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Book Review: Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Title: Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have)
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Pages: 368
Publisher: HarperTeen (Imprint of Harper Collins)
Buy it: Amazon, B&N, Book Depository

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.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

There's just something about Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) that made me smile through the entire thing. It was a light and easy read and I found myself whizzing through the entire thing in one plane ride (short haul from HK to Singapore).

Staying with a friend--sounds good. No adult supervision--even better. That's why I dove into Ten Things We Did straight from page 1. April and Vi's plan seems foolproof, false emails, faking voices, they did it all. But then things start getting outrageous, what with parties, hot guy contests, hot tubs, and an adorable cat. And that is when the story really starts.

April was a lovable character, as was Vi. I had doubts about Noah right from the start, and seriously, what kind of guy would wear fluffy parkas 'cause he's insecure about being skinny? Sounded like a egocentric narcissist to me... Though then again, there was Hudson to balance Noah out, so it was fine.

Ten Things We Did takes you on a rollercoaster ride with April and Vi as they go through hot tubs (and hot guys) and the things they shouldn't have done. It's a book I'd happily curl up with on some fluffy comforter any day.

5 comments on "Book Review: Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have)"
  1. This book was so much fun! I definitely agree about Noah--he bugged me. But Hudson, there's another story. I think I'm in love with Hudson, especially after the trip to the vet :) Great review!

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  2. everyone keeps saying this book is fun. This is on september's TBR list so im reading it soon

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  3. I just won this book and am anxiously waiting for it to get here. It sounds amazing!

    Donna @ The Happy Booker

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  4. Sounds like a cute book to brighten up any bad day. Gosh, I want to read about Hudson!

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  5. I love this one!

    It sounds so cute and fun and mischievous!

    Thanks for the review:)

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