March 16, 2013

Book Review: Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have)

Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)Title: Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have)
Author: Sarah Mlynowski.
Format: Hardback.
Pages: 368
Series: No.
Source: Purchased.
Publisher: Harperteen.


"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."


I'm actually a little confused about this cover. Before reading the story, it seemed to fit fine for the title and the synopsis, but after reading it, the cover doesn't really match at all. The girl is obviously the main character April, but who is the guy? Is it her boyfriend, is it "boyfriend" or Hudson?

My Thoughts:

Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) follows the story of April who's life does a 360 turn in just one semester. Finding out one morning that her dad and step mother were planning to move, due to the new job her dad was offered, April doesn't want to move with them, and knows she needs to find a way to stay.

Not wanting to leave behind her life (boyfriend, friends, and school) April is in a desperate search for a way to stay, which seems almost impossible, because her mom doesn't even live in the same country and her dad is selling their house. With no other ideas, April asks her friend, Vi, if she can crash with her for the semester. But what Aprils dad doesn't know is that Vi's mom is on tour and the girls will have the entire house to themselves, with absolutely no supervision.

Ten Things We Did And Probably Shouldn't Have is exactly that; the ten things April and Vi do throughout the semester, that they really shouldn't have. From buying a hot tub, to getting themselves birth control.

I had a lot of fun reading of April and the ten crazy things she did, which I would never have the guts to even think of doing. I think I would have freaked out and bailed the plan as soon as her dad was asked to speak to Vi's mom, so the two girls created fake emails, so both parents would've emailing the two of them, instead of each other.

While the story did have its fun side, where April and Vi bought a hot tub and skipped school together, there is also a whole different side, where Aprils boyfriend isn't faithful, and the cat April was gifted, is run over by a car.

Ten Things We Did is good for anyone who is looking for something a little lighter, maybe something for the summer, to read outside or at the beach. I promise it's going to make you laugh, and wish you were there with them!

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