Series: Don't Even Think About It #1
Published by Random House LLC Source: Netgalley
Genres: Friendship, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
I have a very interesting relationship with Young Adult books. Sometimes I really love them, other times I completely hate them. I literally have a love/hate relationship with the whole genre. I think a big part of my problem with a lot of young adult books is that I often feel like they aren’t as smartly written as they could be. I hate the assumption that just because a book is geared towards a younger audience that it means they inherently aren’t as smart. This book to me suffered from that, it seemed like every major plot point within the book was full of trivial concern and lacked a lot of depth.
So I actually kind of loved the premise of the book, the idea that a flu shot could give a group of high school kids ESP. I can easily see how it could open up a lot of doors, provide some comic relief, cause problems, and create solutions. There is just a lot that you can do with that idea within a book. Unfortunately the power was almost exclusively (in my opinion) used to get a boyfriend. And don’t get me wrong, romance is important, especially in high school, where everyone wants to know who is dating who, and your first heartbreak feels like the end of the world. But its been my experience (having been in high school and knowing quite a few of them) that while yes romance is in fact a priority, life is messy and there is almost always something else going on in kids lives, be it a sick parent, parents who don’t get along, sibling issues, friends who fight, the list goes on and on. But in this book romance seemed to be priority one, and in a way that almost made me feel sorry for the girls.
Another thing I had a bit of an issue with was that it seemed to drag. The beginning was probably the best part of the book, and then the longer it went on the slower and slower it got, like all the creativity was used up in the first part. There was some funny one-liners, and the comic relief really did help with the book, unfortunately it wasn’t enough for me to start to really enjoy the book.
I could see how this book would find an audience, like I said I have a love/hate relationship with young adult, so maybe someone who liked young adult more than me would like this book. Or if you are looking for lighter read, this could be your book. But if you are like me and prefer new adult or adult books they I would probably recommend you skip this one.