Pub. Date: June 7th 2011
Pages: 368 pages
From Goodreads.comI had a bit of an obsession with Sarah Mlynowski's MAGIC IN MANHATTEN Series and when I found out this book was coming out I could not resist. Her books have always proved interesting and hilarious.
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.
Many have compared this to the movie, The Hangover, but fear not! This book does not have the nasty jokes found in said movie. The plot is much better too. It's the dream of every teenager to live on their own with a friend, and this shows (sadly) what would probably happen. While it may be a bit of a downer (because teens see what horrors would come to living with said friend on their own in said fairytale world), it is still a fantastic read. The whole story is written with humor and light-hearted fun and is just plain good.
April is not the smartest fictitious girl in the YA world, BUT she is completely and utterly easy to relate to. She made every mistake I probably would make, and also made a few smarter choices that I would consider too. It was fun to read about the mess of her life April made. (I know it sounds cruel, but read this book and you'll see what I mean).
Overall this book was the highlight of my day. Go buy this book now! It was so fun to read and I am excited to see what other stories Sarah has in store for us in the future!
Rating: 4.5 stars / 5 stars