Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) 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.

Published June 7th 2011 by HarperTeen

Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah) 
Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah) 

Fun, fun, fun, fun 



So now on to the book? 

Well the blurb pretty much sums it up! 

The book makes me wanna 

1)move into my own apartment 
2)sip on a bucketful of ALCOHOL!! 
3) Slip into those pretty tiny shiny clothes. 
5) And PARTYYY!! 

And then very slowly and in the same tone the book also made me want to be responsible.

Also, the way romance was handled in this book made me wanna go KISS the author! 
I mean THANK GOD there is a book out there telling us teens ( I am 19..Still a teen right!? Look Nine-“teen”) THE BRUTAL TRUTH in a completely hilarious way. Such an honest take on teenage love! 

Packed into this seemingly innocent book are tons of invaluable life lessons. It captures perfectly through the voice of the protagonist the teenage feelings of wanting to grow-up and yet not wanting it at the same time? I am making sense here!? It’s like we want to spread our wings and fly but we also want to make sure someone is out there still watching out for us! Hard to explain. JUST GO READ THE BOOK! 

This book goes kind of like these lyrics by a certain band I am never very fond of but Geez CAN ONE PARTY TO THAT SONG! 
“Tonight's the night 
Let's live it up 
I got my money 
Let's spend it up 
Go out and smash it 
Like Oh My God 
Jump off that sofa 
Let's get get OFF “ 

This is a book without any decorations and jazz. It’s plain, simple, crisp, blunt and OMFG wonderful! 
Light and funny with believable characters and a scarily realistic plot this is a must read for all teens!

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  1. This book sounds like fun! xD
    I'd normally stay out of this type of books, it just doesn't call my attention enough, but someday I'll want to read one and I think this might be the one to start with!
    And I do love BEP :P
    Aaaaaand 19.... you are in the PERFECT age! :D
    What's my age again?
    19, of course! :D:D:D

    Great review!!


  2. Thanks for this great review!
    I was thinking about buying this book, cause the cover loves great, I like the idea and I've read some books by Sarah Mlynowski before, so I know how funny style of writing she has.
    So looking forward to read this:)

  3. I've been DYING to get my hands on this book! Not only do I love the cover, but it sounds like a simply fantastic book! Plus anything that gives me an excuse to whip out the alcohol and go hot tubing is worth my time! :) Thanks for the review!

  4. Completely agree with you on this book giving you brutal honesty about some taboos but doing it in a funny and light way.

    I really liked this one too!

  5. So glad you loved this book, since it's been on the top of my TBR list forever. I love the cover, I'm glad this book is honest and realistic, and the fact that the characters are just brilliantly written is only icing on the cake. I couldn't wait to read this one before, but now I REALLY am dying to read it. Thanks so much for this review!

  6. I've been debating whether I should grab this book or not. The cover is great but I can't handle too much sex in my books, so the title makes it an iffy choice. But your review made me want to read it.
    I have heard that the writing is great.
    I think I just might pick it up.

  7. I have this one on hold at the library I want to read it SO bad!!!! Great review!!

  8. i have this on my TBR. My sister and i sort of have a set monthly TBR and we chose this one. It looks like TONS of fun from the synopsis and i guess you found it that! oh why cant we all move into our own apartments and let loose huh? good review! can tell the book made you happy!

  9. U know ive been meaning to read this book because i absolutely LOVE books with such cute covers! even though the say dont judge a book by the cover! LOL you sound like you enjoyed this book very muchhh! make me wanna go read it nowww

  10. Loved your review, it makes me want to read it and guess what! I have! :) I really enjoyed it when I read it a few months back. I was so glad to hear she had a book coming out, cause so far all the books I've read of her's have been aewsome.


  11. Wow, your enthusiasm is infectious. This is another book that I never even considered reading until reading your review. Looks like another one for my to-read pile!

    Donna @ The Happy Booker

  12. Great review! I could certainly use a book like this right now. I can completely relate to the teenage feeling of wanting to spread your wings but also wanting someone to be there to catch you in case you fall. Although, I'm not sure whether I exactly count as a teenager....

    Sarah @ Random Thoughts of A Confused Adolescent

  13. I like contemporary YA fiction, so i'm definitely gonna check this book out! =)


  14. I really enjoyed this book too, although I think you liked it a tad more than I did. :) I also liked the idea that April's choices had real consequences, but man she sure did get to have some fun!



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