Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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

Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski
HarperTeen, 368 Pages
Released: June 7, 2011
Format: eBook (iPad)
Challenges: Completely Contemp Challenge

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.
----------------Goodreads summary

Notable Quote (because it's hilarious)
"How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck chlamydia?"

What a fun book! It's so funny and breezy - definitely one of the best light reads anyone could have!

Truthfully, I don't have much to say in this review beyond saying that I loved it! It's a great little story of a girl figuring out herself and her life wrapped into a neat, humorous story of antics and adventure. I loved the concept and the title and the list and all the craziness April finds herself in. I liked how the family was still a major part to the book, even if they weren't physically in much of it.

If you're looking for a hard hitting YA novel, well...I have no idea why you would have picked this book up in the first place. But if you want to thoroughly enjoy a story, laugh a little, feel a little, root for a friend in the romantic sense, hate the boyfriend, and wish you did a few of these things too...this is for you.

4 Stars / 5


  1. CandiceFebruary 16, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    I've been staring at this book for a while, wondering if I should buy it (it's only $.99!) but just haven't gotten around to it yet. Glad to see a review that talks about how cute it is. It certainly sounds that way!

  2. KatelynFebruary 16, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    I got this book for Christmas and still need to read it but my, it just sounds so great! I love that title like no other! It sounds like such a fun, enjoyable book. Great review :)

  3. Mandie BaxterFebruary 17, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    I adores this book!! Wasn't sure going in but quickly fell in love!! Great review!!

  4. Raimy from Readaraptor HatchlingFebruary 17, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    I loved this one too, it was such a fun read!

  5. nikkiMarch 27, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    This book has been waiting on my shelf for a while now. Thanks for the great review. I'm definitely going to have to read it really, really soon! Sound adorable.


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