Monday, March 10, 2014

Amusing Tale of Teens with ESP

When homeroom 10B lined up to get their flu shots, they got a bonus. They began to hear each other's thoughts. At first, they feared they were going crazy, but if everyone who got the flu shot could do it, something else was going on. With the help of their leader, Pi, who wants to be exceptional, they figure out that it was the flu shot.

While it sounds cool to be able to read someone else's thoughts, in practice, the teens discovered things they didn't want to know: secrets about their parents, about their boyfriends or girlfriends, and their teacher's backgrounds.

The narration is a bit strange in the beginning because the class is writing the book as a group. It has the advantage of moving from one student to another as they experience the good and bad aspects of ESP, but it also adds confusion to the story, because you're never really sure who's talking. I enjoyed the characters: Mackenzie, who is worried her boyfriend, Cooper, will find out she's been cheating on him; Tess, who has to listen to her best friend, Teddy, enthuse about another girl; Olivia, who is burdened with an obsessive, over-protective mother; and many others.

I found the plot interesting for the first few chapters. The book is a fun read with an unusual plot, but I can't recommend it too highly because it does become repetitious.

I reviewed this book for Net Galley.