By Sarah Mlynowski
Delacorte Press, 2014
Audience: Older Teens
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.
This was a cute, fun read. I needed something not too serious, and this was perfect! The only thing I didn’t like was the inconsistent “we.” It switched from first to third person, but usually it was in third person - unless I remember incorrectly.
Of all of the side effects possible! From a flu shot! It’s a silly idea but Mlynowski made it work. It addressed serious subjects along with the lighthearted idea of telepathy. I look forward to reading more of this author’s books. I think they’ll be good for summer. I have the books, now I just need the beach!