Don’t Even Think About It- Review

Title: Don’t Even Think About It
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: March 11, 2014
Source: Netgalley

Contemporary teen fiction with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP from the author of Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have).

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.

When I first read the summary for Don’t Even Think About It I was really excited. This sounded like a really great story that would be interesting to read. The book started off with a lot of promise and I read about a third of the book before I knew it. At that point though things slowed down for me.
Where was the plot! What was the point of this? The book led up to nothing. It was a lukewarm attempt to write a really cool story.
My first major issue with this book is there was no climax. The book built to nothing and so ended as nothing. It was disappointing. What was the point of reading it if I couldn’t get anything out of it? There was maybe a baby peak at the end of the book and that was it. The build was barely was hardly a baby hill worth of a climb. There should have been a larger built. There should have been something that became dire to the characters. There was so much potential and the plot just didn’t rise to the occasion.
My second major issue was the lack of character growth. I really enjoyed how this was told as a collective, but with the collective thought came the potential for growth. The only character that had a solid story arc was Cooper. He was the only character in the story that had a life altering experience. He was the one that pointed out that everyone is a liar. He was the one who went through a trial. This would have been fine, if Cooper was the main character, but he wasn’t. They all were the main characters and so it was disappointing to not see everyone go through that. Mackenzie had no growth whatsoever. Her character was annoying and needed to learn a lot about herself, but it was only through Cooper and his admission that she even learned anything about herself. The character of Pi was confusing and half-baked.
This story was definitely not a journey of self-discovery that many YA’s are and that this story, with the initial premise that it had, had the potential to be. It had so much potential, but it all fell flat.