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30 June 2011

Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn't have)

I was so excited to win a copy of Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski via @HarperTeen on Twitter.  To enter, you had to post a thing you did, but probably shouldn't have.  I posted about the lunch I had, but probably shouldn't have: a sandwich from wendy's, fries, another sandwich, chips, popcorn and bridal shower cake.  Oh yes, I did.  And I so shouldn't have.

Ten Things We Did (or from now on TTWD) is definitely a lot juicier than my thing I shouldn't have (drinking, boys, sex, hottubbing), waaay more exciting than my lunch!

Anyway, here is the 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. 

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 really enjoyed TTWD.  I found it to be a quick read.  I liked April and Vi (though, I think the fight at the end between the two was resolved way to quickly).  I felt April's joy over being with Noah, but I also felt her confusion at her growing attraction and closeness to Hudson.  And I totally called (in my own head, of course) the final thing that happened between April and Noah (but I'm not going to tell you what it is!)

The only 2 times where I was skeptical of the whole thing was when April and Vi were trying to convince April's dad to let her move in (I'm sorry, but my parents would have insisted on meeting with the adult in charge) and when April's dad told her that they were getting her an apartment for the next year.  I just thought that whole thing was unrealistic.  Other than that, I was fine.

All in all, a very enjoyable book.  Thanks to @HarperTeen for sending it to me!

1 comment:

  1. So looking forward to reading this! I know I am going to LOVE it!


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