Monday, March 19, 2012

Review: Ten Things We Did by Sarah Mlynowski

Title: Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have)
Author: Sarah Mlynowski 
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Library 
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.
Review: While I wasn't as impressed with Gimme a Call, my first book by Sarah Milnowski, Ten Things We Did (But Probably Shouldn't Have) blew me away. Ten Things We Did is a cute book that made me laugh and while it was really light hearted, there were deeper themes intwined between the funny dialogue.

I LOVED April and Vi and Marissa and pretty much all the characters from this book. While yes, I didn't like Noah for specific reasons, the cast of characters that Sarah mil introduces have their bright sides but they're flawed too. Their flaws mades them incredibly realistic and easy to relate to. I could imagine April and Vi to be teens at my high school and a lot of times, I could easily compare them to my friends and I.

I will admit, the plot wasn't as realistic as I would have thought. I'm not sure this would ever happen but it was fun to read about it none the less! The plot dealt with tough issue like sex, STDs, family issues and more. The writing was flawless too and it all flowed very well. I did like that Sarah Mlynowski was able to make all of her characters sound like teenagers! None of it seemed forced or stupid or weird.

Overall,Ten Things We Did was an extremely cute, funny, quick read that dealt with realistic issues in a lighthearted, not in-your-face way. Sarah Mlynowski delivers an excellent read and I can't wait to read more by her!

Overall: 4.5/5
Cover Comments: 3/5—It's cute and while it goes well with the book, I'm not the biggest fan of it. I think they could have done something more sophisticated for it.


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