Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)
by Sarah Mlynowski
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Source: Purchased from Amazon
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.
- Summary taken from Amazon.com
This book was So. Much. Fun. The story jumped back and forth between the past and present, which I always love. The situations in the story are sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, but always AUTHENTIC. Ms. Mylnowski does not shy away from real teen issues, such as drugs and sex. Her dialogue and characterizations were spot on.
I loved April as a main character. She was quirky, down to earth, and made mistakes that many teens (and adults) will be able to resonate with. Even though April went through many "uh oh" moments while living with Vi (overflowed the dishwasher, bought a hot tub she couldn't afford, froze her car battery), she grew as a character and learned that being an adult is not always as awesome as it may seem.
Read this book. I guarantee that it will put a smile on your face. It certainly put one on mine.
Wide Awake! - This book is going on my "Favorites" shelf