This is the story of how we became freaks. It’s how a group of I’s became a we.
When Class 10B got their flu shots, they expected some side effects. Maybe a sore arm. Maybe a headache. They definitely didn’t expect to get telepathy. But suddenly they could hear what everyone was thinking. Their friends. Their teachers. Their parents. Now they all know that Tess has a crush on her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper. Some of them will thrive. Some of them will break. None of them will ever be the same.
The concept of this book caught my eye as soon as I heard about it and I knew that it was a book I wanted to read. The idea of thoughts being overheard is definitely a scary one so I was instantly intrigued. Aside from that, I had no idea what to expect when it came to this book. Fortunately, I found the book to be an enjoyable, entertaining read that I’m glad I got a chance to read. It’s an easy read and one that I got through quickly and is good if you just want something nice and simple to read for a little while. A brilliant book to escape into for a few hours.
Homeroom 10B all thought they were queuing up to get your run-of-the-mill flu jab, they never thought anything could go wrong. But then they start hearing people’s thoughts. This premise is so scary! It’s also really intriguing because it could be so helpful to know what people are really thinking. This book looks at both of these pros and cons – amongst many more – and it was really fascinating to read. With a handful of characters, this book looks at so many different things with lots of little subplots going on as well, which helped to make the book addictive. There were times, however, especially at the beginning, where the stories of the characters got a little jumbled and hard to follow but luckily it got a lot easier to handle as the book progressed. Throughout the plot, this book filled me with many emotions, and while it wasn’t the most emotional book I’ve ever read, it was still a quite bumpy ride!
There are a bundle of main characters in this book, but my favourite by far was Olivia. She is a shy and anxious teenager just trying to work out her place in the world. I loved where her thoughts took her and who she became by the end of the novel. I also really liked Cooper. He’s the fun guy of the class, always helping to bring a bit of cheer to the world, and I just thought he was a really lively character that I could really imagine. The journey he takes in this story is really heart-breaking and touching and I just felt that it was really well done. Other mentionable characters include Tess and BJ. Both were liked for different reasons but basically I just adored both of their stories and how they progressed throughout the novel. While some of the characters felt stereotypical, it really didn’t matter as I still enjoyed reading about all of the characters, even the less nice ones!
The narration in this book was a little hard to get to grips with at the start. Only because there was an ensemble of characters and it was difficult to work out whom was who. Fortunately that was quickly resolved as the writing style was really easy to get to grips with. Essentially I soon found myself rather enjoying the little asides that occur throughout the novel and the way in which the book jumps around from one character to the next. With all of that going on, it is easy to see why this book is such a quick read and my only complaint would be that it wasn’t long enough!
While I had no true expectations of this book, I can say with certainty that I really liked this book. It was a fun, easy, light read that was addictive and compelling. I loved the characters, some more than others, and I enjoyed where the plot of this story took me. It is one that I would definitely pick up again and one that I am just really glad I eventually got around to reading. I would recommend this to anyone who likes contemporary books with a twist, and is looking for a book that they can practically fall into and truly enjoy. It may also make you think about what it would be like if everyone could hear your thoughts!
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **