Then Things We Did – reading this novel was not one of them! Book review!

Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)Ten Things We Did by Sarah Mlynowski

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I started this as a gym book. And then finished it the next day when I was home sick from work (stupid chest cold).

I was just craving something contemporary and easy to get through and then I picked this up. This fit both bills, but was so much more too.

This book is every kids dream. Get to live without parents with your best friend as a roommate. Except (just like I learned when I moved out) being responsible when you live at home VS. being responsible when you live on your own are two very different things. Learning about how to run the dishwasher, and doing laundry and grocery shopping.

Also she did this really fun thing where she would introduce the thing they shouldn’t have done. Then she would start the chapter, flash back to something earlier she alluded to at a previous time, then continue onwards. It played a lot with tenses/timing of things, and it was both fun and made me want to flip the pages faster to find out more.

The romances (yes plural) in this novel where deftly handled. There where several of them and I was pleased by how they where all uniquely handled.

There where parent issues, and those where unique as well. From the loving family, to the absent airheaded mom, to the divorced parents with kids lost in the middle of it.

Sex plays a large part in this novel. The decision to have sex. What it does to your relationship. The decision not to have sex. The good, the bad, and the consequences. I was very impressed by this. It wasn’t like a porno but a mature handling of things from a teen perspective. Nicely done!

This was exactly what I was looking for in picking up a contemporary novel, fun, full of feelings, with friends and boys and romance, and family issues. It had those awe moments, as well as the I can’t believe THEY just did that moments. This book was both deep, and light at the same time. Kudos!

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