Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Review: Ten Things We Shouldn't Have Done by Sarah Mlynowski
Released: August 4th, 2011
Grade rating: B+
April and her best friend, Vi, are living by themselves. Of course, April's parents don't know that. They think she's living with Vi and Vi's mum. But it's not April's fault that her dad decided to move away in the middle of high school. So who could blame her for a little white lie? Or the other nine things that April (probably) shouldn't have done that year...
Ten Things We Shouldn't Have Done is such a fun, realistic contemporary novel, and is one of the best I've read this year. Each character is engaging and different, and their interwoven stories all kept me reading well past my bedtime. I remember I was at work wishing I could go home and see what happened next - I haven't had that feeling for a while!
Ten Things We Shouldn't Have Done is Sarah Mlynowski's second YA book to be published in the UK, and I hope to read Gimme A Call sometime soon. She has a great writing style and knows teenagers inside out, never compromising their realism or making them seem overly fictional. Her characters get into dodgy situations that teenagers are renowned for and, although the occasional event may seem too exaggerated, for the most part it's all on par with teenagers today.
April, the book's incredibly likeable main character, ends up living with her best friend Vi in her parent-less apartment with room for a new hot tub. April is dating Noah, who is an attractive, seemingly perfect boyfriend. You can imagine what their lives are like when they suddenly find themselves unsupervised and able to do whatever they want - teenage chaos ensues, and it's not always pretty. There are of course lots of laughs, and I still can't believe some of the stuff they got up to. This book is definitely very well titled!
I read Ten Things We Shouldn't Have Done when I just wanted something light and quick to lose myself in. It was exactly that, with more drama and more character development than I originally thought. I won't hesitate to read new Mlynowski books in the future, as I really enjoyed this one and still feel a little bereft at having finished April's story. Check it out if you're a fan of straight-up modern contemporaries - you won't be disappointed!