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review 2016-04-19 04:47
Review: Don't Even Think About It (Don't Even Think About It #1) by Sarah Mlynowski
Don't Even Think About It - Sarah Mlynowski

Initial reaction: There were parts of this book I liked from Sarah Mlynowski, but I think I had the same issues with this book as I had with one of her other works - it lays the humor on a little too thick for my liking and missed some interesting opportunities with a unique premise.

Full review:

Moral of this respective story: Teens with superpowers (or something close to it) can be a potentially hazardous, crazy situation. Especially if it involves your entire homeroom developing the power to read each other's minds, including yours.

The scenario has the potential to be hilarious as well as thought-provoking, as the cast of characters in "Don't Even Think About It" find themselves suddenly with the powers to read each other's minds after getting the class flu shot. It's told in individual third-person perspectives as well as a "we" perspective (because the class has something akin to "group think" with their respective abilities. That creates quite a bit of drama, like MacKenzie's dilemma in whether to tell her boyfriend Cooper she cheated on him that summer, or Pi, despite being one of the smartest girls in her class, potentially using her new abilities to get ahead by reading other smart people's minds (and *cough* cheat). These teens have the potential to do some bad and/or reckless things with their newfound powers, but there are others who find use for it in good/funny/cute terms (being able to further a relationship and get their first kiss or manage to run a successful fortune-telling booth at a fair).

This respective story was hit and miss with me. Some moments made me chuckle while others I felt like facepalming at how self-absorbed some of the teens used their powers for (read: sexual innuendo, some not so much on the innuendo). As well, some of the humor to me felt either a bit over the top or more force fed than I would have liked. (The pop culture references peppered in were a bit on the side of overkill, though some mentions were in decent humor.) Surprisingly, I was invested in the story for what it offered. It kept me reading, I felt like I really wanted to know what happened for the slice of life, at odds scenarios each of the teens found themselves within. I guess I shouldn't have been too surprised at the ending, although abrupt. Some of them took the offer, others didn't, and that means? Room for a follow-up.

There were enough moments in this one to keep me interested in reading the second book, so I'll definitely peruse that sometime soon. For this one though, it was okay. Had some fun moments, had an interesting slice of life mend with an interesting supernatural ability, but I don't know if this book made the most of what it had to offer with that premise.

Overall score: 2.5/5 stars.

Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher.

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text 2016-01-02 14:52
Story Sprites Round 3
Ice Like Fire - Sara Raasch
Fairest - Marissa Meyer
Spinning Starlight - R.C. Lewis
Persuasion - Martina Boone
A Wicked Thing - Rhiannon Thomas
Finnikin of the Rock - Melina Marchetta
Illusions of Fate - Kiersten White
The Touch of Twilight - Vicki Pettersson
Winter Falls - Nicole Maggi
Don't Even Think About It - Sarah Mlynowski

New year and a new round of Story Sprites from Great Imaginations 

 

 

 

 

This looks like a pretty easy board to cover - though the Scandinavian born character one will require some digging. My plans so far:-

 

One Word Title - Fairest - Marissa Meyer

Book with a Rebellion - Winter by Marissa Meyer

Book with a Map - Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Prince or Princess - A Wicked Thing - Rhiannon Thomas

YA Sci-Fi - Spinning Starlight - RC Lewis

Character Code Names - Touch of Twlight by Vikci Pettersson

Start a Series - Finnikin of the Rock - Melinda Marchetta

Dragons - Seraphina by Rachel Hartmen

Winter Falls by Nicole Maggi - either Enchanted Forrest or Supernatural Feud

Clairvoyance - Don't Even Think about it - by Sarah Mlynowski

Strong Female Friendship - Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (my pre order was shipped the other day)

Purple Themed Cover - Persuasion by Martina Boone

Stand Alone Fantasy - Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

 

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review 2014-08-01 07:31
Don't Even Think About It (Review)
Don't Even Think About It - Sarah Mlynowski

This book was petty at best. I was immediately thrown (and put off) by the “group” narration of the characters—all the students with ESP tell the story, which makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, and it seemed more like a ploy to make a regular third-person omniscient narration more interesting. However, the story and characters were petty, boring, and completely asinine—again, at best. I honestly expected something far more engaging than the novel we were given, and it was obviously directed at an audience that is not able to handle any sort of mature content—and by mature, I mean girls who are able to go three seconds without thinking about their boyfriends and guys who can form a coherent thought that’s not about sex or girls. The entire book revolves around cheating girlfriends, best-friends-want-to-be-more-than-friends, getting a shy girl a boyfriend, and who is dating whom. There is no substance.  There is no point.

 

The writing was poor, at best—considering it’s written from “multiple” points of view. It’s unrealistic in that these teenagers all apparently have freaking rich parents and the government plays almost no role in the plot at all—really, this is one of those books that you just wish you could forget.

 

An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

 

What I Liked: Spoilers!

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review 2014-06-29 01:16
Don't Even Think About It
Don't Even Think About It - Sarah Mlynowski

The premise is simple: Teens in a High School get a flu shot that gives them telepathy. Can you imagine? I mean, teens “normally” act as if they know everything, but the characters in this book can hear everyone’s thoughts, they indeed know e v e r y t h i n g.

 

They of course find a way to take advantage of their new power. You read about dates, tests, and all the teen secrets, dramas and adventures that are made better because of the mind reading. You also read the fails this new power brings. Some are awkward: hearing parents’ libidinous thoughts, finding out someone that works in your school was a stripper, etc.

 

The writing style is for teens. Simple dialogues and vocabulary. There is not one narrator. Actually you don’t know who the narrator is, because it is written in the first person plural, as if all the telepathic teens wrote the story at the same time. How that would happen in real life beats me. I can’t imagine 23 kids getting together and agreeing on how to tell their story.

 

The end didn’t make sense (but then again, does YA make sense?). It makes grown-ups and even the government look dumb. The “problem” apparently had a simple solution. Nothing paranormal or futuristic. And as simple as it may be, it is not believable. 

Kids will get money and a new shot to fix the “problem”. Just like that. And then some kids decide not to get the antidote shot and supposedly live happily ever after with the telepathy.

 

(spoiler show)

 

Anyway, this one is for the older teenagers. To some this might sound a bit exaggerated but I have to say it. I don’t think it is for young teens as there is some sexual content. The parents are absent in the story and those who come up, are portrayed as distracted, horny parents. There is also a phrase that caught my attention: “They didn’t have sex, but they did everything else.” I know kids today are having sex and we can’t prevent that, but really? I know there are still some innocent naïve kids out there. It’s hard enough for them to start finding out about their bodies and hormones, surrounded at the same time by sexual content in music and TV. Getting kids to read is a big deal, but please, let’s fill their minds with edifying productive ideas. Any naïve kid reading this would want to find out what everything else is, and of course try it ASAP.

 

Don’t Even Think About it by Sarah Mlynowski is a fast read, for teen girls, I would say 16 years old and up. If you are an adult it is a very simple fast read to pass the time in between big adult-ish books.

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text 2014-06-28 02:43
Starting "Lies We Tell Ourselves" and finishing up a few other reads
Lies We Tell Ourselves - Robin Talley
Ghost House - Alexandra Adornetto
Don't Even Think About It - Sarah Mlynowski

I'll probably be trading between this tonight and "Ghost House" (which I'm still struggling so much to finish) and "Don't Even Think About It" (which is okay, but I'm only partially intrigued with it - it has me, and then loses me).

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