Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Review: Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)

Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)10 Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)
By Sarah Mlynowski
Publisher/Date: Harperteen/ June 7, 2011

Summary: 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.

Review: Even since Bra's and Broomstick's I have been a fan of Sarah Mlynowki's books. She has this fun and addicting way of writing. Ten Things We Did was no exception yet it was very different then the Magic in Manhattan Series. You won't find any broomsticks or witches in this novel but you will find a house that two teenage girls are living in my themselves.  No parents to be found. A teenagers dream! 

Each and every character was realistic. April narrative was so much fun to read because I could relate to her. I think most teens will be able to too. She has flaws just like any other normal person. Then there was the supporting cast who all had their own little part of the story. As the book went on you learned to much about them all, especially Vi, Hudson, Dean and Marissa. Without the supporting characters there wouldn't have been a story, all there different personalities came together sometimes clashing and others falling for each other. 

With the fun, witty plot and excellent characters Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) made an insanely amazing book. Once I started reading (the day after I received it) I couldn't put it down. I sat outside in the summer sun and read all day. I got so lost inside the book I didn't even think about what time it was. It's more then just a summer romance novel, it also touches some serious topics. This is a book any teenage girl will love and should read. 

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