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Book Review: Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

"Don't Even Think About It" by Sarah Mlynowski was definitely an interesting tale. Children who develop telepathic powers from a vaccine was a little out there. The synopsis pulled me into the storyline that I wanted to see what "Don't Even Think About It" was truly about, unfortunately I was disappointed. Almost an entire homeroom received the flu vaccination and the next day 11 students started out with the telepathic powers. As the day went on and even the next day, more students started to show symptoms of the powers.

 The group of students decided to keep their new powers to themselves until the could figure out more of what was going on. Some of the students thought the new powers were good and others thought that they were an invasion of privacy. If everyone could read thoughts than how were they going to keep anything a secret. The nice thing about getting to read others thoughts is that you got to know what they were truly thinking or you could have the answers to your latest tests things like that.

 I had a hard time become attached to any of these characters. They all seemed too whiny for my taste. This novel is focused on high school students and their love life problems. I thought it was a very mediocre tween novel. I felt like I was dragging my feet trying to get to the end. I was really disappointed that none of the characters were very interesting to me. My favorite part of books as most of my readers know is the characters. I want to be able to love them and get to know them, but these characters were just too whiny and immature for my taste.

 I don't want my distaste of the novel to stop others from reading it. I think this would be a great and easy read for middle school students. It is pretty PG. There is some kissing and maybe some inappropriate thoughts but there is no sex. One of the students over hears her parents thoughts as they are starting to have sex but was able to tune it out and ignore their thoughts. I think this could be a great read for middle school and high school readers, but I don't see adults being interested in this novel much.


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