Published: HarperTeen (June 7, 2011)
Source: Jamie sent me an ARC and Anna got me a signed copy!
GoodReads Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: Have you ever merely read the first five pages of a book, a shizz-eating grin already spread wide across your face, and thought to yourself, "this book is going to make my face fall off from the laughter and general kickassness?" And then make a vow to yourself to hunt down everything this author has written?
I'd have to say that's exactly what happened with Ten Things. Seriously. Anna has it chronicled in her review of this very book.
April is hands down one of the freshest MCs I've read about in a hot minute. She's so...REAL. My favorite thing about this entire novel is that Sarah Mlynowski depicts teen life so accurately (at least to me). There's the drinking, the crushes, the partying, and she does so in a way that is not at all over-the-top or "stretching the truth." These things happen. (Not to mention she tackles some VERY touchy subjects. You'll see.)
And I've formed a fierce connection with a cat named Donut. I've only ever felt this way about one other literary animal, and that's the camel from Lucy Christopher's Stolen. Donut is my absolute favorite character in the entire book and almost caused me to cry JUST A LITTLE BIT.
Read this book, if only to meet Hudson. The older, cat-loving, completely supportive and understanding cute boy who is totally not a doucher. The book is easy to read, unputdownable, and I love that the chapters list all the things that April and her friends should not have done. But you know they did them anyway. What fun would it be if they didn't, right?
Sarah Mlynowski, ILU.