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TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN’T HAVE)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult
Need a break from the paranormal? This is the book for you! Mlynowski’s latest is so realistic that adult YA fans will cringe as teen readers thrill at April’s sudden independence and all the drama and excitement it brings. A really, really great read.
High school junior April’s dad and stepmom have just dropped a bombshell: they’re moving to Cleveland in a week. April schemes to stay behind in Connecticut with her friends and her BF Noah, finally scoring a spot at her friend Vi’s house. Only Vi’s mom is away too, so the girls are on their own. It’s fun, sure, but Noah’s acting weird and April’s got to learn the difference between laundry and dishwashing detergent; you know, the less fun parts of being a grown-up. (HARPERTEEN, Jun., 368 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9780061701245, HC, 16 & Up)
Reviewed By: Marie Bongiorno
Published: June 2011