When her father and step-mother announce that they’re moving to Ohio, April is adamant about staying in her Connecticut hometown. But with her mom already living in Paris, she really doesn’t have many housing options. So she concocts an impossible, crazy plan with her friend Vi, and two fake email addresses and a few dozen lies to their parents later, the girls have their own house, a sweet monthly allowance, and complete freedom. But getting through the semester without their parents finding out about the deception might prove to be harder than the girls initially thought, especially when they’re so busy with their boyfriends (and boys who aren’t their boyfriends), buying a hot tub, avoiding the nosy daughter of their high school counselor, and generally just doing things they probably shouldn’t.
Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) is a hilarious, crazy, and utterly absorbing book about freedom, fun, love, and growing up. April is a quirky and smart narrator who is a little naive, but very realistic; her enthusiasm for life and excitement for freedom is contagious, and the ups and downs of her life without parents is entertaining and endearing. The girls do get a little crazy when it comes to partying (they even go so far as to buy a hot tub), and they have plenty of boy drama. But anyone who has ever struck out on her own will find humor in this story as April must learn how to do laundry, go grocery shopping, and adapt to the responsibilities that come with the freedom she desires. While this book is a lot of fun, it’s not without its more serious moments as April struggles with feelings of resentment towards her mother for her parents’ divorce and deals with some unforeseen consequences of her relationship with her boyfriend, Noah. Mlynowksi has created a world that many teens would love to live in, with lots of laughs and plenty of delicious boy drama, but at the same time deals with those ever-present family issues that no one can hide from. All in all, Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) is a humorous and smart read about growing up and figuring out life, one crazy mistake at a time.