Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have), by Sarah Mlynowski
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Chick-lit
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Goodreads Summary: "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, "Harbouring 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."
10 THINGS I LOVED ABOUT THIS NOVEL:
1. The whole YOLO message going on: Sarah Mlynowski definitely created a perfect teen novel that teaches us that we have to live life even though we might have a lot of regrets. You will learn from your regrets and they'll make you a better person.
2. The HAHA-humour: Okay, I really didn't L O L, but it was so hilarious in my head. It was absolutely adorable and through all of the mistakes that April made (Haha, 10 of them,) she still made a joke of it and wasn't one of those super-upset characters. Readers will love her.
3. The plot twist: You will be shocked once you find out what happens because you never expect this mainly because a. You don't see it coming, and b. The summary doesn't note it at all.
4. The fast-paced plot: There were so many wild events going on while the plot moved so fast. I <3 the plot and was barely bored.
5. NOAH: I lovedddddddd Noah and April together! He loved her so much, but you know, something happened. They were absolutely the perfect couple but Sarah Mlynowski made him stupid in the end and made me sad. :(
6. The connection teenagers have with this: It basically goes through all of the worst case scenarios that can happen in a teenager's life. Regrets are the most of them, and we can really relate to these situations, young or old because it happens to everyone.
7. It's bittersweetness: At one point you'll be like, whoa, this is such a rebel protagonist, and at other points, you'll be like, awwww. So it kind of sways between bitter and sweet but mixes perfectly.
8. FUN! This book was absolutely wild and fun. I was so obsessed with it and was one of the reasons why I loved it so much. You just feel like you're watching a cute teenager movie!
9. April: April was a fantastic character. I felt like I became BFFs with her by the end. She had so much potential in her from the beginning, and I was afraid that she wouldn't show it, but of course, my kick-ass best friend did. (:
10. Everything: It was so enjoyable and such a quick read. Sarah Mlynowski has never been better. (: