older elementary school kids who read at a more advanced level. The &quot;Younger Me&quot; loved this book it would have been one I would have hid under my covers to read with a flashlight past my bedtime.
debbie_gurl More than 1 year ago
I think this book was very fun to read & not complicated to understand at all! I got this book from the library for free and I didn't even have to pay for it. Anyway, I loved reading the book and I am so exited to read the sequel. I suggest you read it too.... I assure you that you won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is crazy amazing and totally amazeballs! If you are looking for a review that describes the book(which I very often do) this might be it. Saying might because I have NO idea what im about to write. Well then, this book has everything. Suspense, BIG romance and BIG love problems. And you'd never expect their leader to betray them. Not that this is a group that does scary, bad things. I just mean the natural leader of the group. You will find out who that is in the book. HINT HINT(spoiler alert) Mr. And Mrs. Perfect together break up and he finds a very special intrest in Liv. And that isn't too good because Mrs.Perfect is still in love with Mr. Perfect, and remember... she can hear their thoughts. So things aren't going too well. Or maybe it will. I don't know because the last 3 sentences happen in the second book... which I have not read because it is not out yet (exasperated face). But i'm pretty sure that's what is going to happen. ~Gabrielle the Awesomest Person Ever. P.S. The last 3 words of the last sentence are facts. Period.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wont write a bunch. The book is alright. The premise sounds cool but the actual book is garbage.
gjo50 More than 1 year ago
What I liked: I liked the premise. It was a great deal like being dumped into a deep pool of high school angst since the thoughts of the entire class are up for grabs. The students seem very immature at the beginning, but they have to grow when they learn things that they didn&rsquo;t know. Then they have to deal with the overwhelming reality of hearing every thought 24/7. What I didn&rsquo;t: One of the girls cheated on her boyfriend and dwells on it until the others all know bringing out the seedy side of high school. The bottom line: The premise is good, the dialogue is appropriate, and I can see lots of my students loving this book. Status in my library: It is on order. Rating Breakdown: Overall:  4/5 Creativity:  5/5 Characters:  5/5 Engrossing:  4/5 Writing:  4/5 Appeal to teens:  5/5 Appropriate length to tell the story:  5/5 Content: Language: typical teen profanity Sexuality: one girl has a one night stand Violence: none Drugs/ Alcohol: reference I received an ARC from NetGalley.
BooksbyNightMommybyDay More than 1 year ago
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review** 3 stars Don&rsquo;t even think about it&hellip;unless you want &ldquo;them&rdquo; to know about it. Who is &ldquo;them&rdquo;? The kids of Homeroom 10B&hellip;and they know it ALL &ndash; literally! After most of the Homeroom class of 10B gets their flu shot, within the next few days, they slowly start developing some odd side effects &ndash; other than the normal fever, headache, or sore arm after the shot. People are talking, but their mouths aren&rsquo;t moving&hellip;&rdquo;they&rdquo; are hearing what others, &ldquo;themselves&rdquo; included are hearing!! And when you can hear what everyone is thinking, things are bound to go wrong! Olivia, Mackenzie, Pi, Nick, Sadie, Copper, Tess, BJ, Jordana &ndash; they are just a part of the final 21 teens that develop ESP. Yeah, meaning they can hear not only what you are saying, but also what you are THINKING!! Secrets are spilled, relationships are tested, and feelings get hurt&hellip;and that&rsquo;s just the beginning! I thought this was a great story-line (the IDEA of the story), but wasn&rsquo;t that excited about how it was presented. I didn&rsquo;t like how there wasn&rsquo;t really any actual &ldquo;main character&rdquo;, that when they talk about themselves, they all it as an &ldquo;us&rdquo; or &ldquo;we&rdquo;. While a few of the character&rsquo;s stories were more prominently told, I think I would have like to see maybe near the end to see it was one or two of their story. There were some also some parts of the story-line that were never followed up upon &ndash; like in one part, &ldquo;they talk about how they figure out &ldquo;they&rdquo; figure out they can push their own thoughts into someone else&rsquo;s mind (how I interpreted that was they could make people think in the way &ldquo;they&rdquo; want them to), but that was never followed up on. All-in all, a fun story with some real life experiences, but just though it could have been executed a little bit better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tess and Bj are adorbs lol xD
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
If God wants to punish some poor fool, I mean really punish him till he's ready to poke out his own eyeballs, swallow a .44 Magnum, slit his own wrists, or end his own life in front of a city bus, he should force him to come back to earth as a teenage girl. In less than a month, you'd read about the extravagant deaths of Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer and even Hannibal Lector. Yeah, and those dupes never stood a chance either. But the true beauty in this novel, aside from the sudden death experience, is all the voices inside the heads of the characters. I happen to hear a voice of my own (my muse), and no, I'm not crazy. But sometimes it feels like I am, so I can't even imagine what it must be like to walk around LA and hear the voices of poodles and porn stars and strippers and businessmen and models and actors and who the heck knows what else. If I could end my life in Santa Monica or on the Redondo Beach pier, it's an offer I'd probably consider, just to make all those dupes shut up. So, yes, one voice is more than enough. Not all writers can pull off first person plural (in fact I can't recall another book I've read off the top of my head that uses this particular device), but Sarah Mlynowski pulls it off to perfection in DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT. Even when she drifts a bit into first person, you're more than ready to go along for the ride. So while you may not want to think about this story, or have it stuck in your head, in the end, it just does. Other than Cooper and Olivia, I wouldn't say any of the characters are particularly loveable. In less deft hands, this could be a detriment to the story, as a number of characters spring off the pages clamoring for attention, but I found myself in a happy state of ignorant oblivion, where the pie was sweet even if the characters always weren't. This novel is sassy and flirtatious and coy and just downright fun all rolled up into one blast from the first page to the last. I received this book for free through NetGalley. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
2.5 stars (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and Netgalley.) A group of teens discover that after a flu jab, they can suddenly hear everybody&rsquo;s thoughts. Who has secrets that they need to hide from their friends though? How long will these abilities last? And is this new-found side effect a good thing or a bad thing? Oh dear, yet another pretty cover, with a not-so-entertaining story behind it. I felt like I couldn&rsquo;t really connect with the characters in this book, they came across as very immature and spent most of their time arguing with one another. I didn&rsquo;t feel like they really approached their problems in the best way, and the constant arguing (even if it was in their heads) got annoying quite quickly. The storyline in this should have been good, but instead became petty. Every tiny little thing was nit-picked, and the most anybody ever found out by listening to someone else&rsquo;s thoughts was that they were cheating on their significant other. I did appreciate how awkward it would be to overhear your parent&rsquo;s thoughts while they were having sex, and some other embarrassing situations, but most of the time the story just dissolved into petty name-calling, and making fun of people. I think what this story needed was a good old mystery. If there had been a murderer running round, and they could hear his/her thoughts, then that would have much improved the story, and given the characters something to actually think about other than who picks their nose, and who thinks they&rsquo;re fat. But unfortunately, nobody died. There was some romance, but not a lot, and it mainly consisted of people thinking about kissing other people. For pity&rsquo;s sake, if you know the boy is trying to psych himself up to kiss you, put him out of his misery and do it for him already! Especially if you want to kiss him as much as you seem to! The ending was okay, but I was glad that I had gotten to the end to be honest. I really didn&rsquo;t want to listen to their petty arguments any more. Overall; a little immature, and with too many petty arguments, 5 out of 10.