Tuesday, January 31, 2012

ten things we did (and probably shouldn't have)- Review

Ten Things We Did by Sarah Mlynowski

Goodreads Description
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.

My Thoughts
I thought this book was cute, smart, fun and most importantly hilarious. On more than one occasion I actually laughed out loud a true indicator to the book’s hilarity.  I really can’t say how much I loved this book.
I thought that April and Vi’s plan to trick their parents was genius. I also loved that Mlynowski includes samples of the emails throughout the book. They definitely added to the story.
April was a fun character to watch develop. In the beginning she thought she knew exactly what she wanted, only to learn at the end that what she thought she wanted wasn’t what she wanted at all. The fun part, of course, was seeing April discover this. The truth is sometimes we really do have to fall on our face to be able to see what we always wanted. This is true with April.
April thinks that living with Vi is a dream come true, which it is in a way. I’m sure looking back April wouldn’t regret making that decision and would understand that everything that happened to her brought her to the point she needed to be. However, that’s not to say that everything she went through was easy. She learned the hard way that people aren’t always who we think they are and even the best of friends have differences and make mistakes.
My other favorite character was Hudson. He was so sweet and always willing to help April. One of my favorite parts of the book was when Hudson helps April out (I won’t tell you with what) when Noah wouldn’t. Then Noah has the nerve to get mad about it! (Can you say jerk?!)
Noah was by far my least favorite character. The things he did got on my nerves. He just acted like a total jerk throughout most of the book and all April could talk about was on sweet he was. I just didn’t see it.
Overall, this book is a fun, lighthearted read that will have you laughing your butt off while in the same breath teaching readers valuable life lessons. A definite must read!

Grade: A


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