Genre: Romance, Comedy, Realistic Fiction
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.
Comedy definitely played a big role in this growing-up-with-benefits story. :) Sarah Mlynowski created a book that has so much meaning. I didn't know that April had so much growing up to do. She realized she couldn't blame her parents' divorce on every mistake she made. She hated change.
I thought this would be another LOL-worthy book, and instead I never expected to find a deep meaningful book that I extremely loved. :) It was amazing, and Sarah Mlynowski knew how to combine friendship, romance, and comedy to describe the pressures of growing up and letting change happen. Sarah Mlynowski blew me away with a story I never expected. :) It made me laugh, and I love Vi, who is April's best friend in the story. I just couldn't put this book down. It was amazing.
At some times, I didn't like April because of the decisons she made and blaming her parent's divorce on everything. But as she grew up, she realized that not only could she not do this, but she needed to grow up and accept and deal with change, rather than hide it. If you liked Gimme A Call, Sarah Mlynowski's other novel, then you will definitely love this one.
Likes: growing up, meaningful story, Vi + Dean, Vi, the comedy, Donut
Dislikes: April blaming everything on her parent's divorce, a little bit of predictable moments, Noah
*Note: This book has some language, teen drinking, and contains sexual content.