“This is the story of how we became freaks. It’s how a group of I’s became a we.
When Class 10B got their flu shots, they expected some side effects. Maybe a sore arm. Maybe a headache. They definitely didn’t expect to get telepathy. But suddenly they could hear what everyone was thinking. Their friends. Their teachers. Their parents. Now they all know that Tess has a crush on her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper. Some of them will thrive. Some of them will break. None of them will ever be the same.
A smart and funny story about friendship, first love and surviving high school from the bestselling author of Ten Things We Shouldn’t Have Done.”
– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21399241-don-t-even-think-about-it)
I’d like to thank NetGalley and Hachette Children’s Books for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
I have to say I came very close to giving this book up at several points. The premise was very interesting: a bunch of teenagers suddenly become telepaths? Sign me in.
However, to my disappointment, the characters didn’t seem to mature because of becoming telepaths. At first, the arguments were even expected. But they got old pretty quickly. Of course people are going to keep secrets. And the teenagers in the story apparently didn’t see that, or refused to see that. This means that petty arguments happened throughout the whole book. All the arguments had the same cause: opinions or facts that should be kept secret were no longer secret. Granted, some arguments were far more valid than others.
This had a lot of a potential, and some good opportunities to make the story evolve were wasted. I think that some mystery was needed here, or maybe something that actually forced them to work together toward a common goal, and, at the same time, made them realize that people can’t really control what they think. Had they realized that, they would have been happier people at the end of this book, in my opinion.
Rating: 2 out of 5