Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn’t have) by Sarah Mlynowski

This was a total teen/chick book.  I’m not really into this genre and I really didn’t like it.  Maybe it’s because I was raised differently than these kids were…aka: old fashioned.  But the whole book seemed to center around April and her boyfriend Noah and them losing their virginity along with her friends and their sexual encounters. Am I really being a wet blanket on this?

Title: Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn’t have)

Author:  Sarah Mylnowski

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 take:

It all starts when April finds out from her dad that he’s decided to take a more high paying job and that they would be moving out of state, mid-semester of her senior year in high school.  She totally freaks out. Which that’s believable…what senior would WANT to leave during their senior year leaving best friends and a boyfriend behind?  She convinces her dad to let her stay at a friends house, and thus begins the story.

So like I mentioned above…this book centered a lot around April and her boyfriend losing their virginity as well as her friends sleeping with their significant others or doing “it” just so they won’t end up in college as a virgin.  Stupidest reason ever.  I’m sure there are plenty of kids out there with this mind set, but I just couldn’t read it without wanting to yell at these kids!  Plus, the author even acknowledges that the mom knows her 16 yr old is about to have sex and is upset….because the girl didn’t call her to have “girl talk” before it…mom wasn’t mad at all that her 16 yr old was having sex?!

There were some funny moments, some moments I was completely appalled by the  things these girls did, and some moments that completely reminded me of my teen years.  My dad had almost taken a job out of state during my jr year of high school and freaked me out.  I didn’t absolutely hate this book…but I probably wouldn’t read it again.


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