Monday, April 1, 2013

Book Review #296 - Ten Things We Shouldn't Have Done by Sarah Mlynowski

Ten Things We Shouldn't Have Done

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.

My Rating: 3.5/5

The premise for this book was really unrealistic but it wouldn't have worked any other way.

I didn't like April as a protagonist. I thought she was weak and easily manipulated by Vi. I didn't like Noah either and I am not sure why, but I found I disliked him more and more as the story progressed.

Even though I am more of a dog person, I really liked Donut the cat although at times I had no idea what she added to the story.

I did find this book really funny and easy to read even though it didn't have proper chapters which I prefer. It was a very quirky and interesting read.

1 comment:

  1. I could not buy into the premise at all but I still had a lot of fun reading this book and I liked that it went a little deeper on some issues than I was expecting.