Book Review: Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn’t have) by Sarah Mlynowski

Details: Hardcover, 368 pgs.
Published: June 7th, 2011 by HarperTeen
Reading Level: Young Adult 
Source: Borrowed


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.

My friend Lori described this book as one that you feel as though your peeking through your fingers with your hands over your eyes.  You can’t look but yet you can’t resist.  Cause these girls get in some trouble!  It was a great and fun ride the whole time and the book was near impossible to put down (while at the same time your terrified to keep reading!).  

While you would think that it would be unrealistic that a parent would leave their child to stay with a friend the author managed to pull it off in a believable way.  And the way things played out all seemed quite realistic as well.  I actually really connected with these characters.  Not that I understood or agreed with everything, but I knew their personalities, which led to their actions.   Well, April and Vi anyway.  April and Vi could have been my best friend and I in high school but with a few different things personality wise.  My BFF and I got an apartment right after we got out of high school so I kind of ‘got it’, you know?  Fortunately we didn’t have to hide anything cause we didn’t have parents to answer to etc, anymore.  

The romance in the book was pretty awesome.  The author managed to do a good job in confusing me.  I was in Aprils head and I knew she loved Noah, but I felt her hesitation and her attraction to Hudson.  So I wasn’t sure which direction the book would take but I definitely felt myself liking Hudson more and more.  
Although this book is a great bit of fun there are some serious notes.  It’s definitely for the older YA (lots of sex talk) but it does show the repercussions of your actions.  And that is important, in my opinion.  

The thing that I liked the most about the book was that it felt real.  I mean, I felt like I was in the book.  It sucked me and I was a character myself (though I was screaming NO! DON’T DO IT! half the time).  But the author did an amazing job getting into a teenagers head.  

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  1. I honestly hadn’t given this book much thought because I didn’t sound like something I’d like, but I’m reconsidering that now. I could use a more lighthearted and fun read and it sounds like Mlynowski does just that with this one.

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