Title: Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have)
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Genre: YA comtemporary
Source: Purchased and won (signed copy!)
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.
When it comes to fun reading, I have my go-to authors. I have heard many good things about Sarah Mlynowski and this book in particular has been on my TBR list for a LONG time. I had actually bought an ecopy of the book and THEN I won a copy of the paperback. When I received a SIGNED copy, I knew I had to read it sooner rather than later.
Although this book was a bit over the top, it definitely was a good read. Perfect for those days when you just want to read something light and not have to think. I really liked how the chapters were broken up, with each chapter being one of those “and probably shouldn’t have” things.
Sarah does know how to write a book that grabs her readers’ interest — I was hooked from the first page! April and Vi got into MANY shenanigans, some that were tame and some that seemed extremely far-fetched, but there was also friendship, romance, and family mixed into the story, which was nice. It wasn’t completely a book that seemed like a little too much.
I do love parents that are present in YA books (too many times you wonder where the heck they are), so it was nice to see that the reason this book takes place is because of the parents, BUT I felt like April’s parents were just a little too trusting of what was going on. Maybe it’s just because I know MOST parents wouldn’t be so la-di-da about the whole situation.
I do hope to read more of Sarah’s books in the future. I think they would make great summer reads!