The Low Down: April’s parents are divorced, and now her Dad wants to move to another state. Half-way through her junior year. Just when she and her boyfriend Noah are going to seal the deal. Can she live with her best friend, Vi (Dad approved), and Vi’s absent mother (NOT Dad approved) for the rest of the year?
Best Thang ‘Bout It: Who hasn’t wanted to live with a friend without any parental supervision? Especially when your boyfriend can visit whenever he wants? And you have a hot tub? The characters all seemed real, too.
I’m Cranky Because: I didn’t like it as much as Ms. Mlynowski’s Gimme A Call. I thought this book was a bit unrealistic on the parents-will-be-parents-and-will-overcheck-up-on-stuff front. The fact that April’s dad never spoke in person with Vi’s mom about the living arrangements didn’t ring true. And that’s the catalyst for the novel.
Should You?: It’s a good, well-written story. Go for it.
Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) was published on June 19, 2012 by HarperTeen.
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Ages: 13 and up