July 3, 2011

Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn't have) Review

Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn't have)
by Sarah Mlynowski
Published by Harperteen June 7th 2011
Reviewed from ARC provided by the Publisher

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.

Ten Things I Loved About this Book ( I could probably write more)

  1. MC: April was an incredibly relate-able character- I saw my teenage self in her on each page
  2. Hudson. *swoon*-though I would have loved more of him and less of Noah
  3. April's love/hate relationship with her parents was reminiscent of mine, though I don't think I got away with nearly as much. I wish I had this book when I was 15
  4. Chapter headings-each chapter title was one of the ten things they did. The book was layed out well  and propelled the reader forward
  5. It's a page turner. See above. I read this in a sitting and couldn't put it down
  6. So funny! I can't believe some of the choices April made
  7. April's friendships. Vi was real to me, I knew someone (know someone) exactly like her
  8. This could also be titled "Parents: 10 things your kids will do" but don't panic
  9. Reminded me of times when I didn't have to be responsible for anyone else but myself
  10. Perfect Summer Read
Recommended Read.


  1. Oh what a fun review! I really, really loved this book. It had such an honest tone through out.

  2. I love her novels but I'm still waiting to get my hands on a copy of this. So glad to be reading so many great reviews on it, but it's not surprising.

  3. Yay! I'm glad you loved Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) too! It's definitely a great, summer read.

  4. I want this book. And I loved your review-- just makes me want it more.

  5. What a fun way to review this book! I definitely need to read this one soon! Everyone keeps talking about it! :)

  6. Aw, this one sounds like so much fun and a great beach read!

  7. I need to read this soon! Great review!!!

  8. Thanks guys, I'm glad you liked the review!!! You totally need to read it!