Ten Things We Did and Probably Shouldn't Have by Sarah Mlynowski (368 pages)
Overview: April's parents divorced right before freshman year. Then her mother and brother moved to France. Through all the change, though, she always had Westport, Connecticut, her boyfriend, Noah, and her friends Marissa and Vi to keep her sane. So when her father announces April and his new wife Penney are moving with him to Ohio, April is sure she won't be going. Though a remarkable scheme, she convinces her father to let her move in with Vi, who's mother is part of a national tour of Mary Poppins! While two high school girls in their own house sounds like a dream, the girls realize that living alone might be harder than they thought, and people they wanted to depend on might not always be there for them. Overall: 4
Characters: 4 I really liked the cast for the most part. April was a great and relatable main character. Vi made for a great, somewhat levelheaded friend that made the perfect living companion for April. Marissa made a great extra friend. Hunter and Dean also made great characters. Noah wound up being much more of an important character than I'd thought at first. Aside from Lucy, the sometimes stalked, I thought Mlynowski created an awesome, full cast.
Plot: 4 I could not put this book down. It was responsible for two nights of no sleep, but in the best way. Going into this, having read I See London, I See France, I expected fluff with maybe a few bits of real substance, which was exciting after reading so many heavy books. This one delivered a fun story but, to my surprise, was much more grounded than the first of Mlynowski YA I'd read. The pacing was fast, and I really enjoyed the constant twists and turns in the story. She surprised me in multiple places.
Writing: 4 I thought that this book was great. It was well balanced, focused on friendship, and felt very real. I thought her work with characters, plot, and pacing was great. I also loved having 10 chapters divided into their own labeled scenes. It allowed her to jump around time and cut in and out of the story without jarring the reader. It was a great format. To Buy The Book: Click Here