Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Random House Children (March 11, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 3 Stars
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.
I first picked this one up because of the fun storyline. I thought it would be a great in between reads to cleanse my palate and just have a little fun with something different before starting my next read.
That is exactly what I got.
I have to say, I loved that this starts out the way it does, with a narrator that you are unsure of. Who is narrating and why is their identity a secret? Why does “I” become “We”? It was cleverly done and executed, considering the content of the story (don't worry it will all make sense as soon as you start reading it) it was very fitting and appropriate.
This was such a cute fun little read, very reminiscent of the life of a high schooler and all the drama and antics that take place during that period in life. It had a fun spin of course with all of homeroom 10B getting a flu vaccine that ends up giving them all ESP.
Being able to read everyone's mind doesn't exactly turn out to be as fun and they first thought it would be. Secrets are exposed, feelings reveled and chaos ensued.
This was an enjoyable read that you can easily read in one sitting and just have a fun time while doing so.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review*