Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Can You Imagine?

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

Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski is a hot YA read and I had to read to find out what the buzz was all about. The title and the cover are both intriguing; from the beginning you can tell this is going to be a bit racy. The book does list 10 major ‘mistakes’ the main characters make and uses these as chapter headings. The book also spends a lot of time going back and forth using flashbacks to set the stage for various scenes. At times this was a bit distracting. Due to the content of the book I would rate it for older YA readers.

April is a high school teen with a steady boyfriend who so is totally in love with. She is ready to take things to the next level, but her family decides to move quicker than she can and relocates several states away. Somehow, (and by somehow I mean by lying, cheating, and breaking some laws) April and her friend Vi convince her father that April should be allowed to stay behind, on her own, living with Vi and her very absentee mother. That’s right, April and Vi are a junior and senior in high school with a house, an endless supply of both money and alcohol, and zero parental supervision. Can you imagine?

Everything you can imagine does happen in the book, including … everything. I really did think the concept of the book, albeit a little farfetched, was cute, but for me at least, a little too over the top. Between the drinking, bad boys, lying, and irresponsibility, it just wasn’t a fun read for me. There were times the book was a nice, fun read and some of the characters were good to get to know, but if teens read this book and find it realistic, I am not convinced. Overall I liked the style of the writing, I think the set up was unique, but I couldn’t get past the flat characters that only had one thing on their minds. If you are a older YA reader looking for a book that is exciting, easy to read, and a bit unrealistic at times, you might want to give this one a try.

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