Saturday, July 2, 2011

Ten Things We Did(and probably shouldn't have) by Sarah Mlynowski

Young Adult: 368 Pages
Published: June 7th, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: None
Source: Review copy from publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon
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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.

This is my first book by Sarah Mlynowski but I have heard many great things about her books and her 'Magic in Manhattan' series. After getting a taste of her fabulous writing in Ten Things We did, I can't wait to get my hands on that series.

Ten Things We did was the perfect summer novel. It is full of fun content but also has a seriousness to it. I found the balance between the two just right. Like I said earlier, Sarah's writing style made me breeze through the novel. She didn't overwhelm me with unnecessary details but was able to pen her settings so visually, I felt as if I was one of Vi's and April's roommates. How I would have loved to spend a weekend with those two! The outrageousness that these two girls got involved in at times had me laughing out loud or shaking my head in amazement. After reading this book I had a big urge to go 'Hulaing'. The girls get involved in some pretty crazy stuff, but that is to be expected if your living on your own with your best friend, parent less. Some trouble is bound to happen!

What I loved about Ten Things We Did was that the author got into the minds of teenagers almost flawlessly, including the male characters. The book touches on a lot of subjects that seem to come in contact with most teenagers; Alcohol, partying and Sex, but I thought the author wrote it well. And her character cast reacted to  those situations pretty much exactly how most teenagers would.

I loved Ten Things We Did(And probably shouldn't have). It had everything I look for in a summer read but with a little extra punch to it. A great read for soaking in the sun!
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4 comments:

  1. I haven't read this one yet but I've read one of the author's previous books and loved it. So I'm hoping I'll enjoy this one as well. Thanks for the review!

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  2. I just finished this too and I totally agree. It was one of the most entertaining books I've read in a long time!

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  3. This looks super adorable! Might have to read it. Sounds so perfect for summer!

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  4. Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) was my first time reading a novel by Sarah Mlynowski as well! I really enjoyed the book as well with its fun, laugh-out-loud moments combined with more serious, heartfelt ones. Great review!

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