Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski
June 7, 2011, HarperTeen
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Such a fun book! I love that the basis of the story is based on reality, but I especially LOVE how Sarah Mlynowski has created this so-unbelievable-that-it-must-be-real scenario. I also love that the book is laid out according to the ten things. And the ten things are just awesome!
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.
Really, what 16-year-old wouldn't want the chance to live at a friend's house with no parental supervision? Living like a grown-up--with the real grown-ups paying the bills? Yeah, I wouldn't mind that. Even now, when I AM a grown-up, I would LOVE that.
Sarah Mlynowksi does an incredible job of creating realistic characters, all perfectly flawed. I love that new relationships are explored as a result of April's living arrangement, and that everyone (well, almost everyone) has changed by the end of the novel, again as a direct result of her living arrangement. The whole "will Dad find out the secret?" drives this novel, and readers will not be able to read fast enough. Can she pull this off? HOW can she pull this off? It's just absolute fun, and contemporary fans will devour this novel!
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