Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski
New York, NY: HarperTeen, 2011
357 pages (ebook)
4 out 5
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. -- Description from Amazon.
Every teen's dream is to have freedom while still in high school. I had a taste of this myself and it was way cooler then than it is now, primarily because someone else was paying the bills.
April and Vi work out the perfect plan to be roomies! after April's father and step-mother opt to move to another state. April cannot stand the thought of being torn away from her school, her friends, and most importantly, her boyfriend Noah.
This is definitely an "I learned my lesson--kind of" book. I know I couldn't have pulled something like that off, but April and Vi manage to work it out. And the way to go about it, it's awfully fun to do "bad" things. Well...most bad things.
Full disclosure: I purchased the ebook of this title for my own reading enjoyment.