Friday, December 23, 2011

Ten Things We Did ~ Sarah Mlynowski (arc) review

here is my third broken-computers-that-eat-reviews-are-mean catch-up review:

Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)
Harper Teen
June 7, 2011
368 pages
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2 girls + 3 guys + 1 house – parents = 10 things April and her friends did that they (definitely, maybe, probably) shouldn't have.
When April finds out her Dad and step-mom are moving, she does not want to go. While a lot of teens would also feel that way, not a lot of teens would - successfully - find a way to stay behind sans parents.

With some finagling of the truth and clever emailing, April works out a way to stay in her hometown, with her boyfriend and her friends and live, unsupervised, with her friend Vi for the rest of the school year.

Of course, with two teenagers living alone, trouble most definitely ensues.

Ten Things We Did is one of those novels that once you pick it up, you really just cannot put it down. It is enormously fun to read. It seems like it's just going to be a goofy, crazy book about two girls that get up to a bunch of shenanigans because they have no parents to tell them not to, but there's more to it than that.

They do, absolutely, get up to some really, really crazy stuff. Things that I really don't think some people ever would dream of doing . . . Yet, you either seem to find said things to be amazing ideas (and kind of wish you could do/get away with them) or if you still think they're absurdly insane, you still find the characters doing it to be fun.   Things in Ten Things don't get so crazy that people can't connect with the characters.

Ten Things We Did has heart, though. underneath all the wacky adventures, there are real relationship between the characters. There's something real between April and Vi - as lighthearted as the story is at times. And between the girls and their parents, as well.

All of this on top of the incredibly crush-worthy boys in this book. They, alone, are enough to for you to say thank you for the lack of parental supervision - without it, they would probably have been around a lot less. And they would have been missed.

This book is absolutely worth a read - and with the ebook currently on such a deal, why not buy it? For yourself, for someone else, for yourself and someone else?


On a random-ish note, the girl on the cover makes me think of Minka Kelly (in her Lyla Garrity FNL days) . . . and makes me want to watch Friday Night Lights!

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