Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
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. (Goodreads)
This was a fast, fun read about a group of high school students who develop telepathy after getting a flu shot. Turns out the vaccine was “tainted” and now they can hear everyone’s thoughts.
Who hasn’t wished that they could read minds at one time or the other? I know I have! But according to this book, the reality is much different. When there’s no way to filter the thoughts, things can get a bit….loud.
The teens behave as you would expect telepathic teens to behave, from seeing what that cute boy really thinks of you to cheating on a test. The group of teenagers was a little stereotypical (smart Asian girl, mean pretty girl, etc), but it didn’t bother me.
This would make a great book to take to the beach, as it’s what I consider a light read. Fun, but not too thought-provoking.