Thursday, April 10, 2014

A new student review of Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

R. Mae posted a new student review of Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski. See the full review.

Don’t Even Think About It was as witty as its five word title.


Don’t Even Think About It was one of those books with a quicksand plot. Once I started reading, I could not stop. When the group begins to read each others' minds, problems begin to arise. And of course the question is, is being able to hear what anyone and everyone is thinking more on the pro or con side of things? So as I said, the story was like a spiders web and captured me. I opened the book and then did not stop reading for six hours (that includes lunch).


In Don’t Even Think About It, the narrator was not ‘I’, or ‘He/She’, it was ‘We’. Oh my gosh, you do not fully understand how unfairly difficult it is to write a novel from the point of view ‘We’. I do not know if this is really how Sarah Mlynowski (that is a crazy last name) felt, but it must have been a constant struggle not to write ‘I’. The transition between characters was fascinatingly smooth. I found myself completely unbiased. I equally loved and hated them all. Which all adds up to the fact that this book is incredibly original. There is no book like Don’t Even Think About It, and I truly doubt there ever will be. If there is, someone should please notify me.


The characters were the Gateway Arch of arched. They each faced difficult situations, and had to deal with them accordingly. No spoilers. Imagine the difficulty of high school romance paired with telepathy. I can not. But Sarah M. could. And their friendship was inspiring. It was real, with actual arguments and silent treatments. It was also the same with their love. Not only for boyfriends and girlfriends, but for family.

So, to finish up without scaring you, I obviously adored Don’t Even Think About It. I will probably read it fifty more times and then a couple more times just to make sure I know it by heart. If you have not read this book and you enjoyed any novel with a name I recommend you read Don’t Even Think About It. If I see you walking down the street and you still have not read it, I will feel dubiously obligated to shove it in your face and rattle on about the incredibility of writing a story from the point of view ‘We’. Read it. And how do you pronounce Mlynowski?