Be careful what you are thinking, Kristi Carmichael can read minds... or can't she? Nothing is beyond Kristi Carmiachael's disdain-her hippy high shcool, her friend Jacob, her workaholic mum. Yet for all her attitude and her mind-reading abilities, Kristi has a vulnerable side. She can hear the thoughts of her fellow students, calling her fat and gross. She's hot for Gusty Peterson, one of the most popular guys in school but of course, she's sure he thinks she is disgusting. And she's still mad at her father who walked out on them two years ago. Soon, a school project brings her together with Gusty, her father comes home and drops a bombshell, and a friend comes out of the closet, and suddenly, she is left doubting that she can read people at all. Bittingly funny, but ultimately poignant and positive, this YA novel is completely on the mark.
This is a powerful book, which shows incredible, insight into the reason why young people wear masks; why what shows outside shields them from what's really happening on the inside. It's superbly crafted, filled with clever dialogue, unique characters, humor, anger and truth. - Good Reading
The author delights in twisting and turnign the plot before happiness ever-after reigns. - Canberra times
If you ever thought reading people's minds would make it easier to understand them, Amy Kathleen Ryan is here to tell you that you're dead wrong. Funny, fresh and heartfelt, VIBES zigs when you expect it to zag, and will have you both laughing out loud and rooting for Kristi to discover the truth about her parents, her friends, and herself. - Barry Lyga, author of 'Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl'
Teens who walk their school's halls just knowing that everyone is thinking about them will be entertained by Kristi's prickly demeanor and empathize with her image issues. - Booklist (USA)
Funny, fresh, and heartfelt - Barry Lyga
I totally fell in love with this book. - School Library Journal (USA)
Snappy dialogue and ultimately happy ending - Kirkus Reviews (USA)