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Book Review: 10 Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski


coverTen Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski
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Release Date: June 7th 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Goodreads description:2 girls + 3 guys + 1 house – parents = 10 things April and her friends did that they (definitely, maybe, probably) shouldn’t have.

If given the opportunity, what sixteen-year-old wouldn’t jump at the chance to move in with a friend and live parent-free? Although maybe “opportunity” isn’t the right word, since April had to tell her dad a tiny little untruth to make it happen (see #1: “Lied to Our Parents”). But she and her housemate Vi are totally responsible and able to take care of themselves. How they ended up “Skipping School” (#3), “Throwing a Crazy Party” (#8), “Buying a Hot Tub” (#4), and, um, “Harboring a Fugitive” (#7) at all is kind of a mystery to them.

In this hilarious and bittersweet tale, Sarah Mlynowski mines the heart and mind of a girl on her own for the first time. To get through the year, April will have to juggle a love triangle, learn to do her own laundry, and accept that her carefully constructed world just might be falling apart . . . one thing-she-shouldn’t-have-done at a time.

April is sixteen and in the winter break of her junior year when her dad tells her that they’re moving in nine days, forcing her to finish high school somewhere else. Having close friends and a boyfriend she’s in love with, this is upsetting news. So she fumbles for a plan–any plan. And that plan is moving in with her friend Vi. Vi’s mom has a never-there job, but that’s no big deal: they lie.With no supervision, April and Vi are guilty of typical teen antics and end up facing various states of chaos.  They have boys over, they drink, throw parties. They buy crazy things and get a kitten. They have to cope with the everyday challenges of being in charge of a household, while dealing with high school and regular teen issues.

April is on her own for the first time and learns that it isn’t always as awesome as expected. Add in friend drama, and overeager boyfriend turned reluctant, and a crush on a mysterious guy friend, and things can get pretty confusing. She also has family issues to deal with. For instance, the challenge of staying close with her mom in Paris and keeping her dad in the dark about her living situation.

This book was nice and light with some angst and awkward thrown in.  I don’t expect every book to be completely realistic, but for someone as strict as April’s dad, I don’t understand how he let his daughter move in with someone without a face to face sit down. That part was pretty hard to believe. But I do think that it dealt with some teen issues really well though. It was enjoyable and I’d gladly read anything else Mlynowski writes. Plus it was a quick read, so I’d encourage anyone to give it a shot!

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