Published by Random House LLC on 2014-03-11
Genres: Young Adult
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 received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in
exchange for an honest review.
This book was nothing like I thought it would be. I was expecting something a little like Mean Girls, but was completely wrong. I haven’t read a book with a “We” POV and struggled with it at first, but then got used to it and felt it necessary to the story. It also made a lot more sense the further I read.
While there are multiple characters throughout the book, each one brings a different element to the story. They were so realistic and complex, which made each one easy to relate to in one way or another.
When a group of high schoolers find themselves with the ability to read minds, all hell breaks loose, for lack of a better term. Some consider it a curse, while others consider it to be the coolest thing to ever happen to them. The ESP element certainly made for an interesting turn of events, but it just wasn’t enough for me. I enjoyed it and found it humorous at times, but I just felt like something was missing for myself as a reader. I can’t exactly put my finger on what made me consider it just an okay read, but there is something about the ending. I felt like it was missing something or perhaps was cut short.
However, if there is a companion novel, I probably will read it because I felt left in the dark with the ending of this one. Overall, it was a fun read and one that gave me a little taste of something unique, but it just wasn’t one that left me really thirsting for more.
3.5 out of 5 stars.