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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
Unsaid Things by Gary Smith is the first book in The Mentaleeze Chronicles. What would you do if everyone around you could suddenly hear your thoughts? What would you feel like if even the most private ideas and feelings would no longer be private? Stephen has to live with exactly that problem, and his special, out-of-control power (to transmit his thoughts to other people) comes to light in the most unsuitable manner: when he day-dreams about what kinds of inappropriate things he would like to do to an attractive classmate. To his sheer horror, the girl had heard his thoughts. Stephen learns that his new ability is a side effect of a medicine his mother took before his birth, believing that the drug called Mentaleeze would give her baby a head start in life. But all it did was cause a lot of issues in Stephen's life. After all, the thoughts of male teenagers should often better remain unheard. Stephen has to adjust his life, learn how to keep certain thoughts out of his mind - but then his thoughts start hurting others, and there might only be one solution to the problem.
I found Unsaid Things by Gary Smith rather thought provoking and very interesting. It made me think about my own thoughts and how comfortable or uncomfortable I would feel if the people around me were able to know everything just the way I thought it. On one hand, it would solve the issue of not knowing whether to tell someone about your feelings or not - but on the other hand, sometimes it is better to not let people know everything. How could you ever surprise someone if they knew your thoughts? Stephen has to deal with many issues because of his mind being like an open book to people, and I love how the author managed to tie them all into the story without making it sound idiotic. The story has a lovely flow, and the book is neither too long nor too short. It was a very pleasant read, and definitely gives you a lot to think about. And what more could you ask from a book? It's entertainment and philosophy in one. I loved it!