Release Date: June 7, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
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.
I think I honestly read this entire book peeking through my fingers! Oh but I loved every second of it. I giggled relentlessly and cringed often. Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) is the best contemporary I have read in ages! ‘Read all of Sarah Mlynowski’s books’ is now on my To Do List.
Ten Things We Did kicks off with a bang and the fun never stops after that. While the premise sounds like a parent-free teenage romp, this book also has some serious undertones. It was really the perfect balance. April has parental issues and boyfriend issues. Realistic, mature issues, not silly fluffy things. Some people might argue that the lying to your parents and living on your own element of the story wasn’t plausible, but I think Sarah Mlynowski pulled it off perfectly. It was completely believable. All the loose ends were tied when it came to making sure they weren’t caught.
April was a very well developed character! She wasn’t all “No parents!!! Yay!!!”. Maybe she was on the surface, but deep down she was lonely, unhappy, and hurt by her parents. I had a instant connection with her. She was very realistic and I kinda wanted to be her best friend. The secondary characters were fantastically done too. They were all fleshed out and not just fillers.
Ten Things We Did also deals is some very important teen topics, like sex and the consequences. That’s another thing that I loved about the book, Mlynowski doesn’t hold anything back just because it’s a YA. She tells it like it is, and that’s what teens want to read about. I loved this book at 24 but I would have LOVED it at 15.
If you read one contemporary this Spring make it Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have). You will not regret it. Not only is it smart and humorous, it’s thoughtful and incredibly well written! Go read it now!