The Compulsive Reader: Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn't have) by Sarah Mlynowski

Thursday, July 7, 2011

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

When her father and step-mother announce that they're moving to Ohio, April is adamant about staying in her Connecticut hometown. But with her mom already living in Paris, she really doesn't have many housing options. So she concocts an impossible, crazy plan with her friend Vi, and two fake email addresses and a few dozen lies to their parents later, the girls have their own house, a sweet monthly allowance, and complete freedom. But getting through the semester without their parents finding out about the deception might prove to be harder than the girls initially thought, especially when they're so busy with their boyfriends (and boys who aren't their boyfriends), buying a hot tub, avoiding the nosy daughter of their high school counselor, and generally just doing things they probably shouldn’t.

Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn't have) is a hilarious, crazy, and utterly absorbing book about freedom, fun, love, and growing up. April is a quirky and smart narrator who is a little naive, but very realistic; her enthusiasm for life and excitement for freedom is contagious, and her ups and downs of a life without parents is entertaining and endearing. The girls can get a little crazy when it comes to partying and even going so far as to buying a hot tub, and they have plenty of boy drama, but anyone who has ever struck out on their own will find humor in this story as April must learn how to do laundry, go grocery shopping, and adapt to the responsibilities that come with the freedom she desires. While this book is a lot of fun, it's not without its more serious moments as April struggles with feelings of resentment towards her mother for her parents' divorce and deals with some unforeseen consequences of her relationship with her boyfriend, Noah. Mlynowksi has created a world that many teens would love to live in, with lots of laughs and plenty of delicious boy drama, but at the same time deals with those ever-present family issues no one can hide from. All in all, Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn't have) is a humorous and smart read about growing up and figuring out life, one crazy mistake at a time.

Cover Comments: I really like the colors and the font used on this cover. It's fresh and simple, but effective, and it leaves room for the couple on the cover to be the main focus. I like how they're close, but not kissing. This is a really good cover, and I like it a lot!

ARC provided by publisher.


Kapri (Book Fanatics) said...

Oh, I can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the review!

Jules said...

I've read a lot of good things about this book, it is definitely one that I want to read.

Great review

Mary @ BookSwarm said...

I've heard really good things about this one -- I love that it's funny! Thanks for the review. I think I'll have to check it out!
Happy reading,
Mary @ Book Swarm

Melissa Walker said...

Can't wait to read this one! I love Sarah M's writing and the premise is total FUN.

alshia delores moyez said...

Ooooh, I LOVE the cover for this! So sweet & sexy!