Wednesday, January 6, 2016

[Book Review] Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Title: Don’t Even Think About It

Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Genre: Teen-Fiction
Year Published: 2014
Number of Pages: 336 Pages
Series: Don’t Even Think About It #1. (Because yes, a sequel –Think Twice –was released on 2015. And yes, I’m excited for it.)
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars.
By: E. Mario

"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."

Read on for a spoiler-free Review! (As custom of us.)

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be able to read minds? (Like Professor X in X-Men! EXACTLY! Just, minus the mind controlling prowess and the whole wheelchair thing.)  Have you ever wondered how it feels like to know what everyone –seriously, everyone –is thinking about? Have you ever thought about what your best friend, your most horrible teacher, your lover or even your pet turtle’s thinking about? Because that’s exactly what our characters in Mlynowski’s Don’t Even Think About It struggles with; a classroom full of mind readers mind reading each other.
And you might think that the one thing mind readers have to be afraid of is the teachers. Or the government. Or even some dark mysterious villain with god-like powers. Well you thought wrong.

It’s their best friends.

Plot

The storyline revolves around everyday teenage lives; relationships, parents, social anxieties, crushes, and even parties. But it has a certain flow in it. Everything makes sense, it’s like you’re watching every event go down in front of you. Every twist and every turn has its own reasoning, and they will seem perfectly reasonable. It flows in a quite hurried pace, but you won’t feel hurried, somehow. (Probably because you’ll be too busy rooting for everyone to get their happy endings.)
But one thing I know for sure, Mlynowski made this book super original. I have never read anything like it and I doubt I ever will. It feels exactly like what it felt like when teenagers try to juggle something beyond their control, disastrously beautiful.

And to be frank, I never thought mind readers mind reading each other could be this entertaining.

Writing

This book is written in a first point of view, sort of. It follows every character worth following, and it demonstrates what each character is thinking without actually being said character. (Because, you know, mind reading.) Mlynowski’s writing makes every character seems real.

And that will obviously make us love them even more.

Characters
There are several key characters in this book. But all of them, I mean, all of them, have their own certain traits. There are several lines in the book where a lot of those characters talk at once, and Mlynowski’s magical touch makes us able to differentiate one from the other. Mlynowski’s writing give each and every one of the characters worth noticing a certain quirk, that even after you’re done reading it, you can still remember which character kisses bad. (No, I’m not telling which one. GO READ IT YOURSELF.)

Recommendation

Does this book have no flaws? No, she could have explored into the characters deeper. But are the high moments completely overthrow the rare low ones? HECK YEAH. This book is one of those rare gems that you can’t help but put in one of your most precious bookshelves. (In my case, right next to Jesse Andrews’ Me and Earl and The Dying Girl. Have you read that book? You should read that book.) I think teens will enjoy this book best, though I’m not saying anyone older or younger won’t enjoy it, but this is a definite must-have for anyone over 12 and under 20 years old.
It may have its flaws but you won’t be noticing those flaws, since you’ll be too busy jumping up and down to know what happens next.


Heck, I think it’d be a while before you get to put your dog-eared, knuckled copy down, even after you finished it.

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