Review of Ten Things We Shouldn't Have Done by Sarah Mlynowski

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.


TTWSHD was a roller coaster ride of emotions for me. Sometimes, I was like, Yeah! Party!, other times really peeved at Noah and one time very anxious about a donut. The story was really fun throughout and I read it really quickly.

Growing up is the main theme. You have April, who's trying to rebel against her family whilst bottling up her emotions after her Mother left for France, Vi, whose mother is hardly ever at home, Marissa, whose boyfriend lives in Boston and Lily, who's just weird. Really weird. And then there's Noah. And a couple fo other guys but I'd rather concentrate on Noah. Good Lord he annoyed me. Throughout the boom I could see exactly what he was and I just wanted to April to dump him and date someone more worthy of her time. He avoided seeing her most days, and then had the nerve to be jealous when she starting talking to another guy. Ergh.

What I didn't like about this book was the jumping. I got used to it aftera while but jumping backwards and forwards in time constantly gave me a headache. As I was reading the Kindle edition the headers for the new chapters and paragraphs were pretty large too which was... irritating!

4/5

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