Jul 6, 2012

Review: Ten Things We Did by Sarah Mlynowski

4 yummy oatmeal sandwich cookies.

Cover Love:  Actually, I do like the cover.  Plus I think young teen girls would be very attracted to it.

Why I Wanted to Read This:
I love contemporary teen romances!  And this one sounded more fun than most.
Here's they synopsis from GoodReads:

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.
I Kept Reading Because: 
It was fun, I loved April and wanted to see how all this worked out.

Romance?: Yes!

What I Liked:
I really liked April.  I think what she did was super sneaky, but I can see why she did it.  I would've been a little pissed if my parents did what her dad did that started everything off.  He just sprung a move to Cleveland on her!  Things never spiraled too badly out of control, and I was always rooting for April to get away with everything.  Truly!  It was amazing that she was able to keep it hidden as long as she was.  

I liked Noah on and off during the book.  Noah & April's romance seemed like a pretty typical high school romance.  I adored Hudson!  He was awesome and was glad he was in April's life during her very crazy time.

Even though the girls, April and Vi are in high school, the things they experienced are pretty typical of kids going off to college and getting their first taste of freedom.  They do stupid things and make mistakes but they mostly learn from them.  April and Vi learned and grew.  This experience made them both better people in the long run!

To Sum Up:  Fun, enjoyable read with a good romance.  I will be getting this for my library!

eBook bought from Barnes & Noble.

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