Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Pages: 368 pgs, Harcover
Pub. Date: June 7, 2011
"Dad? Um, listen. I have kind of a crazy story for you...."
― Sarah Mlynowski, Ten Things We Did
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.
So Hit or Miss
Before I talk about how much an enjoyable book this was. I want to talk about what an important book this is for teenagers.
Unlike some, I am a full support of sex and sexual situations in Y.A. books, or any books really. There are a lot of teens out there who could learn a lot from this book. There are numerous young adults who still do not practice safe sexual practices for the sheer fact that like April. They don't think about consequences. This book told a story that I think teens should be exposed too.
That aside this was a really fun and enjoyable read. I also love the moral lessons through out the book. Although she had a lot of fun she did a lot of bad things. But, she learned from her mistakes and even confesses... abet much later.
I like how April finds herself throughout this novel. She is growing in front of our eyes. Her roommate Vi, is a very captivating character just because of her personality. Though wild she is also very responsible (that is mostly because she grew up having to be the responsible one.).
I hate Noah... that's all I can say without spoiling the book.
Male characters were hot in abundance. Actually all the character interactions were well written and entertaining.
I also love how the dynamics of relationships are played in this story. (don't want to spoil)
Moving on, Here are ten reasons you should read this!
- Hot tub time
- Fake emails to parents
- No party here officer
- Male Body Competition
- Drunkenness in the form of mermaids
- Yes Hun, here's $1000 a month
- No parent's house of madness!
- Hot guys
- What Dad? You'll be here in 15 minutes?!!!
- It's a HIT in my books