cover image Don’t Even Think About It

Don’t Even Think About It

Sarah Mlynowski, read by Erin Spencer. Random House Audio, , unabridged, seven CDs, 8 hrs., $45 ISBN 978-0-8041-6722-2

When a group of 20 Manhattan 10th graders inadvertently receives telepathic abilities from tainted flu shots, things rapidly get chaotic (and noisy). Finding out too much information dramatically upends family relationships, friendships, and romances. No secrets are safe, and all this information overload results in the pinnacle of teen drama. The novel is written in a collective first-person perspective in which the “we” refers to the telepathic teens as a group, while the plot zeros in on a few central characters. Reader Spencer nails the comedic components of Mlynowski’s tale and aptly handles the multiple perspectives providing a hollow accentuation when voicing inner thoughts. However, the complex structure of the story, with its unique perspective, makes it hard to follow in Spencer’s rendition. Ages 12–up. A Delacorte hardcover. (Apr.)