Friday, September 2, 2011

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

Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have)
By: Sarah Mlynowski
Released: June 7, 2011
Source: Purchased E-book
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"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." (Summary from

Sarah Mlynowski's Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) is the story of April who lies her way into staying in a house with no adults. April doesn't want to move to a new city with her father and step- so she asks to stay with her friend Vi whose mother is also going to be out of town for sometime. Together April and Vi continue to fool their parents while enjoying the freedom of living without them.

I enjoyed Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) and finished it in only a few short hours. Who wouldn't love to have a house to yourself with your best friend for half of the school year? April is an enjoyable character and similar to the typical teenage girl. My favorite character was April's friend Vi who has some pretty wild ideas but is also responsible when she needs to be. I loved the bond the two girls share and how it continues to grow throughout the story. April has been dating Noah who she is madly in love with for two years and is ready for the next step in their relationship. I didn't like April's boyfriend Noah from the beginning because something just didn't feel right about him. I did love Vi's friends Dean and Hudson and wish they were in the story some more though.

Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) is filled with many hilarious moments but also touches on quite a few serious situations. Together April and Vi come up with some wild ideas and get themselves into some crazy and funny situations. However, they also learn a great deal about responsibility and the little things that go into taking care of a home such as laundry and grocery shopping. Mlynowski does a great job touching on topics such as family and sex as well. The plot flows easily from one page to the next and I loved the hilarious opening to this story. Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) is a fun and quick read that I recommend checking out.

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1 comment:

  1. This book looks really good and I've heard lots of great things about it. Nice review! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)


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