A quick and fun read!
They shouldn’t have skipped school, they shouldn’t have brought a hot tub and they certainly shouldn’t have live on their own, concocting an elaborate scheme to keep their parents in the dark.
In Sarah Mlynowski’s Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have), April is placed in a situation that most teens (if not all) would find exciting. She convinced her father to allow her to live with one of her best friends instead of relocating to Cleveland. Though a string of fake emails and phone calls, her father is convinced that Vi’s mom is OK with the arrangement – which she is – but what he doesn’t know is that Vi’s mom will be away, leaving both girls to live on their own.
What follows is a fast paced adventure with both girls trying to keep their parents in the dark while keeping up with school and life in general. Thrust into adulthood, having to take care of their own needs, each girl is pushed into responsibility that they didn’t quite expect and they handled it in a very realistic fashion. I loved this about the story. Their world wasn’t perfect and their reaction wasn’t necessarily perfect either.
With great character development, Ten Things left me sympathizing with April and crossing my fingers, hoping that the adults won’t realize what’s going on. There is something about Sarah’s writing that drew me in as a reader, holding my attention until the very last sentence. I found the ending to be a little too perfect, but I was satisfied with the growth of both Vi and April and that was good enough for me.
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