368 pages (Hardcover)
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. (From GoodReads)
I have a love/hate for books like this. I love them because they make me laugh. I hate them because they make me feel like I wasted my high school years.
However, despite feeling like I need to repeat my high school experience and get it right this time, I loved this book. I would call this a great beach read. It was fast-paced and witty. I'm usually not a fan of flashbacks, but the writing style of this book made it work. If you have a few hours to simply lounge around in the sun, pick up this book.
And don't get me started on the ending! I thought I had it all figured out (I was kinda right), but there are a couple of extra tidbits added in that just pull everything together wonderfully.
When I finished it, I actually had a little freak-out and hoped there was a sequel (which there isn't and there should be!) I wanted more! SO much more! I want more Hudson!
In summary, read this. Yup.
Much love, Samantha