Five years ago, I read Gimme a Call by Mlynowski. It was a cute, fun summer read, light and well-written, not at all shallow: a perfect comfort read for a lazy hot afternoon. As the temperatures around here have crept into triple digits, I found myself wanting a few of these kinds of reads. Ten Things We Did had been on my to-read list for quite some time, and the library had a downloadable e-copy available to borrow. Score!
Basic plot: April’s family has fallen apart. Her mother and brother moved to France several years back, and now her dad and stepmom drop a bombshell: they’re moving to Ohio in less than two weeks, in the middle of April’s junior year. She doesn’t want to leave her life behind – not her school, not her friends, not her boyfriend. She hatches a plan to live with her friend Vi for the rest of the semester, under Vi’s mother’s care. Except Vi’s mom isn’t really there. She’s traveling with an acting troupe, and Vi and April are all alone. The deceptions mount.
Just like Gimme a Call, this book was awesome. I gobbled it up in a day, and it provided perfect summer comfort. It’s a book with a lot of deep issues – relationship troubles, fear of living out parents’ mistakes/actions, loyalty, sex issues (including STDs), growing up and learning about responsibility, etc. At the same time, it’s light and a good story, fun to read, and touching, too. It’s not a cheesy happily-ever-after kind of book, but not an everything-falls-into-misery kind of book, either. I loved it.