Thoughtless

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When Bridget finds a dead cheerleader in the janitor’s closet, she becomes the killer’s next target. High school just got worse. It’s bad enough that she can hear the shocking truths that pass through her classmate’s heads. Now she has to worry about staying alive, and all clues point to the one person whose thoughts she can’t read - her boyfriend Terrence. More
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Published: Feb. 28, 2012
Words: 59,780
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466053076
About Jacqueline Gardner

Jacqueline's love of storytelling began at an early age when she would make up stories with her grandma before bedtime. In early 2010, she completed her first novel and has been stuck on writing ever since. She resides in Colorado and loves hiking, writing, fantasy fiction, and all things cupcake.

Reviews

Review by: Dale Ibitz on Dec. 14, 2012 : star star
First, I really like this cover, and the premise grabbed me immediately. Poor Bridget has an onslaught of thoughts running through her head, and they're not hers. It's especially hard in high school with aaalllll those hormonal boys with really only *one* thought on their minds. Hard to have a boyfriend. The plot was good for the most part...though I don't think I fully bought the reason Bridget felt like she couldn't tell anyone she'd found the dead cheerleader. Though Bridget works hard at keeping her mind-reading power a secret, to me that wasn't reason enough she had to hide...but of course I'm not a 17 year-old girl who just found a dead body. Maybe the right instinct is to run.

Bridget gains the aid and trust another student, and there's always her best friend, whom I'm happy to say both stick with her through the bad stuff that comes. Boyfriend Terrence is the stuff high school dreams are made of...um, a.ka. yummy.

Here's what brings down the star rating. Basically, the writing itself. In short summary:

1. The author is addicted to exclamation points. Readers will be more engaged if urgency and excitement are shown through actions and facial expressions...rather than a reliance on exclamation points.

2. There was a lot of telling. ...looking shocked. ... looked confused. ... I found myself getting nervous. ... Rory was nervously waiting. The thing is, sometimes these types of phrases were paired with action. The action itself was showing how the character felt...the statement of how the character felt is redundant.

3. The amount of the main character's internalization distracted from the story...especially when large chunks of internalization were mixed with dialogue. The dialogue doesn't snap or flow at a good pace. Let the story play out and trust the reader to come to his/her own conclusions. Especially when at the climax of the book; all that internalization slows down the climatic ending.

4. A bit of passive writing. I felt his hand grab my ankle. I could hear the sirens. Passive writing makes the reader feel like he/she is reading a story, rather than being immersed in the story.

This one was just okay for me.
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Review by: Beverly S on Aug. 25, 2012 : star star star
I enjoyed this story from the start. Fast paced, mysterious and twisting. I love the idea of mind readers. This is a wonderful YA paranormal.
Jacqueline Gardner has created a host of wonderful characters, my favorite being Rory - the science geek. The good guys were your average teens - not flawless and invincible. The bad guys too were young, but perfectly cruel and evil. She has set those characters in a realistic high school setting. I was cringing at the school interactions - I still remember high school and the author's descriptions were spot on.
The plot is intriguing and mysterious, with enough twists to keep you reading. The story was fast paced and nicely written. There was a little bit of romance with the "new boyfriend" for Bridget (Terrance) but I kept holding out for a budding romance between her and Rory.
The mind reading/mind control aspect of the book was well done. I liked the way the author twists the ritual (no spoilers - so that's all I will say).
This is a clever and creative story that shows the depth of the author's imagination. I can't wait for book two.
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Review by: Frenchy31 on July 02, 2012 : star star star star
Very enjoyable read. Nice and easy and with good characters and story. Looking forward to reading more about them.
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Review by: Lexie Snyder on June 02, 2012 : star star star
really wasn’t too sure about this book, some of the reviews made me question whether or not it would be worth my time. However, I’m pleased to say that I actually did enjoy it, and hope that a sequel follows.
Bridget is a junior in high school, who just happens to be a mind-reader. The only person who know her secret is her mother, and a killer that is now hunting her down. For years, all Bridget wanted was to blend in. But suddenly, she’s caught up in the investigation of a dead cheerleader (whom she happened to discover in the janitor’s closet) and dating the hottest new boy at school, Terrence. The best part of it all? She can’t read Terrence’s thoughts, so she feels like a normal girl. However, Bridget isn’t normal and she’s going to have to come to face that, or she’ll end up dead too.

There were parts of the book that had be banging my head against a wall thinking, “She can’t really be that stupid, can she?” The title Thoughtless is apt in many ways; Terrence’s mind is thought-less to Bridget, she is often thoughtless in how she treats Rory (the other person the killer is hunting down and who know knows her secret), and sometimes in how Bridget acts.

However, all of these things combined to keep my attention. The plot was predictable in the fact that most anyone can easily guess who the antagonist is, but that didn’t make it less enjoyable. This first book really set the stage for what could prove to be a really interesting series, similar to the X-men (yes, I’m kind of a dork).

All in all, it was an entertaining quick read with characters that are interesting and have the potential to develop even more in the upcoming books.
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Review by: Toni V. Sweeney on May 18, 2012 : star star star star star
Anyone who thinks a Young Adult novel can’t be tense, hasn’t read this one. In fact, I wasn’t even aware It was YA until I got a few pages into the story and realized most of the characters were teenagers.

Thoughtless is fast-paced, exciting, and (as stated above) tense. Besides dealing with the usual teenaged angst, Bridget is also running a race against time with a serial killer who has the ability to control other people’s mind and make them commit his crimes for him. The characterizations are true-to-live. Leave off the telepathy and Bridget’s your usual teenager, wanting a date for the prom, not wanting to settle for just any guy but yearning after the new hunk in school, fighting with her mom, confiding in her best friend.

Several times, I was certain I knew who the killer was, then I’d change my mind, then I’d go back to my original choice. The story keeps you guessing, and the climax itself is worthy of an “adult” novel.
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Review by: Andrea Thompson on May 09, 2012 : star star star
THOUGHTLESS is the story of Bridget, a seemingly normal high school student with a big secret, she can hear the thoughts of others. Bridget is often overwhelmed and spends much of her life avoiding others, trying to save her sanity. The only one who know her secret is her mom. But when Bridget finds the body of a cheerleader in a supply closet, her secret is no longer safe. The killer has targeted Bridget and her new friend Rory. Oh and her new boyfriend, Terrence? He's the only person whose thoughts Bridget can't hear. Coincidence? You decide.

So, I liked THOUGHTLESS. The story starts off with a dramatic incident, murder, and keeps a quick pace throughout. I'm a sucker for books with teen murder mysteries. The main character, Bridget, is a sweet, relatable character. Except for the whole "hearing thoughts" thing she has going on. She's a tenacious girl, with trying to find the killer, but I didn't find her running into danger as annoying as in a lot of the books I've read. I also liked her friend and cohort, Rory. He was the voice of reason for Bridget, and a genuinely good guy.

As for Bridget's "boyfriend' Terrence? I didn't get that. He's the school hottie. Terrence is handsome, charming, and British. But his character felt so flat, for me, that I didn't see the appeal. Their relationship wasn't insta-love, thank goodness. But to have a few half-dates and some awkward moments and call it a relationship felt like a bit of a stretch.

The background of Bridget's abilities is explored. I was happy with what is revealed The lore is completely cool and nothing that I expected. And the author did a great job of setting the story up for a second book.

If you enjoy a paranormal young adult story that's a quick, easy read, THOUGHTLESS may be perfect for you.

Favorite Quote:

"I finallly turned my head and witnessed a long line of policemen. They were watching a stretcher being loaded into an ambulance. A white sheet covered the body and all I could see were white cheerleading sneakers." (ebook, 5%)
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Review by: Andrea Thompson on May 09, 2012 : star star star
THOUGHTLESS is the story of Bridget, a seemingly normal high school student with a big secret, she can hear the thoughts of others. Bridget is often overwhelmed and spends much of her life avoiding others, trying to save her sanity. The only one who know her secret is her mom. But when Bridget finds the body of a cheerleader in a supply closet, her secret is no longer safe. The killer has targeted Bridget and her new friend Rory. Oh and her new boyfriend, Terrence? He's the only person whose thoughts Bridget can't hear. Coincidence? You decide.

So, I liked THOUGHTLESS. The story starts off with a dramatic incident, murder, and keeps a quick pace throughout. I'm a sucker for books with teen murder mysteries. The main character, Bridget, is a sweet, relatable character. Except for the whole "hearing thoughts" thing she has going on. She's a tenacious girl, with trying to find the killer, but I didn't find her running into danger as annoying as in a lot of the books I've read. I also liked her friend and cohort, Rory. He was the voice of reason for Bridget, and a genuinely good guy.

As for Bridget's "boyfriend' Terrence? I didn't get that. He's the school hottie. Terrence is handsome, charming, and British. But his character felt so flat, for me, that I didn't see the appeal. Their relationship wasn't insta-love, thank goodness. But to have a few half-dates and some awkward moments and call it a relationship felt like a bit of a stretch.

The background of Bridget's abilities is explored. I was happy with what is revealed The lore is completely cool and nothing that I expected. And the author did a great job of setting the story up for a second book.

If you enjoy a paranormal young adult story that's a quick, easy read, THOUGHTLESS may be perfect for you.

Favorite Quote:

"I finallly turned my head and witnessed a long line of policemen. They were watching a stretcher being loaded into an ambulance. A white sheet covered the body and all I could see were white cheerleading sneakers." (ebook, 5%)
(review of free book)

Review by: Nicola on April 21, 2012 : star star star
I have so many mixed feelings about Thoughtless! I was quite excited to get started on it. The cover gives off a bit of a creepy vibe and I wanted to know the story behind it. I've been really into YA books lately that feature teens with powers such as mind-reading (a power which Bridget, the protagonist of this book, has) so that had me intrigued. Something about the book felt a bit off to me though and it didn't really live up to my expectations of it.

I had a tough time really getting into the story. Perhaps the writing just didn't suit me personally, but my head was swimming from it for about the first thirty percent! I just found that it was quite difficult to tell who was saying what. Someone would say something but the sentence immediately following it on the same line would be about another character. This caused me to do a lot of double takes though it did improve as the book went on. Some sentences seemed to be missing words as well which would pull me out of the story.

I enjoyed a lot of things about it though! The idea of the powers the characters had really interested me and I loved learning more about them. The book is certainly full of mystery and the suspense certainly kept me on my toes. The story kept me rushing forward to see what would happen next and how each issue would be solved. We meet lots of interesting characters and not all of them are who they appear to be at first glance!

While flawed, Thoughtless still managed to keep me interested and I enjoyed the unique storyline and how believable Bridget was as a character. I think it showed a lot of promise even if it didn't fully work for me. Besides, it's free on Smashwords so if you want to give it a go, you really don't have anything to lose and may end up loving it- lots of other people did!
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Review by: Katie Cody on April 16, 2012 : star star star star
An engaging read that held my interest from the very first page.
This was a great and not overly stereotypical story about a teenager with some unusual powers. The heroine was strong and handled herself well instead of just freaking out like so many do in stories like this. I really enjoyed getting to know all of these characters and figuring out the mystery of who the killer was right along with Bridget.
The story was exciting and had enough twists and turns to keep me on my toes. I also liked exploring the idea of being able to hear people’s thoughts and some of the consequences that come with that. It was really interesting because this is a power that I think many of us wish we had at some point in our lives.
This is a great read that will keep you entertained for hours. I highly recommend you try out Jacqueline Gardner’s “Thoughtless”.
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Review by: tiffany on April 12, 2012 : (no rating)
Ms. Gardner has created a unique story that captured me within the first handful of pages. I wanted to figure out who was the killer and why. Bridget is a very like able and I thought acted much like a normal teenage. Yet Bridget is different and doesn't want anyone to find out. I would feel like the same way. I think everyone has moments when they fear rejection. I had mixed feelings about Terrence. I was like Rory, I had lots of questions about him. I found myself consumed by this story. I had to have answers. So, my laundry and dishes sat till I completed this story. When I finished I instantly wanted to read book two as this is going to be a series. But I was also happy to have my answers. My one complaint is the time frame. I wish it was a little clearer. Other than that I think this is a great story and quiet unique and I am sure with the next book Ms. Gardner writes will be even better. This is clean free from sex and only a handful of swear words
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Review by: Eyra Evans on March 25, 2012 : star star star star star
At first I thought this is going to be typical story but no! As I read on, the plot got much better and it intrigued me to read more till the last page! Now I can't wait to read thoughtless number 2!
I recommend this book to anyone! (Love Briget n Rory)
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Review by: Irene Jakes on March 06, 2012 : star star star star star
There's nothing Thoughtless about this book! (Yes, I went there.) From Chapter One's dead cheerleader to the final page's surprise ending, Jacqueline Gardner kept me reading late into the night. Her characters are engaging, her heroine is charmingly sassy, and her villains are so smoothly crafted I loved to hate them... once I figured out who they were. This was a really fun read, and I'm excited to see what Bridget Ferns gets herself into next!
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