“Don’t Even Think About It” Sarah Mlynowski

Rated 2 stars ** 2014. Delacorte Press. ebook. ARC. To be published March 11, 2014.

Don'tEvenThinkAboutItA group of high school students get the flu shot at school. Within a short time, they all become telepathic – able to read every one’s thoughts. Some are quite excited at the prospect, while others are nervous. The group of them (readers never know who’s talking) decides to tell us their story.

As time goes on, they realize being able to read people’s minds is not as exciting as they thought it would be because being bombarded with everyone’s thoughts, getting splitting headaches and purple eyes is just half the problem. The other half is finding out things like your best friend thinks you’re fat, your crush likes someone else, your parents have sex while you’re sleeping (ewww!) and your dad is having an affair.

This fluffy, chick lit book has some laughs and will probably be enjoyed by the 14 and older set, especially those who have ever wished they could read minds. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if You Want to Read It or Not.

 

“The Secret Ingredient” Stewart Lewis

ARC (Advance Reading Copy). Published June 11, 2013. Delacorte Press. 241 pp.

TheSecretIngredientFor the past 17 years, Olivia has enjoyed everything about her life. She loves her two dads Bell and Enrique, her older brother Jeremy, and her best friend Lola. She especially loves cooking and even has her own Saturday Special in her dad’s restaurant, whipping up new, delicious treats for his customers. Through her years of cooking, she’s learned that chefs should have their own secret ingredient to spice up their dishes and give them a mysterious flavor.

She knows she’s adopted and is really happy with Bell and Enrique but feels something is missing. One day she meets a psychic who tells her that her life is going to change. Soon after,  she reconnects with Theo, her long lost love, who makes her feel like nothing can go wrong. But she still misses having a mom of her own. Things start to happen, including finding an old cookbook from someone named Rose filled with notes about life in the mid 1960’s. As Olivia explores the book and cooks its recipes, she finds herself imagining Rose’s life and comparing it to her own. Suddenly Olivia is desperate to conquer the many fears in her life and find her own missing ingredient, beginning with locating her birth mother.

Budding chefs ages 14 and older will have the opportunity to try new recipes based on Olivia’s many food choices, while adopted kids and those from nontraditional homes will see themselves in Olivia.

“Belles” by Jen Calonita

Little Brown & Company, 2012

I enjoyed Izzie’s attitude because despite being raised in a poor neighborhood by her grandmother after her mother dies and being taken in by her rich uncle when her grandmother is put into a nursing home, Izzie never falters. She sticks with her beliefs of who she is and what she stands for, and is not ashamed of where she grew up despite being surrounded by rich, snooty teens who think nothing of reminding her she can never really be one of their crowd. Izzie doesn’t want to be part of the in-crowd, which is refreshing since there are too many other characters in the book who do.

However, I thought it was too typically much like many other books when it came to the attitudes of Rich School Kids versus Poor School Kids.

Good for High Schoolers who like reading Chick Lit.