Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
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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.

My Thoughts

I will start by saying that I have not really read contemporary, so I wasn't sure whether I would like it or not. I was pleasantly surprised that I loved it. The story was really fun to read and I enjoyed getting to know the characters. I really enjoyed how they were realistic. It wasn't the popular girl, or the new girl who just moved to town and is trying to fit in. It was a bout a typical teenage girl who has a pretty normal life, and some family issues to work out. The book really reminded me of how I was as a teenager. The story flowed brilliantly and it touched on real experiences that people go through.I love how it's organized by each thing they did, that they shouldn't have. It's very entertaining and I couldn't help laughing, or smiling at most of it.

April, the main character was very likable. She is just so normal you can't help but like her. She thinks it will be the coolest thing to live with her friend Vi for the rest of the school year, because she doesn't want to leave everything behind to move with her father and step mother. Vi's mom will be gone so it will be just them. They can do whatever they want. She wants to spend time with her friends, party, have sex with her boyfriend, all those things that most teenagers want to do. Her character really grows though the book as she starts to learn some important life lessons.

I really liked the other characters too. Vi, and Marissa are April's best friends. Vi is a little bit of a control freak, but it makes her who she is. Marissa is cool and down to earth.  I never really cared for April's boyfriend Noah though. I mean he seemed nice enough, but he was so detached. I loved Hudson, and Dean. Dean is the hot, fun guy who flirts with everyone and acts like a player. Hudson is the more mysterious one. Absolutely gorgeous, but no one really knows too much about him. He likes it that way. He is also super sweet.

This book was just such a great read. There were a lot of lessons for teenage girls in this book, but it was really great to read as an adult too. I was really into the story and couldn't put it down. It was humorous, but had a wide range of emotions at one point or another through the book. If all contemporary is like this, than I am definitely a fan. This book was fantastic! 4.5 out of 5 stars.


  1. I loved this one, too! All the characters were so much fun. Great review, Amy! :)
    - Lauren

  2. Thank you Lauren. I really liked it. The characters were a lot of fun.

  3. This was a fun read. Thanks for visiting StuckInBooks.com today.


  4. Yay for your first comptemporary! I love them! They can be a really nice break from all the darker heavier stuff. Glad you liked it so much! :)

  5. Thanks Crissy!! I really did enjoy it, and I just finished Notes to Self which was good too.

  6. Fantastic review! I'm so happy you enjoyed this one. I've seen a couple other reviews on it and it was mixed reviews so I'm happy to see someone who likes it so much! :-D

  7. I was not really very into contemporary and I want to start reading more. I did enjoy this one. I thought it was fun.

  8. I thought this story would be a bit cliche, but i ended up hooked. The book is well written and hits on teen problems anyone can relate to.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it. I had never really read contemporary before this, so I didn't know what to expect. I loved it, and now I am hooked on contemporary novels.


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