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.
4 out of 5 Stars
*I received an ARC of this eBook via NetGalley in exchanged for an honest review*
Have you ever looked at someone and wished that you could hear what they were thinking? Well, you should be careful what you wish for, because as the kids in Homeroom 10B quickly found out, you may not really want to know.
This book was funny. Like, laugh out loud in public and begin to collect weird looks, funny. Ms. Mlynowski perfectly paints a picture of what it would be like if a group of teens could suddenly hear the thoughts of everyone around them. And not just specific thoughts, but every random thought that floats through your head. Are you hungry? Did you forget your homework? Are you bored? Did you cheat on your boyfriend? Do you have to pee? They can hear all that and more, whether they want to or not. I couldn’t stop giggling. Like when one girl “overhears” her parents ,um, being intimate, I just about died laughing. It was priceless.
Told as a collective “We”, the story follows an entire gaggle of high school students that go in for a flu shot and come out with a little more than they bargained for. I really enjoyed the fact that there was such a wide cast of characters involved, because it allowed you to see how a variety of different personalities reacted to becoming spontaneously telepathic. Like the Type-A student who automatically figures out how to use this new “gift” to their advantage. Or the shy girl who builds confidence when she doesn’t have to worry about what others are thinking about her, because she already knows. Or the happy-go-lucky kid that has his bubble burst when he realizes that everything is not as great as it seems. Or the twins that think they’ve suddenly developed the “twin powers” that they’ve always secretly known they were capable of.
And you know what? For having as large a cast as the book did, I never got confused or felt overwhelmed. The characters were all well rounded and had their own little quirks that made them seem real, like Olivia being a hypochondriac (her thoughts were some of my favorites) and Cooper singing almost everything he says. I mean, the trains of thought could get a little chaotic if more than one person was thinking at once, but I thought that it felt authentic (well, as authentic as telepathy can be, anyway). And you could usually pick out who “said” what based on what was “said”, thanks to the stellar character building.
And I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of character development that happened throughout the book. In every character. It was impressive, really. Having to flesh out that many characters could have left some of them overlooked, leaving them flat and empty. That totally wasn’t the case though. It seemed to me that all of the characters completed some kind of arc, so kudos for that.
The only thing that kind of bothered me was the end of the book. It had one of those non-endings where things kind of conveniently came together, but a lot of stuff was left wide open like there could possibly be a sequel in the works. I’m not saying that there is, in fact I can’t find anything that even remotely hints at another book, but that’s just how it felt to me. I like my endings to be tidy and wrapped up in a little bow, not brimming with possibility. Unless of course there are more books to come, then the possibilities can overflow all they want. It’s just a preference thing.
Anyways, ending aside, I deeply enjoyed this book. It’s a quick, fun read that makes you think twice about the way you think. If anyone could hear the thoughts running through your head right now, would you have to censor yourself? Or do you think what you say and say what you think? Either way, if you’re looking for something light and cute to read, don’t even think about passing this one up .