Publisher: Delacorte Press
Format: ARC from netgalley
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
What I Thought: I absolutely adored this book. It was SUCH a unique premise, and it was executed so beautifully. I really love that instead of one perspective or even alternating chapters, the story is told from the collective point of view of the entire ensemble cast. It's a really great narrative of a singular voice with everyone chiming in their own thoughts and experiences.
Speaking of that cast, every single character was so developed and fleshed out better than most single narratives I've read recently. They interacted with each other brilliantly, and they were fantastic both as a a group and as individuals.
We got to see the group of students in school and how they interacted with each other and also other students, and there were also some fantastic glimpses of different home lives as well. I just love everything about this book.
I love Sarah Mlynowski and this book was absolutely no exception to her brilliance.
Read this if: you want something that is truly unique in a genre of ever predictable and repetitive stories.
Out of 5☆: 5/5
This book was 18/100 for 2014