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Don't Even Think About It

(Don't Even Think About It #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  6,508 ratings  ·  1,143 reviews

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. No
Hardcover, 317 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Delacorte Press (first published March 8th 2014)
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Crumb There hopefully will be. I assume said yes because of the the end of this book. In my copy (eBook version) after the last sentence,…moreThere hopefully will be. I assume said yes because of the the end of this book. In my copy (eBook version) after the last sentence, it says something like "More secrets. More scandals. More ESP. Don't miss the sequel, Think Twice, in 2015" ...I am not sure if this is in the print version as well. Hopefully it happens!(less)
Malori I would say it can be either or. The narrator of the story always refers to the characters as "we" but you never truly know who is narrating, in first…moreI would say it can be either or. The narrator of the story always refers to the characters as "we" but you never truly know who is narrating, in first person narration there is a lot of "I", "Me", "My" etc. and in third person it someone looking in from the outside narrating the story. Technically speaking it is First person but one could argue that it is Third person for sure!(less)

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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
They stepped into the cafeteria. A cacophony of voices rushed at Mackenzie.
—five french fries today. Five. No more. My thighs are too—
—There’s an empty seat at Jake’s table! Should I take it? But Amanda said—
—Did I just get my period?—
As each thought hit Mackenzie’s mind, so did a stabbing pain in her forehead.
I know just how she feels. This is a "no-thinking-required" type of book. I suggest you read it with several aspirins or (not and!) a few shots of tequila.

This book is about a flu shot
Ash Wednesday
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: That person who "accidentally" scratched my car in the parking lot.
This whole thing makes no sense. I miss SARS.

It was good while it lasted. All two chapters of this.

In some ways, this reminded me of reading Francine Pascal’s Sweet Valley books. In that series, each book focuses on Jessica, Elizabeth and the Sweet Valley crew getting into the shenanigan of the week: community play, the Unicorn Club going to Hawaii, Lizzie’s first kiss etc. In Don’t Even Think About It Bloomberg High School’s homeroom class of 10B collectively develop telepathic abi
Stacey (prettybooks)
If Don't Even Think About It was a movie, it would be the sort of teen movie that you would watch curled up on a Sunday afternoon (preferably with snacks and friends), a bit of contemporary + science fiction lite mixed with The Breakfast Club + Gossip Girl. I wasn't having a brilliant week when I began reading and it turned out to be the perfect antidote. I started it on the way to work and finished it that evening, so if you want to just forget everything and delve into a fun, light-hearted and ...more
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If God wants to punish some poor bastard, I mean really punish him till he’s ready to poke out his own eyeballs, swallow a .44 Magnum, slit his own wrists, or end his own life in front of a city bus, he should force him to come back to earth as a teenage girl. In less than a month, you’d read about the extravagant deaths of Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer and even Hannibal Lector. Yeah, and those sonsofbitches never stood a chance either.

But the true beauty in this novel, aside from the sudden deat
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
More like 1.5 stars

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Don’t Even Think About It had quite an interesting premise (which was completely unrealistic but I was willing to put that aside) to me which happened to grab my attention. After reading a lot of more serious books recently, I needed a light and fluffy contemporary to switch things up.

Sadly enough Don’t Even Think About It didn’t do that for me. Contrary to the title, thinking was very much involved with this novel. It’s to
Anna Janelle
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader's copy of this book through Netgalley. I'm really pleased with my decision to see this edgy, quirky YA novel through to completion. It was enjoyable throughout, but it wasn't until the end of the novel that I realized that I was really emotionally invested in these teens' drama that was cleverly hidden a midst a backdrop of comedy and quips.

At BHS, the students in Homeroom 10B are close. Really close. There are NO secrets between them; in fact, t
Initial Thoughts: About a 3.0-3.5 star read for me. I think that this should appeal to both male and female young adult readers. The book is entertaining, but you do need to suspend belief just a little. Basically, a bunch of kids discover that they now have telepathic abilities after receiving the flu shot. While they are initially ecstatic about their telepathy, it does cause some problems and a case of too much information. There's also some ethical issues about cheating as well.

The Review:
Read InAGarden
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
The students in one homeroom all get tainted vaccines that give them the ability to read the thoughts of others. At first they each think this ability is great. As time progresses, though, they each begin to realize that this ability has definite drawbacks. When everyone you hang out with knows all your thoughts you can't keep any secrets, think catty thoughts, hide your pain, have a hidden crush, and more. And then there's the opposite side of the equation: when you can read the thoughts of oth ...more
Susane Colasanti
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Don't Even Think About It is Sarah Mlynowski's best teen novel yet! I absolutely adored it. ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Not the best. Got bored and couldn’t finish it. Couldn’t get attached to any of the characters, storyline didn’t make sense and felt abit silly.
3.5 stars

Don’t Even Think About it, was a super surprising read. For me it had started off as if it was suitable for a much younger reading audience, but I’m glad that after seeing Mlynowski’s name on the book I decide to give it a go.

Classmates in class 10B were scheduled to get their flu shots like normal, however they didn’t expect to end up with telepathic skills, some students develop in a day or two, whereas others take much longer, but what is meant to be a really scary situation ends up
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sarah Mlynowski's newest novel, DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT, pulls off a very neat trick: it's written in fourth person. It's a little disorienting at first, but then I started going with the flow of dipping in and out of heads and sometimes getting an opinion from several narrators at once.

You see, in DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT, a group of high school students gain telepathy from a tainted batch of flu vaccine. This leads to some fun, but it also leads to them leaking all their secrets, learning n
Paula M
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Maybe you think Olivia is telling the story. Or Mackenzie, or Cooper, or someone else in our homeroom you haven’t met yet.
It could be any of us.
But it’s not.
It’s all of us. We’re telling you this story together.

..and I was not happy about it.

What a letdown..

I started reading this with high expectations. But I guess the cover should've gave me a hint already that it wasn't gonna be that good as I was hoping for.

What is the story anyway?

They all got flu shots and then after that, they started
Elizabeth ☆❀Hot for Alphas❀☆
3.5 Telepathy Stars

This is the story of Homeroom 10B from Bloomberg High School in Tribeca, NY. They were all normal freshman until October 2nd, the day that changed everything. Their story is told as a "we" instead of an "I" POV (which took a little getting used to).

So what happened on October 2nd?

Homeroom 10B got the optional flu shot - well everyone but 2.

So what, people get the flu shot all the time!

Well this batch was gave them ESP.

I really liked the beginning when all the s
Feb 14, 2014 marked it as dnf-not-for-me  ·  review of another edition
Messy. That is the word that comes to mind when thinking about this narration. I'm not necessarily blaming the narrator. I think that the plot & POV is so jumbled and scattered that the best it can aspire to be is Messy. Too bad. The summary & premise seemed like it could have been fun. When I first read the summary, it seemed like possibly a teen girl version of "What Women Want" - not so much. My advice if you're considering picking this one up - See the title. ...more
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super unique! I originally thought I would hate the "we" perspective but I ended up loving it.
The characters were all very different even thought there was over 20 of them. I recommend :)
Ruby Rose
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 13 and up!
There are definitely some things you need to know about this book, and classically none of them are mentioned in the synopsis and any of the other reviews that are harder to find.

PARENT NOTE: This book has a lot of mentions of IT happening, as well as thoughts by some of the main characters that might not be appropriate for younger audiences, and thoughts of one of the parents of one of the main characters. This book also is based on a flu shot gone wrong that might give some younger audiences
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbr-2014
3.5 Stars

A homeroom in a NYC high school goes to gets their flu shots at the nurses office. Everyone knows there are potential side effects with flu shots (fever, aches, etc.), but telepathy isn't supposed to be one of them. The next day everyone in the class who got the shot show up to school with ESP. "The Espies" as they come to call themselves, know everything you are thinking. They know everything that each other is thinking. This is not good if you have secrets that you want to stay hidden
Sarah Elizabeth
2.5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and Netgalley.)
A group of teens discover that after a flu jab, they can suddenly hear everybody’s thoughts.
Who has secrets that they need to hide from their friends though? How long will these abilities last? And is this new-found side effect a good thing or a bad thing?

Oh dear, yet another pretty cover, with a not-so-entertaining story behind it.

I felt like I couldn’t
Debbie Narh

2.5 Stars!

Can you imagine ever reading someone’s mind? I mean, there has to be at least one person that you thought, “Man, if I could only know how they feel about…” that would just solve a few of your problems, right? Well, Don’t Even Think About It is like that. Sarah Mlynowski takes readers on a light-hearted ride into that What if world and shows us the good as well as the bad.

Unfortunately, this book is all it’s cracked up to be. Sure it’s entertaining and stuff (I’ll get into it later)
Lucy Powrie
What would you do if you could read the minds of the people around you? It sure would be handy when you’ve fallen out with someone and don’t know what you’ve done wrong, or need to tell if someone is lying. Don’t Even Think About It explores this in a fun and gripping way.

When Class 10B have their flu injections, things seem normal at first. Then they start to hear the voices. With all of their secrets laid bare, how will this group of students cope as they’re forced to cooperate by something co
It was a cute story about a group of kids who get telepathic abilities from a flu shot.
It's a solid 3 star read, and I think it will do very well with the younger readers. However, I doubt that this will crossover well into the adult market, or even into the older YA audiences.
It's got a teeny bopper flavor to the story that kept me from fully caring what happened to the characters, but I'm not the target audience, so I'm not trying to be insulting. The closest I can come to describing the story
Alicia Bayer
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is not the sort of book I'd ever read on my own and I'm not sure how I ended up with it in my NetGalley requests back in 2014. It's been sitting on my Kindle with some others that I found recently and I've started making myself read them.

The basic premise is that a bunch of rich NYC kids in a high school homeroom end up getting a flu shot that mysteriously gives them ESP. They then spend the book adapting to their new abilities and the ways they all can hear each other's thoughts. The girl
Amy Yingling
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
ESP and high school kids. Wow! I would have loved to have had ESP in high school. We were all terrified of at least one thing about high school and there were some like me that just entering the build was mentally exhausting, but to have ESP, well lets say I would have gladly showed up everyday with a smile on!

The Espies are not the most popular kids nor the richest they are a mix of all different types of personalities that consisted in one homeroom class. The playful and sometimes not so play
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski is a story of a regular class who turn into freaks because of one flu shot they can hear everyones thoughts and everyones secrets. Will they tell someone? I recomend this book to ages 13 up and people who like intriguing book. There is another book in this series called Think Twice.This is a great book and you don't want to stop reading the book. ...more
Phawe Phawe
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading it over the holiday. When I started reading it, I felt a little dizzy because so much was going on, but when you more into the book, later on, it will get more interesting,
Picked this up at a used book sale but I'm clearly not the intended audience. I probably would've enjoyed this if I read it at as 14 or 15 year old. I was able to read it in one sitting though which is great, I love short books.

Going to donate this book back to my library so hopefully someone else can enjoy it!
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Don't Even Think About It is a cute, funny story about growing up in high school, only with a twist - when the class of 10B go to get their flu shots, they become telepathic, hearing everyone else's thoughts. At first this seems terrifying until they understand what's going on, then fun. However they get a lot more than they bargained for and have to deal with the consequences of past lies from both themselves and their parents.

This feels very much like a High School movi
There are a lot of characters in this story, Cooper, Mackenzie, Pi, Teddy, Olivia and more. I gravitated to Olivia's part of the story, her mother is highstrung and Olivia often spends her in the nurses office. When a flu shot leads to hearing everyone's thoughts everything changes. Relationships become strained and the aftermath of having everything out there in the open, causes hurt, hope, and a stream of frantic teenager emotions. When push comes to shove, they will have to decide if they wan ...more
Jen Ryland
Thanks to Random House for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book. Find more reviews, book discussion and great giveaways on my blog, YA Romantics.

I really liked this one. At first the all-over-the-place-in-everyone's-head multiple first person POV was driving me batty, and yes, there are a lot of characters, but then it all started to come together and I was engaged. Given the premise, these choices make total sense.

For me, this is the 21st century heir to one of my favorite childhoo
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Sarah was born in Montreal, Canada. After graduating with an honors degree in English literature from McGill University, she moved to Toronto to work for Harlequin Enterprises. While she never met Fabio, she used her romance publishing experiences to fuel her first novel Milkrun.

Since then, Sarah has written four additional novels for adults: Fishbowl, As Seen on TV, Monkey Business, and Me vs.

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“That's our story.

How we became a we.

And that's what we are these day. A we.

When you're a group that can hear each other's thoughts, the line between I and We gets kind of blurry.”
“Normal is boring. Who wants that?” 5 likes
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