Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Review: Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have by by Sarah Mlynowski

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 found this book an extremely funny read. Being only slightly older than the characters in the book, I sometimes found them relatable in certain situations, but in others I wanted to scream at them for being so stupid. It definitely tore my emotions apart!

The main character, April, ends up living alone with her close friend Vi, and they get up to all sorts of typically crazy teenage stuff: parties, drinking ,and spending money on things they really shouldn't have. 

I loved the personalities of the characters and the humour within the book, but personally I think there could of been a few more moments between April and Hudson. Overall it was a great read, and it certainly kept me giggling. 

I'd rate this book:
★★★

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