Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Publication Date: March 11th, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Number of Pages: 336
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Fantasy (?), Sci-fi
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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.
DNF’d at 38%
I actually started reading this book a few weeks ago, but after putting it down and never ever picking it up again, I came to the realization that I was avoiding the book.
I’d read a different book because I really really did not want to read this one.
And the reasons are simple.
LIST O’ REASONS I DROPPED THIS BOOK
I hated the characters.
I could never tell anybody apart both in terms of voice and character.
There are way too many POVs to keep track of and they all sound the same.
When they had new POVs, it never told who it was. It was introduced by a character.
I didn’t read far enough to see if the book had this, but I was sorely disappointed by the character’s lack of interest in finding the scientific reason behind their sudden powers.
The premise was absolutely ridiculous.
I think that the book was satire. It’s a giant pool of drama and snarkily annoying characters. From what I’ve read, they have the ability to hear everybody’s thoughts but then they don’t use it for anything but personal, relationship gain. Like, no thank you. There is a reason that I don’t get involved in the drama and it’s because I don’t like it. The same goes for reading about it.
And I know that it’s supposed to be a book where all of them wrote it together, but I found it way too confusing. It was too hard to keep track of who was dating who and all that stuff.
I was sick and tired of having this book at home when I knew I wasn’t going to finish it. So it’s been officially DNF’d because I have no interest in finishing it.