12 September 2012

REVIEW: Ten Things We Shouldn't Have Done by Sarah Mlynowski

Ten Things We Shouldn't Have Done by Sarah Mlynowski
Series: No
Publisher: Orchard
Publication Date: August 1st 2011
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.

This book was absolutely hilarious! Staying with your best friend without any parents? Sound amazing! Vi and April were amazing characters. Vi really helped April become more confident and realise what she really wanted.

The parties and most of the stuff they got up to was just insane and completely hilarious! I liked April and Noah's relationship to start with and then when Hudson was introduced, I was really hoping she'd end up with him. 

There are a few serious issues in the book, like divorce, cheating and OCD, but they're dealt with in a way that doesn't make the book far too serious and it makes it a light, funny read.

Overall, Ten Things We Shouldn't Have Done is a hilarious story about two girls living on their own, dealing with boyfriends, the pressures of having sex and who to do it with and also having as much fun as you possibly can. A fun, light-hearted read.

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