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Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) Review


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.
“How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck chlamydia?” 


Ten Things I Wrote (and Definitely Should Have)

1. Absolute favorite quote (above) sums up this novel perfectly. HILARIOUS! I can't tell you the amount of times I cackled in public. I'm pretty sure the pedestrians on public transportation could tell you. 

2. After much thought, I've created the perfect rating for  Ten Things We Did. This book is H for hormonal. Each scene leeks with teenage angst and hormones, from your averagely insane house party to a late night trip to the hospital. 

3. Any novel about teen freedom is whimsical. With no adult in the household, its inevitable that the characters will make decisions spur of the moment and based on silly ideas. How else do you explain buying a hot tub, skipping school, and harboring a fugitive?

4. While this depiction of teenage indulgence is comical, I would never want April's life. She's sneaky but, more importantly... lonely. I know you're asking, how can you be lonely with this many people around? Sometimes you surround yourself with crowds to fill a void. I do feel sorry for the sharp turn her life took. What matters is how one change can alter your life in a good  way. 

5. Getting over April's boyfriend is surprisingly easy. So easy, I didn't even have to mention his name. He appears to be as perfect as a family portrait over the fireplace. Yet, we all know there are cracks in the  paint. He swiftly turned into a monster boyfriend. The other two guys, on the other hand, are flawed but, sweet and silly. They are there for the girls. One guy in particular is the friend you wish would always "mysteriously" stop by for any reason (even sugar.) 
6.The plot flow of Ten Things We Did is quite unique. The novels begins at the end and works its way back around. Miss Mlynowski did a commendable job creating suspense and intrigue. Don't worry the journey last for more than ten chapters. 

7. I devoted this week's song for my favorite aspect of this book, the budding couples. Both April and her guy and Vi and hers are cuter than kittens posing in tiny shoes. I like to dream that he's the guy on the cover which make this perfect, the song and the cover. I Wanna by the All American Rejects. Give it a whirl!!

8. What have I learned from reading this novel: Get a hot tub, a crazy friend, a guy who will buy me a kitty, and a boyfriend who doesn't fool around!

9. While I thoroughly enjoyed this book, there were parts that didn't stick to me. They flew right over my head. I'll have to reread it one day to grasp them again. 

10. I am granting Ten Things an Alexander Skarsgard. Four stars for a novel funny enough to embarrass my self in public. That rarely happens. Actually, it happens all the time. But, for the sake of the review it doesn't. Hope you enjoyed. Follow us and explore around. 


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