Audio Review: Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Audio Review: Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah MlynowskiDon't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
Published by Delacorte Press on 03/11/2014
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible

Contemporary teen fiction with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP from the author of Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have).

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 don’t know about you guys, but often if there is a book I am interested in, but am afraid I might struggle with it for whatever reason, then I give the audiobook version of that book a try. It has worked really well for me. This seemed like a good way for me to read Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski. The premise seemed interesting, but it really isn’t my normal kind of read. But I really liked the audiobook.

Don’t Even Think About It doesn’t have one specific, or even two specific, main characters. The story is told by all the affected individuals from class 10b. I think that is a really difficult way to tell a story, and although I think Mlynowski did a decent job, I don’t think it was perfect. In fact I can only think of one book that I really enjoyed that didn’t have a specific main character and that is Beauty Queens by Libba Bray.

As someone who is much more interested in character driven stories, I do find it difficult to love books with no real main character. I like to read about a person, and root for them, and all that. I couldn’t exactly do that in Don’t Even Think About It, because there were so many characters to really focus on one. I did, of course, have the characters that I liked the most (Olivia & Cooper) and the characters that just pissed me off (Pi) and even the characters that grew on me throughout the story (MacKenzie and B.J.), but because there were so many, I never felt like I could connect to any of the characters as much as I would like. That’s not to say that all these characters weren’t really well-developed, fleshed out characters, because they were. But whenever I was finally connecting to a character, I was dragged away and had to focus on other characters.

One thing that I really did love about Don’t Even Think About It, though, was that all the characters weren’t too stereotypical. Mlynowski gives back stories to so many of them, that it makes it easier to understand why certain characters did what they did. Things weren’t black and white, and I really appreciated that. It gave a realistic feel to a story that is incredibly unbelievable.

Don’t Even Think About It was a fun audiobook. Definitely listening to this was the right way to go, and I enjoyed it immensely. That said, I was never clamoring to find out what would happen next, and I don’t think I will read any more if this leads to a series. However, if you’re looking for something easy, interesting and fun to read or listen to, definitely give Don’t Even Think About It a try.


3 Responses to “Audio Review: Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski”

  1. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    This book does sound really interesting -like it would have a fun Mean Girls vibe – but the lackluster reviews scared me off. But it’s a great idea to try it on audiobook – it sounds like a better book to listen to!

  2. Tiffany (About to Read)

    I really enjoyed this one. Not sure if I’d like it as an audiobook though. I enjoyed imagining the cluster of people talking at once and I don’t know if it would feel the same if there were distinct voices.

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