May 31, 2012

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

Title: Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: June 7, 2011
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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.

Around the time Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) came out, I  remember not really being interested in it. A lot of people were buzzing about it, saying how much they loved Sarah Mlynowski and how excited they were to read her newest, but I was just sort of indifferent to it all. But when I finally did decide to give Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) a chance, I was so disappointed in myself for shrugging it off earlier!

Above all else, Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) is pure fun. It’s a book that you can sit down if you’re stressed or if you’re just looking for a pleasure read and it will completely take you away for a while, which I think is exactly what I needed when I read it. The story is a bit far-fetched, but I was having such a good time reading it I really didn’t care. 

Now I see what the big deal was about Sarah Mlynowski! After reading Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) I am so eager to go pick up more of her books. If they’re anything at all like this one, I’m sure to have a good time ahead of me when I’m reading them! Mlynowski is a talented author that not only writes entertainingly, but well. 

April and her friends and foes were all very likeable. Thinking back, I can’t remember a single character that I didn’t like or connect to in some way. They’re all written with dimension and character. There are a lot of characters, but they all stand out and help make Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) the best it could be.

Though it does have its few flaws, they are minute when it comes to the big picture. Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) is a fun, humorous book that will have you flipping pages and forgetting about everything else in your life. Treat yourself and pick up Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have). You won’t regret it.


  1. I loved the humor in this one so much although I found a couple of the incidents a little too far out. Definitely worth reading though!

  2. Oh neat, I love a book that's pure fun! I believe I've seen this on my Nook for a decent price so I may just pick it up after reading your review :)


  3. I really liked this book, the humor was definitely my favorite part of the book. I'm glad that you ended up liking this one!


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