Friday, July 29, 2011
Review: 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." ~ 10 Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)
I have to say, at first, I thought I was going to hate this book. I was a skeptic. A Debby Downer. I thought it was just another shallow teen book about a couple of irresponsible, selfish girls who couldn't figure out how to properly run a dishwasher and had never been grocery shopping or done their own laundry. BUT, well, I kept on reading, and I kinda-sorta fell in love with the characters. They're funny. And honest. Their shenanigans are unbelievable, and yet...you can almost see them happening to someone you know. The relationships are dramatic and intense, and yeah, it's the kind of book that, though I didn't think I would, I would now have to recommend. Sure, I may not want to go out to lunch with these girls, but I certainly did enjoy reading about them.