Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski
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.Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) is a hilarious tale about what happens when two high school girls decide to live on their own, lying to their parents every step of the way.
I loved April's voice. Seriously, if someone were to write a book about me, that is what the voice in my head would sound like - crazy and slightly hysterical. The other characters in the story were all special to me as well (even crazy Lucy - I loved that creepy stalker!). My favourite though had to be Hudson. Really, he had it all going for him - mysterious, funny and trusting. I just wish we could have seen more of him!
The things that April and Vi (her housemate) get into are mostly outrageous. Sometimes it's not realistic, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the book touched on some more serious topics while still maintaining its good humour.
Another thing that I enjoyed was the style of Sarah's writing. Within each chapter (complete with hilarious chapter titles!) the story jumped from past to present randomly but in a way that was never confusing or odd for me. It was easy to follow along and I liked the easy, carefree pace.
A perfect summer read!
Cover Comments: Not my favourite. I just generally don't like covers like this. I love the colour scheme though! The back of the book is great, too :)