Don’t Even Think About It
I give this 4.5 stars because I was really drawn into this tale of high school students. This was a light, fun romp with a group of kids who were actually not totally annoying. When you start a book and find out you are going back to high school I think the first thought is that here come the stereotypes, not so here. While you do have a few, mostly what you have are a group of kids who seem like any others you may have known growing up. The characters seem real and act and talk like you would expect kids to and the adults are a bit broad but are realistic in their parenting. The story seems to fly by as you move from chapter to chapter not letting you slow down for a minute. I will not call it fast paced but it definitely moves right along taking you on an interesting ride. The characters are well thought out and have personalities and quirks which define them as individuals, making it easy to like them or not depending on how they act.
Olivia was one of favorites because I like her was a bit of a hypochondriac when I was younger. She is shy to the point of being invisible but you just know that there is a lot more to her. I also really liked Mackenzie because she was not really a bad girl like everyone thought but just confused about who she was and what she wanted. The person who was least likable would be Pi, everyone hates that girl or boy who thinks they are superior to everyone else, and Pi has that in spades.
Everything changed for the students of home room 10B on October 2 when something strange happened to them without warning. The kids go in for a simple inoculation and emerge with more than just a resistance to the flu. The kids end up with an ability which at first scares them but then starts to be useful for their everyday lives, but as these things usually do it causes trouble for all. What they finally do is the right thing for them and maybe for others, but that will come later.
This was the kind of story that anyone can read without feeling bad. The story is cute and the kids are all nice in their own way and make for a fun time.