Title: Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have)
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: June 7th 2011
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.
It is every teenager’s fantasy to move in with a friend and live parent-free so when the opportunity knocked, April didn’t hesitate to answer the door. April thinks it’s all gonna be alright because she is totally capable of taking care of herself. But when things didn’t go as planned, she has to deal with her own grocery, impending doom of her love life, and constantly lying to her father.
The book was really fun to read. The plot is really interesting, it’s a bit cliche but still worth the read. My favorite characters are Vi and April. I like April because she’s very relatable and I feel a connection with her. Vi is gutsy and smart and confident. If Vi existed in real life, I think we’d instantly click. Her personality would greatly complement mine.
I find the book a little tame though. The title sends off the impression “We are the bad girls your mamma warned you about”. But it wasn’t what I expected it to be. The book was okay and I genuinely like it, it just didn’t meet my expectation based on my first impression of the title.
I knew when I read the blurb for Ten Things We Did that it would be a totally fun book. And it turns out I was right. I recommend this book to anyone of you who likes to read light and funny YA books.