Well, in Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mylnosky, almost an entire homeroom (with the exception of two people) gets the ability to read minds when they’re injected with an impure flu vaccination. And as the secrets come out, a lot of shit hits the fan, like when everyone knows Mckenzie cheated on Cooper, and Tess has a crush on her best friend. And no one wants to read the mind of B.J., who has a perverted sense of humor and is not at all ashamed of it. They must learn how to cope with the mind reading, from shielding their thoughts from their fellow Espies (their self-given nickname) to living with the lies other people tell them, as well as find their own identity while permanently linked to other peoples’ minds.
I thought this was a really well-done book. It was funny with a touch of darkness as the students run into trouble with their new abilities. It also deals with things teenagers go through everyday, like breakups, disappointment, ambition, and parental problems.
I couldn’t put the book down, and read the entire thing in one sitting. The writing is very powerful and I ended up crying at one point, and then started to wonder if one of my friends had ESP (granted, my paranoia was more likely caused by lack of sleep and my own insanity than the book. Actually, just forget I said anything). I’d recommend this book to anyone who has thought at one one point or another, “What if we could read each other’s minds?”
You can find the book here: <a href=”http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780385737388?aff=KaraSkinner”>http://www.indiebound.org/book/</a>