Saturday, September 3, 2011

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

Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen

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. - Goodreads.com

This was one of those stories that was just plain fun!  I became a fan of Sarah Mlynowski with this book because it reminded me of high school in such an authentic way.  I would have made the exact same choices April made, made the same mistakes, fell for the same guy issues, and probably would have also taken the opportunity to lie to my parents so I could stay in a house alone with a friend for the summer.  Hate to admit it, but it's a fact.

But while April did break many rules... her experiences living alone probably grew her up more quickly than if she hadn't had them.  Although it can be fun and games to live alone with your best friend, sans parents, it's also probably a pretty quick way to learn how to take care of yourself, the bills, and the groceries.  You have to... because otherwise no one else will.  So yeah, she broke a lot of rules, but she learned a lot of important life lessons too.  Would I kick her ass if she was my daughter?  Of course I would!! :-)

Her relationship with her friend grew stronger, and her taste in guys changed.  She learned a lot about what makes a good guy and what doesn't.  And may I just say that the guy she ends up with was exactly who I would have picked too.  I kept waiting for "the moment" (if you've read the book, you know which one I mean) and it didn't disappoint.  I loved this guy.  And the two of them together were magical, sexy, and meant to be.  Sarah Mlynowski created great tension between these two that just continued to build throughout the story.  I can't wait to get my hands on another one of her books!!

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