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.
Sometimes a real-life conversation (via text message) speaks best:
Jen from Makeshift Bookmark: Nine pages into Ten Things We Did and OMG love this author already.
Me: I KNOW!!! It’s so real — like how we talk.
Jen: I KNOW. for example: “they were throwing massive information bombs at me. Cleveland! New job! Place mat!” I loled
Me: Yes everything is written like a girl would really think!!!
Jen: I think I need to buy everything she’s ever written
Me: Hahahahahahahaaaaa my reaction exactly! This is why I need you in my life
Jen: I love that April is so entertainingly dramatic about everything. She’s so us.
Me: Everything is all or nothing!
Jen: And everything is the end of the world, pretty much.
Me: Basically YES
Jen: Seriously. I’m done gushing now.
[Sends text picture of a passage]
Jen: BAHAHAHHA. OMG why have I not already entered an all-consuming love affair with this book? I feel like I’ve wasted the last week of my life by waiting to read this.
Me: I waited a month!!! I’m like WTF is wrong w me
So, to get serious: Jen and I both clearly loved this book.
It deals with a lot of serious teen issues, which I know could come off as preachy to some. But it was “ballsy,” as Jen put it, for the author take some of this stuff on and to do so a fun, lighthearted way. She was, miraculously, able to present some pretty hard and shocking stuff in a laugh-out-loud manner using a very true-to-life teen voice.
I couldn’t put it down. No, really it went everywhere with me this week:
Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have) joins my list of HIGHLY recommended reading — books that I feel really GET the high school experience:
Jen and I both want to read more from Sarah Mlynowski, and now is your chance to do the same with this giveaway of two of her books: How to Be Bad (co-written with Lauren Myracle and E. Lockhart) and Frogs & French Kisses. I hope you enjoy her writing as much as I did!
Many thanks to HarperTeen for my review copy of this book.